Rather than putting the emphasis on how much is or isn’t excerpted, the initiator of a thread can help the readers even more by using Comment #1 to summarize what they think is important about the story they have linked.
Two of the most irritating posting habits around FR:
1. Links to articles with no description of what is contained in the article.
2. Even worse, links to videos with no description of the subject matter and value of the video. You can’t scan a video. I almost never follow video links unless there is some description of what is in the video.
Those two can be included in either the heading to a thread or in comments of a thread.
Agreed. I’m a news junkie and look at every post on FR. Don’t have time or interest in everything posted. It’s nice when things have descriptions so I don’t miss anything. Don’t have the time to waste following mystery links either.
Another annoyance is linking to the home page of a blog or news source instead of the actual article. A link to a home page will break the next time the blogger posts or the news source goes to a new lead story. Instead, one should click through to the article by itself and then link to that page. Or look around for a an explicitly labeled
permalink and copy its target URL.