What's up on The Lot?

United States
May 15, 2008 10:05am CST
I know there have been many troll issues here on the lot lately. Stars going up and down, nastiness, all a part of the Mylot territory I guess. Thankfully I have avoided that. The thing is, I have run across a few discussions- (5 in the past day) that my friends want to "join the trolls" and want to be negged. I just can't bring myself to rate them negatively for that purpose. The only time I ever rate negatively is for extreme nastiness and even that takes a whole lot. So how about you? Do you rate your friends negatively if you see they want you to? Do you not do it because they are your friend? How do you all feel about it? Thanks for reading.
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16 responses
• United States
16 May 08
Howdy SkinnyC, i have a real hard time doing that myself. I will if I know they are serious, but only once or twice. If I remember what I read in Crashes discussion with us, is that the software is able to pick up people that are on a rating campaign and there fore render that persons rating inconsequential. I would not want that to happen especially for rating positively.
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• United States
17 May 08
That's a great point my angel. Surely if it can go one way, it can go the other way as well. Great response. :)
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• United States
17 May 08
rotflmao you know me always happy to obliges:))
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
16 May 08
Some people are crying wolf...er...troll, when the real issue is plagiarism on mylot and people that are reporting plagiarists are in return being called trolls by those who like to misappropriate the work of other authors.
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• United States
17 May 08
There is a fine plagarism line here. I have seen discussions that have been deemed as plagarism and they are anything but that. There is a link given which is right there giving credit to the original author. I myself have used quotes from books and news stories with links. Plagarism is copying an authors work verbatim and claiming it as your own. I have not come across that on here. Honestly I think some people on mylot need to learn the definition of plagarism because posting a news story for the opinion of others isn't it. Thanks for stopping by.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
16 May 08
I have never rated a friend negative... or even those who post oneliners or nasty responses to my discussions... that is my way of helping out increase the ratings of others... and i also try not to be affected by what the trolls are doing... just ignore them... and they will eventually leave... or stop doing the rating bashing thing that they do...
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• United States
17 May 08
You have a great point there. Eventually they do just give up. Thanks for the response.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
16 May 08
I am not sure what all of this business is about and what trolls are.. I have responded to a few discussions where there was talk of the trolls, but am not completely sure if I understand it.. I do rate everyone with a (+) on any of my discussions.. Have a great day..
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• United States
17 May 08
Ok here is a troll- the Mylot definition. Keep in mind it could be a number of individuals. Those who are rude, crude, accusatory in nature. Those who cannot come up with an intelligent argument and then start throwing bad insults around. That is them in a nutshell. Hope that helped. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.
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• United States
15 May 08
I too have seen discussions where users are asking to be -ed. I can't bring myself to do it. I figure there are enough people on that wagon already that their star is going to go down and down and down without any help from me. Might take a little bit longer but it will still happen. I only - someone when they really get under my skin or out right attack someone I am close to on here. They are few and far between but they do happen.
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• United States
17 May 08
I'm with you girlfriend!I hope all is well.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 May 08
It's a weird, weird feeling negging a friend skinny. But I look at it this way; they want the trolls to know that they are not being bothered by them, so neg their stars and take a target away from the trolls. I have to respect that. Poor zukepr - I try so hard to always hit the - for her, but my little finger goes automatically to the +, so I don't know if I'm really helping her achieve her goal or not! LOL The point is - if a friend asks for help, even if I don't agree with the reasoning, but it isn't going to cause any harm to help, then I will help. If there was going to be harm caused, I would back away and try to support my friend in a more positive way. Hitting the neg for zukepr and Mooch is doing no harm, so I'm trying my best to support them both.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 May 08
He knows whom I was referring to Mooch. And Zukepr posted under me and verified what I said, so sometimes it is better to just let your friends do the talking while you do the walking - tall and proud! Hugs.
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• United States
17 May 08
Mylot won't kick off anyone for it right? spark. i can see the point but my finger also gravitates to the plus side.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 May 08
Hey skinny - I don't see why they would. It's not like you're going on a spree and negging everyone. Just certain people who have asked for it, when you come across them. Heck the trolls are doing it in sprees and they're still here!
@p1kef1sh (45645)
15 May 08
Skinny, I have studiously avoided any discussion that requests or requires that I rate anybody negatively, or positively for that matter. I think that the whole thing is daft. I have never rated anybody ever and have no intention of starting now. I like to chat with folk whatever there rating. I don't like the trolls anymore than the next person, but rating my discussion up or down will make no difference to me at all. Actually, if people don't like what I have written, there is no need to respond. If they do and request that they rate me, they're out of luck.
