************ I create threads because I'm curious and want to open a discussion or find out what others think of the topic I have in mind. There were times I've created threads to generate activity in a specific section. Sometimes, while talking to someone we'd have an interesting controversial discussion that we decide to move it to a thread to see if it would generate as much interest/ideas as it did in our conversation. I try to check if a similar thread has been done about it (scan threads within the related forum or use Search function). If it's been done recently, I just post to it or add something else to my thread idea to make it different. Yes, I have those times when I'm offline and something happens that either reminds me of an existing thread or makes me think that it would make an interesting thread to discuss (if I don't forget about it when I'm online). I think I create more threads under Lifestyle section (and its subforums). As for patterns, I notice the ones who take more time/effort than average to reply to my threads (usually members like Icegoat, Altan, Bliss, Bananas and Sim) especially in the Relationships and the MD section.