I dunno, imagine a topic like
“What is your personal opinion on X?”
While I can probably read the posts and then agree I could also want to reply to the OP directly because it make sense that way.
Or what about a topic with 5k replies? Let’s say I am a new user and want to reply to that topic. Are you really expecting me to read through all replies?
See, the point I am trying to make is: You are asking “Why would you” while I believe the real question should be "Why would you not?"
A forum is a software that is supposed to enable you to do things. While you can restrict things, there will always be exception to the rule.
As a matter of fact, the only reason I found this was because a I had a reason to reply to the OP without reading the final posts. Otherwise, I would not have considered writing this report.
Also: a keyboard shortcut that works based on your position in the topic is not the right way to tell me to read posts. I hope we can agree on that.
If a keyboard shortcut silently fails it looks like the software is broken.
I actually first believed that that shortcut was removed and wrongfully left in the help.
Filed Under: Our opinions might differ, obviously. Feel free to correct me or tell me your view on things
Actually, you know what, just to further elaborate how this could happen, let’s use the actual scenario that happened:
On our forum we have a forum we call the “status”-topic. Where you post your current “status” (meaning things you are currently doing, things that bother you, things you think about… stuff like that). The topic itself is held together by the fact that all posts are either a status or a reply to a status.
It makes sense to group them that way and (IMO) is a good way to bring a comunity closer together.
Now my post was a new status. It has not correlation to any other post. If anybody else in that topic had already posted such a thing, it would still be my current status and therefor unique in that way.
You might argue that such a topic is stupid/useless/whatever but at the end of the day, it exists and to me it feels valuable enough to post in it.
So, yeah, that’s what happened
(god, I sound like I need to defend my way of using a forum… I am sorry for that. I just wanted to clear it up. No hard feelings)