GG I'd say about 80% of the people around here just read the first post and hit reply.
That's exactly what I said.
I know, look at your post then mine and it becomes clear what I was doing.
By "reading the first post" in a thread are you referring to the most recent post or the oldest? It appears you mean the most recent, but in many cases the most recent post is on the last page.
It all depends on if you have your format set up to have the oldest post appear first on pg1 or the most recent post first on pg1.