Whole story with the caveat that that only applies to ones that look as if they'll be interesting.
"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~
I think the question is more of a case by case basis and sort of a step process.
I first scan the headline, if that is interesting I'll read the summary, if that's interesting I'll read the whole story, and if the whole story is interesting I'll sift through the comments.
So all of the above really.
Wouldn't that be "read the summaries" for both of you?
But anyway, I actually read everything, even the Newsbytes archives (though only because I, you know, post them). Even the comments. And I really don't think comments matter. Well, except for my article's comments, because they may actually be addressed to me, and be pointing out ways to improve.
Heck, I even read the comments to the polls.
However, I usually don't read links in other people's articles.
I think it's "it depends", which is an entirely reasonable choice that is not on the poll.
I guess what I was getting at is where people stop, most of the time.
Comments might not matter to you directly, but I suspect they do matter for search optimization purposes.
I generally read the summaries of most articles.
There are a few topics which I always read the entire article, and plenty that I only read the title of, however.
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