Just to be clear, you're talking about the underutilized trading post thread right. http://www.styleforum.net/t/104393/official-thrifters-trading-post#post_1782670 If not, is there some other trade/flip thread I haven't found? Personally I recommend only reading the first 500-800 posts. At some point after that the posting rate exploded and the consistent quality went down. While there is, as everyone points out, an awful lot of education in the rest, I think reading the whole thing is burdensome and there is a point of diminishing returns. There should also probably be several other essential ranges of posts that all should read out of everything since 800 or so - stuff like Nat's Polo Bear sweater. Those things just become part of the community knowledge of the thread, the stuff of inside jokes. Klobber's reference in his post to reading in 3 min what took him an hour to write as a deliberate call back to his own prof saying he'd read in a night what took the prof 4 years to write. Eventually you know the commu nity call back jokes, but some of the stuff is so far back, you have to be given cliffs' notes. Sorry, I don't have all the references. Maybe after I finish my own dissertation I can go back and do that.