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I do it myself. Constantly on my tablet, see a post in hpc I want to reply to but cant be bothered to tediously type out a reply onto the onscreen kbd. Even my punctuatin and spelling suffers, I cant be bothered with apostropges so Im high on the hitlist of the Apostrophe Protection Society.

Just look at this post... and this was hard work!

Anybody else feeling this?

Antique Monkeys anyone?

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Ever since I was connected to the internet, I've always had one 'forum' on the go that was my go to mainly for 'off topic' chat like this. In recent years obviously social media has taken over, but I find social media, especially twitter and facebook, to be very limited and shallow compared to the discussions that you can get going on a forum.

I even saw a similar effect in online dating; the few women who I really liked where without fail the ones who wrote proper 'letter' style replies. Over the last few years online dating disintegrated into trying to communicate with people who could only be bothered writing a few words at a time, and even then vowels were optional it seemed. And of course now we have Tinder where you get to decide without actually writing anything.

So even though short messages and swipes have taken over the world (and we're poorer for it in my opinion), I still love forums.

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I only post when I am at a desktop. Tablets too annoying in terms of speed of typing (I touch type as I think on a desktop - laptop is like being spasticated).

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I'd say 80% my posts are from a mobile. It's no trouble but I agree that using a tablet,which I now rarely do,is a pain. I gave my nexus 7 away. Updates killed it really. Went from snappy to useless.

It is easier from a mobile because of autocorrection. Oddly the predictive word tab was ten times better on Windows mobile to the heap of crap Android Im now using.

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Its not just forums it seems to affect. I've listed things on eBay and I get stupid questions that are already answered in the very short description which I can only assume its because reading the description on the 'app' version of eBay is so bloody clunky.

A lot of forums are losing ground to Bookface, but Bookface can't do half as good a job of managing long discussions or technical howtos for example and trying to find a discussion from 2 days ago on Bookface? Forget it...

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Facebook was meant to herald the end of forums but as has been noted the reality of Facebook discussion is short shallow statements sprinkled with LOLs and Likes.

It's forums lite for morons with a five second attention span.

A problem with a forum vs other social media is it tends to be draped around one, often quite narrow, subject that's been done to death.

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Facebook was meant to herald the end of forums but as has been noted the reality of Facebook discussion is short shallow statements sprinkled with LOLs and Likes.

It's forums lite for morons with a five second attention span.

I was almost driven mad whilst in hospital constantly hearing about people's FB pages. Even worse was one ward's TV that was continously on cr*p TV.

I was force fed Homes Under the Hammer, those property progs about the country or going to Oz/Nz and soaps. It was hellish.

When the TV news came on people would change channels. I felt that I was being tortured between the crap TV and the FB chit chat.

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Quoting and smilies are more tricky from a mobile. Plus YouTube links never seem to preview properly.

Other than that I don't find a lot of difference.

Does anyone else prefer the full version of most forums over the mobile versions though (even from a mobile device)?

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