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@p1kef1sh (45645)
15 May 08
Aaaaagh - in that final sentence I mean 'rate them.." of course.
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• United States
16 May 08
That's a good theory to have p1ke. But what if they come into your discussion and cause trouble of the troll kind. I rate them then. I try to rate some people on here when they have something good to say and of course my friends get one too. But I can't possibly keep up with all that, I just try to keep up with the discussions. Work is really putting a damper on my mylot style.
@Hatley (143352)
• Garden Grove, California
16 May 08
I always rate people with a positve and hope they will do the same for me. I have only given two negaties and they were really nasty very nasty. I just cannot rate my friends with a negative rating as they did nothing to deserve that.I rate them positive because 'they are my friends.
• United States
17 May 08
Thanks for the response Hatley. I almost always rate my friends positively. There are times when I don't remember but usually I do. If they want to be negged I usually just don't rate. Thanks for the response.
@MGjhaud (20051)
• Philippines
16 May 08
This kind of mylot issue never triggered me for my star or my standing here in mylot. If it goes down then I deserved it. That simple. I'm here because I wanted to be here and that just that. Anyway, I really don't wanna join the circle of troll issues here. And I guess I never rated someone negatively even if their answer is obvious that they don't read the body. I do reply and use to ask some follow-up question though. I guess, instead of whining about their rating and all that here why not check out your discussions i've responded to section and start rereading your answers and there might be a reply. It's more productive than questioning your standing here. You're wasting your time.
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• United States
17 May 08
That's a good point. I don't mind my standing here myself. I have been higher and lower and I wasn't affected either way. Thanks for the response.
@anniepa (25834)
• United States
16 May 08
You know what, I'm trying to get used to doing it because they've requested it but it sure isn't easy. I often give them positives automatically, I'm afraid. There sure have been a lot of these discussions lately, and it seems a whole new batch of trolls here these days. Where did they come from and what can we do about them? Annie
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• United States
17 May 08
Psychologically speaking, ignoring them is the best thing that anyone can do. The more you respond, the more they know they can get under your skin. I guess it's human nature.
@mtdewgurl74 (18124)
• United States
15 May 08
Like you it would take alot for me to rate negatively I think I have only rated negatively once or twice since I have joined mylot and that been along time. I don't rate bad just because a friend wants me to. It is our choice to rate how we want it is not a follow the leader game when it comes to ratings. If a discussions is good I will almost always rate it positively(If I remember to at the time.) If it is not worth a positive rating I usually just leave it unrated.
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• United States
17 May 08
My thoughts exactly mt. Nice to see you back. Thanks for stopping by.
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@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
15 May 08
yeah, i have seen that one, too, that one asked to be rated negative. but since, i didn't find anything offensive, i didn't rate it. but why would want to do that? i mean, why would want to get down the rank, although i am not really sure how it works or affects us or our earnings. i don't really care, i just post. but why do people want to do that?
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• United States
16 May 08
I can't figure it out. They want to beat the meanies at their own game I guess. But it doesn't make much sense especially since these people are great people and don't have this kind of streak. Thanks for the post.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
16 May 08
I'll say i hate rating anyone negatively even if they've requested it. So i just dont rate those that ask for negatives at all. I'm worried that in a week or so they're going to change their minds and NOT want negative ratings.
• United States
17 May 08
That's a great point. I have thought of that as well. Thanks for the response.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
16 May 08
If a friend WANTS to be rated negatively for a specific purpose (which is whats goin on here) then when I remember ya I will do it for them. Problem is I dont alwasy remember to rate at all let alone a negative LOL
• United States
17 May 08
I'm with you!! LOL Thanks for the response.
• Lubbock, Texas
16 May 08
When I read the start of a discussion, even if it is a friend and they ask to be negged, I avoid the discussion. Sorry, I just can't see playing that game. If the discussion rates a + it's either going to get a + or get avoided. I'm here to engage in lively, informative discussions, and I don't find this stuff about the trolls interesting. Of course I might change my mind if I become a target.
• United States
17 May 08
I would venture to say that becoming a target for the long term would change anyone's mind. But you have a great attitude about it and I would have to agree with you. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
I haven't seen any discussions about that, but I have seen a couple of responses where a person will ask to be rated negative at the end. I haven't been following this though. I really don't see the point in doing it, besides the fact that I only rate people negative if I feel they deserve it for being mean or blatantly off topic.