Just curious...how many of you pay attention to member's credits when posting?

Canada
January 5, 2008 5:02pm CST
I just congratulated a friend who was happy to have met his own goal of making 5000 posts. That discussion created a curiosity about how many members actually pay attention to that number beside the login name? I am included to check it out every time I respond. When I see someone with under 100 clicks I make a point of welcoming them to Mylot because in my mind they are still newbies here. Other times I stand in awe of the 'big time numbers' where committed members are waaaaay up there with over fourteen thousand credits and I take my hat off to them. It will be a year in mid may since I became a member and I still have a way to go before I will even reach 2000. During the last couple of months I haven't been here as much and I was blown away as I observed how some members who were at a way lower count had increased their numbers dramatically in a relatively short time. I respect their commitment and ability to do what they do...and I just accept that I will plod along and do what I can and my number will grow accordingly. No big push because I do not view what we do as any kind of a contest...but the number does reveal to me how much time people spend here within certain time frames. So if you'd care to share whether the clicks are something you pay attention to or not I'd be interested in knowing. If not...happy clicking one post at a time. Cheers, Raia
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I thought it was me you were talking about Raia, but a bit hurt it wasnt. Who's the lucky member to reach 5k? I'd probably stop by and say something. A few times I pay attention to posting amounts but not that much. For my personal number, a lot of it is the amount of responses to people's problem threads and other helpful threads. I think a fourth or less of my posting is opinions. One can see a lot of good things with more of my responses, but I see with other lower amounts a picture is easily displayed (not too much to go through on review). Members will take post counts as they will. But hopefully members will take heed to take many responses of that person to paint the picture of that person, instead of just one. That's getting annoying in my view.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Ahhh...I am sorry that I inadvertently missed acknowledging that you also reached your 5,000th post and caused a little hurt. I would never do that knowingly...so I am sorry for that. The member that posted it as a discussion is williamsirjr..(I think that is his login name.) Did you post your 'wah-hoooo' at making that milestone number? In any case let me take this moment to sincerely congratulate you on reaching that number...no small feat in my view. I am a long way for attaining anywhere near that...but I am not here to compete and like you do not play the numbers game as a way of measuring who and what a member is or does here. I'd much rather focus on quality than quantity and you certainly provide that...and you are so right when you say that it takes a full 'perspective' of a person's discussions and responses to evaluate where they are coming from. I appreciate your support and interest in this site and hope to have more time to participate on yours as well. All the best... Raia
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I did notice Aussies response to high numbers and got slightly discouraged. I mean I have a wealth of good responses, discussions and best responses (REALLY worth a look especially the BRs). Sometimes a high count might mean someone's doing one liners all the time, but check a profile's responses and BRs... then see what is really going on.
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• Canada
20 Jan 08
I agree that his comment does sound like sour grapes to me too. I see it more the way you do! Raia
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I set personal goals when I get on mylot. For example Jan 1, 2008. The most time I spent here was reading over responses.And marking ones that I thought were the best. As for the rest it takes care of itself. I know that I am over 800. Congrats on your friends reaching personal goals. Sometimes that is all tha counts.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Hi...your addition about setting personal goals is something I do too..but with less fervor than when I first signed up. I had three specific goals that drove me...the first 100 to get my star...500 so I could cut and paste and then the first 1,000. Since then I work in five's and have a need to sign off with either a zero or five count. As for reaching beyond that right now I am more laid back about it and tend to think in terms of the next five hundred that credits rather than striving for big reaches like a thousand. Anyway I do find it interesting to hear how members view things...and that is why we're here. Raia
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Welcome back again. I see by your comment you are not as O/C as I am about rounding my numbers off before signing off. Just one of my many quirks I guess. I find it interesting that you like to see the 11,111 or your next goal of 22,222...very ambitious alright. But I find too that when I find discussions that are of interest and valued contributors show up here and we chat for awhile the time goes fast and I often have no idea how many credits I've made until I am ready to sign off. Sometimes I am already rounded off...and if not I make sure I am...most of the time and the time has flown by because of the enjoyment factor here. So yes, the credits count but not so much in the grand scheme of things and why most of us are here. Good hearing more about your process and how you are up there in many of our estimation! Raia
@andyliuzn (991)
• China
6 Jan 08
Hi Raia, Glad to see your posting again. Well, I dont' care about the credits of the members that often since every people here have different way of doing things and I suppose there shouldn't still be a right way to judge people here in mylot. I am just happy to post for those discussions that I am interested in. Happy posting and have a wonderful day., Andy
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• Canada
22 Jan 08
Hi Andy...how nice to hear that you are happy to have me back posting. Good to be back and catching up and sharing ideas with good friends like you who are loyal and supportive of this site. Thank you so much. Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you...sometimes I miss things...but better late than never. Credits in terms of assessing people doesn't work for me either. I am often amazed at how high people's credits are...but with my lengthy discussions and responses it will take me forever to get waaaay up there. But that is not my goal...just have fun and enjoy the 'we are student and teachers' to each other flavor of this site. Cheers and well wishes to you too! Raia
