I don't read many just probably the first five since most post are opinion ones it doesn't matter if i read anyone elses. I do read them all if there aren't many but usually i will read the first page and thats all.
I'll always read a majority of the replies in a thread in order to get a feel of the conversation/topics being discussed. There are some instances in which there isn't much discussion to be had, so I won't read the whole thread. Though, in a topic with a lot of discussion going on, I think it's necessary to read the replies on all pages. At least, all pages within reason. You wouldn't want to be reading through 30 pages of discussion just to write a short reply.
If you're one of these people that skips all the replies and just goes straight to commenting, it's not really going to be as contributory or informed as a reply that did take the extra time and made the extra effort to absorb the conversation and forge a decently sized, well informed, educated and contributory reply.
Of course, if I see a thread with many replies saying the exact same thing such as "Yes I liked it". "I liked it". "Yes it was good". "Yes". Then there isn't much discussion or reading to be done. Though, I will read the first few pages and then the last page just to make sure I haven't missed any points that people have put forward that they wish to be discussed. That's the whole point of a forum. Discussion! :O
No, and this thread is a prime example of it. I read none of the posts and only read the thread topic. You could have asked something totally different in the body but I'll never know unless I get the courage to go read it
For me it really depends on the thread, in some threads I read the opening post and decide to answer it there, in other threads I read a couple of posts, maybe the whole first page before replying, sometimes, if the topic really interest me, I could end up reading the whole thread before composing a reply.
Well, it depends. There are times when I feel it is necessary to read the entire thread to compose a proper response to the topic at hand. I'd rather avoid appearing clueless as to what's going on. If for whatever reason I am unable to read the entire thread, I'll at the very least quickly browse through to get a main idea of where the discussion is. Such threads include RPs and debates in the MD section, where it is often required that most [if not the entire] thread be read.
However, some threads are not worth wasting my time to read. Said threads are either 1.) Quick response threads, like "What's Your Favorite Color?" or "The Picture Thread", in which no discussion or debates are necessary; all that is necessary is to reply to the OP, hence the application of the term "quick response." 2.) A simple forum game [excluding most RPs] where the topic is practically nonexistent and, if anything, all that is required is that the post above be read.
There are times, however - when I'm bored, have a lot of time on my hands, and nothing better to do - where I'll just relax and read the entire thread just for fun. Many interesting things can be found, especially in threads that existed before I joined the forums. One can also learn a lot about the ZD DGN community and get to know members better by reading certain threads in which they posted. I admit that longer threads can be a pain, though.
I usually read the first page and then contribute if I can. I'll read more if it's a discussion or something and not just individual opinions.
As for long posts, I will read the post if I am interested and I respect the poster.