The short answer is that it doesn’t. Stephen is right. It’s just a message board where people are posting about movies, games, tv shows, politics, and lots and lots about the kind of food they like. Ultimately, you’re right, I should be doing something more productive with my time rather than reading and posting on a message board. So I guess disabling jump reply will help with that.
I will provide a small counter-example of that in the politics topic though. In the example above, those three separate things I discussed that would be in the Immigration thread, if I had skipped past two of them and never read them, it’s true, I’d be none the wiser that I’d missed a good discussion, or in the case of the third mini-discussion, missed my chance to share my own memories of coming here as an immigrant. And the truth is, I don’t check every topic. I do sometimes just skip large potions of certain threads. The only exceptions to that are the threads like the one I’m describing where there’s topics being discussed that are important to me. These topics don’t just provide reading material, they help solidify and refine ideas. I then discuss these topics with my co-workers and friends, none of whom are the same political persuasion as me. Sometimes reading these threads actually helps me frame ideas in a way that make sense in the real world to the people around me, and it helps change their minds. Unlike message boards, people in the real world talking around a lunch table are very conducive to a well made point, and I’ve managed to change minds over the last three years, and had my own changed on a few things as well.
Thing is, I know which topics have these kind of valuable discussions and which ones don’t. I know which ones are likely to have them, I should say. There’s always the occasional off-topic fantastic discussion that breaks out in a completely unrelated thread, and if I miss that, it’s okay. The point is, I want to be in control of that. Whether I want to skip discussions in a particular thread or not.