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
6 Jan 08
I don't overly pay attention to it... Big numbers usually means one or two lines answers on each question. Some people get a kick out of having the largest number of posts. On private forums... it usually means that you are a valued member... but not here. However... if someone has over 500 posts on myLot... it means to me that they are actually trying to become part of the community. Star rating is actually more interesting... Anyone under 6 is highly controversial. Anyone with 10 don't rock the boat, never argues and is nice to everyone. With 8 for the past 10 months... I am sort in the middle. But I restrain myself a lot... otherwise I would be 5... lol
• Canada
6 Jan 08
You present some good points...of course I rely on you to do just that. But yes, there are some who create the big numbers through short snappy posts...but there are others like Mooch and Sssh..something or other who try and succeed and adding meaningful responses and interesting discussions. I find your assessment on star ratings of interest too. You seem to be able to hold your own and yet those of us who have come to know and love you for the times you do rock the boat value the fact that you do it! So keep on keeping on in your style and I will do the same in mine...and we'll see where the road takes us. Raia
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
6 Jan 08
I most times look to see how many posts each people posted or how may they have reached. The longest number of discussions I had seen is around 18,000. I think it is nice to see the number of posts people posts because most times this helps me to post more discussions per day. I think this also will encourage the new people to post more. I also tries to find how much money each have earned because I think this is also another motivation for people. I think it is nice to encourage the new guys and also to put congratulations for people who are posted more because this will encourage them.
• United States
6 Jan 08
It really depends on how fast I am reading through the posts, whether or not I notice someone's post count. If I am really taking my time and reading slowly than I do, if I am just scanning through to make sure that what I have in mind hasn't already been posted by someone else than I don't. I must say though those with post counts way up there in the fourteen thousand or twenty thousand range, leaves me a bit awe struck. I can only wish that I had that sort of time and knowledge to spend and spread about here on MyLot. But my business and work most come first. So I'm perfectly happy within the post range that I am in now. I'm surprised I have even gotten up that high. lol! I am hoping that soon I'll be able to find the time to spend here, like I did when I first found this site, but we shall see what happens.
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Hello again...thank you so much for your support of my topics and this site jeweledbluerose. I have been busy most of the day catching up on my responses here...but I will drop by to chat with you on your site in the next day or so. Your views and mine about awestruck by those really big numbers echoes mine as well. I think you are doing well to be pushing the 2,000 mark on yours with the commitments you have away from here. Like you I hope to organize my life so that I can have more time to share ideas on Mylot too. However, I am where you are...my career goals and quality time with David and loved ones still tops my absolute yes list. Anyway good to have you here whenever you are...and I appreciate your input on my various discussions. Raia
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I usually don't pay attention to other people's credits, I do pay attention to mine. In a wierd sort of way, they motivate me to do more and to write better. I can't figure out what else I get from it other than just a little motivation.
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Well there you go...a differing viewpoint about watching other members credits. I like to do it because it gives me a rough idea how long they've been here and for older members how their involvement is playing out. I also agree with you about personal credits being a motivator. I find that too...not in an compulsive way...but when I see that I am only two short from making another five or rounding out to a zero I will make up the difference. People and their quirky habits....we all have them. (smile.) Raia
@lecanis (16739)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Jan 08
I pay attention the post count only sometimes. If it's a friend, and I know they're getting close to a milestone, I'll probably pay attention to see when they hit it. Likewise, if someone makes a post that makes it sound like they're new to mylot, I'll check to see just how new they are. I do welcome people to mylot when I notice they have a small number of posts, but I don't always notice, because I don't always look. *shrugs* There are some members I pay close attention to, because I'm trying to catch up with them! So far I'm not having much luck. I might have hit 6000, but many of my friends who started after I did are way above that! :P
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Well I think it is impressive that you made your 6,000the mark...congratulations. That number seems far, far away to me...but numbers like most everything else in life are relative. Thanks for sharing your approach and observations it is something we do in different ways and for different reasons and that is what tickled my curiosity and prompted me to post the discussion. Your input is always appreciated...but you already know that! Raia
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I like to see individuals who have higher ratings, but it does not matter to me what their ratings and credits are when I post to a conversation. As long as they have a decent subject to talk on, that is what appeals to me most. I prefer quality to quantity.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Hi again... I checked out your site..and even when so far as to register but could not find the specific article you mentioned. Anyhow I like your closing comment about preferring quality to quality and I so aree with you. I have known that I could have way more credits if I didn't post the longer responses and discussions that I traditionally do. However that is who I am and what I do and how fast the numbers rise for me is not important either. As long as the integrity of my site and responses are maintained that is all I concern my self about. The numbers will look after themselves. Good observation...thanks! Raia
@subha12 (18463)
• India
7 Jan 08
I mostly pay attention to this number beside login name. i do it whenever i answer any discussion.I have also seen that few users who generally have a very high rating are so much active. There are also a lot where the people who are new also progress dramatically here.
