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TL;DR, short for "too long; didn't read", is Internet slang to say that some text being replied to has been ignored because of its length. In slang it can also stand for "Too lazy; didn't read". It is also used as a signifier for a summary of an online post or news article.
On reddit, tldr is the subreddit serving as the site's daily recap. Long posts on reddit are also frequently followed or preceded by a summary, consisting of a sentence or brief paragraph, that is prefixed by the phrase "TL;DR", and the abbreviation is sometimes used as a noun denoting such a summary, as in "Please include a TL;DR along with your post".
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The reddit bot "autotldr", created in 2011 automatically summarizes news articles in the comment-section of reddit posts. It was found to be very useful by the reddit community which upvoted its summaries hundreds of thousands of times.
Various applications, services, websites, groups and individuals that summarize lengthy content exist online.[which?] Wikipedia and especially its lead sections can be seen as such a website.[better source needed]
Furthermore, some journalists have started adding "tl;dr"s to their articles and many already add summarizing subheaders. The uses of such summaries allow readers to decide whether or not they are interested in investing their time in reading the full article.
In the academic community, this concept is known as an "abstract" and has been used for many decades.
- Abstract (summary)
- Attention economy
- BLUF (communication): Bottom Line Up Front
- Information overload
- Internet culture
- Lexicographic information cost
- Long-form journalism
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TL;DR, abbrev.: ‘too long didn’t read’: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post.
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