I’ll never catch up even remotely. I don’t even open half of the posts these days. How many times can you tell someone the proper settings to cut a material or the importance of having flat materials? Sucks that your camera is misaligned. Your browser is acting weird on Android… go figure. Yes I get that you are unhappy that you haven’t gotten your unit in Norway yet (Seriously. That sucks. But I can’t contribute, so I generally don’t even open those).
I only really jump in when it’s something new or creative, and rarely do low-level basics support these days. I say rarely… it still feels quite often that I help someone with newbie questions but in terms of the %age of newbie help requests, it’s very low. There are just too many people out there that require the same things over and over for any one person to help, so I pick and choose when to chime in – hopefully I’m doing my part.
What I do read:
I try to read every made on a glowforge post. I read all beyond the manuals that seem interesting by the title. Anything that looks like a discussion of technique, I’m in. Direct replies or mentions of me (Vanity, thy name is evansd2!). All replies to my posts, providing the topic hasn’t wandered too far.
What I don’t:
Most everything about cutting materials that I have no interest in unless it’s a material I haven’t seen used yet. I rarely go back and read replies to posts, only when the topic seems unresolved. (Made on a glowforge is notorious for a lot of “eh” replies, if the post is good but really basic --as in a well-executed engrave-- I’ll comment and say that’s great, but that’s for the poster, and I assume the great bulk of comments will be the same, they aren’t for me, ergo I don’t go back and see all the other “way to go”'s)
I think that reading every single post would just take far too much time. That being said… looking at the ten most recent posts right now:
1 topic I won’t open, not interested.
2 I haven’t seen yet and will read directly after this comment.
6 I looked at the original post, and it has since been commented on. Will not read those, waste of time, the topic is going nowhere.
1 I read the original post on and will go back and see the followup, it had an interesting topic and was not resolved.
(For kicks I looked at the ten beyond that, even worse: 9 threads that aren’t worth going back to, one that was a thread I started but I may ignore it for now, it has a life of its own way beyond my original intent.)
Anyway, we all use the forum differently. I just don’t think that sheer number of posts you’ve read is by itself indicative of anything, so I question the wisdom of using it as a yardstick.