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• Canada
22 Jan 08
You are right...they are a good gauge for progress and many people really do increase their numbers rapidly...while others like me just plod along. Interesting to observe though. Thanks for your observations. Raia
@shymurl (2769)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I just became a member like 3 or 4 days ago. I really like this site. Its a great way to see everyones outlook on certain subjects. and to get advice or what not. And for them to respond means they ARE interested. I have not yet set a goal just really enjoying and exploring the site.
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• Canada
22 Jan 08
Well and so you shall. Yes, it is a great site...and I notice you already reached your 100th post and beyond. Good for you. Yes, having fun, making some earnings for doing what we love and meeting great people...yes credits are only a small part of it all. Raia
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I only notice if it's part of the discussion usually. I did recently notice that one of my friends has over 12,000 posts.How ever, if they mention they have reached a goal, I take note. And then I congratulate them. Some of the numbers here are truly awesome.
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@peanutjar (5251)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Yes i look,but its just out of habit and dont pay attention really,oops! Peanutjar:)
@TazRes (827)
• United States
5 Jan 08
Hi there, In making responses - I always take a glance at the persons post number, I'll be real happy when I get to 100 :)
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• United States
5 Jan 08
I always look its kind of interesting i like to se goals with like today i am trying to get to 100 i can't wait to get to over 1000 like you
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
We are of the same mind then...because I do find it interesting too. I understand your push to reach your first hundred...that is usually really important to new members...it sure was for me too. Thanks for your kudos about my 1,000 mark...it was a good feeling to get there. I am still blown away by numbers in the fourteen thousands...I cannot imagine how long it would take me to get there. Anyway, welcome and you are not that far away for your reaching your first goal. Let me be the first to say pre-congratulatory pat on the back for when you do get there! Cheers, Raia
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
5 Jul 08
Hello dear perspective friend. I am sorry that I did not read this discussion seven months ago when posted, but till today, or to be exact, this morning, as it is morning here in China. Well, I agree with you that the post number shows how much time we have spent at mylot. I have to say that I pay attention to it because when it increases, I feel very happy for it. There are some days that I am inactive because of my busy work and also days when I am active on my days off. I love the time spent here for me to interact with my mylot friends as a way of keeping in touch with each other and I have to say that the friendship made here for me is more important than the post numbers. Good day, my dear perspective friend.
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Greetings my dear friend. I have been away for the past month...enjoying summer and outside activities and continuing to write articles and do photo shoots for some local papers. When I am more involved with my free lance writing work I am less inclined to sit down and write some in my spare time. Having said that I do miss chatting with the many good friends I have made here and you certainly are among them. I always appreciate hearing from you whether the discussion is old or new. Speaking of observing credits you sure keep moving along as you push towards your 9,000th post. Good for you...many of celebrate our Cyber friendship with you and I for one am glad you keep on keeping on. Even when there are sometimes lag times between my posts I am always glad when I do come back and good friends show up to share more ideas. Hope you, your wife and family are all doing well. David and I are in a happy, healthy place and feel grateful for the many blessings we enjoy. Take care Williamjisir...and I sincerely wish you and yours all good things. Blessings, Raia
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
I don't really care about the number beisde someone name because it,s just a number :P I will look more at it when it comes time to make some cleaning in my friend list. If a friend of mine have not been there for 1month and only have 100 post, I know they wont come back. If they have 2000, maybe they will come back and I will wait before deletinng them :)
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
6 Jan 08
No, I usually do not pay any attention to this. I figure that what matters is the discussion and not the level of discussion experience the person has who posted it. I just respond to discussions that appeal to me without regard to the credits.
@shinjiao (1465)
• China
6 Jan 08
Hi,Perspectives! I usually pay attention to the numbers besieds user names.I don't make any goal or schedule of my mylotting,I come here for fun and earning extra money,so that my daily goal,is just being active here.^_^ I admire users who have great numbers and for me,they are good models.Some day,I will reach my 2000,5000,even 10,000.Wow that's amazing!
• United States
6 Jan 08
I do not pay any attention to a persons credits for the following reason. The amount, large or small, does not impress me or influence my response to their discussions and most important is that many of my friends have new IDs which do not reflect the many thousands of points they forfeited by the changed ID.