Very often I find TL;DR in a post. It's usually in bold or like a title.

What does it mean? Where should it be used?


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"too long; didn't read"

People use it to introduce a summary section of their post, for those who can't be bothered with quite so many words.

tl;dr: tl;dr

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    I'm sorry, could you put in a tl:dr? that was just a huge wall of text, and I didn't have time to read it all.
    – Dragonrage Mod
    Jun 7, 2016 at 18:33
  • @Dragonrage how is that? Jun 7, 2016 at 18:38
  • much better, thanks. :) though it could be bolded to stand out better.
    – Dragonrage Mod
    Jun 7, 2016 at 18:38
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    It seems I'm a pro for getting downvotes. This is a simillar question to this, just that one has 21 upvotes. (?!?!?!?!?)
    – user143228
    Jun 7, 2016 at 18:40
  • @RudolfL.Jelínek I don't know. I haven't voted on either this question or the one you linked, either way. Jun 7, 2016 at 18:41
  • The OP question also has two downvotes.
    – Brythan
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:35
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    This is pretty much spot on. I use it as "too long, dont read", but then I do put it at the top.
    – user106385
    Jun 7, 2016 at 23:40
  • "Too long; don't read" for when you're writing it as a summary for other users. "Too long, didn't read" is for when responding to a post. Also: Teal Deer. :P
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jun 8, 2016 at 0:49
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    @RudolfL.Jelínek I didn't vote on this question, but I think the reason it was downvoted was because TLDR is a general internet term - a google search would have given you the right answer. However, the other question, OP means something different on SE than it does in games themselves (original poster in SE, overpowered in gaming). Therefor its answer probably couldn't have been easily found in a google search. Jun 8, 2016 at 9:54
  • @angussidney ok
    – user143228
    Jun 8, 2016 at 13:12

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