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6th-Sep-2005 12:48 pm
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Poll #565402 Footnotes

Perfect Pedal Pitch

I usually read the footnote as soon as I read the marker for it.
2(6.7%)
I usually don't read footnotes.
0(0.0%)
I often defer reading the footnote until after finishing the paragraph/section/page/whatever.
1(3.3%)
I run an internal dialog that determines how interesting the footnote is likely to be.
0(0.0%)
The above dialog script's execution time can be longer than it would take to read the footnote.
0(0.0%)
I do something else, bizarre and/or NSW with footnotes.
0(0.0%)
I would have noticed multiple answers are allowed without this reminder.
0(0.0%)
Regret nothing!
1(3.3%)
Comments 
6th-Sep-2005 10:30 am (UTC)
...that was interesting.
2nd-Jan-2006 03:19 am (UTC)
I realize this is an old poll, but I was just looking through your journal, and I’ve been reading a book with lots of footnotes, so I have recent data fresh in my head. The something else bizarre and/or NWS that I do with footnotes is skim through all the footnotes for a chapter in advance, or at least some of them, so that I know in advance which numbers are only citations and which ones have interesting stuff. So I’ll see that the first 6 footnotes are just citations, and footnote 7 is half a page of dialogue, and then I read through the chapter until I get to footnote 7, and then read the footnote. I generally read all the citations anyway (at least to the point of noticing whether it’s an author or work I’ve heard of), but not necessarily interspersed with the text.
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