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topic/thread A B C D E day v post > Mon 1,2 1 1 1,2,3 Tue 3,4 2 2,3 4,5 Wed 5,6,7,8,9 3 4 6,7,8 1 Thu 10 4,5,6 9 2,3,4 Fri 11,12,13,14 7,8,9,10 5 10,11,12 5Looking at this the way that you would see it if you left the site on Sunday Looking at this the way that you would see it if you left the site on Sunday and returned Friday evening, if you accessed these threads in this order, you would read A, B, C, D, E. If these are all topics or threads on a related subject, part of one multi-thread discussion, you're going to see five parallel conversations. But, if you are reading this a few times a day, you might see the posts appearing something like this --
topic/thread A B C D E day v post > Mon 1,2 3 7 4,5,6 Tue 8,10 9 11,12 13,14,15 Wed 21-26 19 16 17,18,20 27 Thu 28 30,33,35 29 31,33,34 Fri 36,43,44,47 37,38,39 40 41,42,46 45Without trying to draw conclusions, it's pretty obvious that not only are the conversations influencing each other, but they are really one big, sprawling conversation. You are more aware of the back-and-forth, and you see immediately how a comment made in topic E affects the activity in topic A (just an example. You can't prove it by this diagram, I made it up, but it's representative of how things seem to happen.) Reading it as it happens, firing off messages and comments in chatspace and backchannels such as email, telephone, and private spaces, it's obvious. Reading it more asychronously, the tone and tenor of the conversation seems different. Humans are built for synchronous conversations. In asynchronous communication environments, they will develop conscious or unconscious simulations of synchronous communications. This is related to but not the same as the problem of interpreting posts and messages differently due to a lack of body language, vocal cadence, and tone of voice, the inadequacy of emoticons to convey the subliminals we depend on.The community is much more clearly seen in the daily back and forth, give and take, than in the sterile environment of last month's posts.