Dealing with one liners on MyLot.

United States
May 29, 2008 12:53pm CST
Does it bother you when people post one liner responses or unrelated responses on your discussions? As if they didn't even really read your discussion and they're just making up something off the top of their head just to make a few pennies? I've seen the infamous one liner and off-topic response all over MyLot lately. And, I guess it's the latest buzz. I don't really mind the one liner response. I know why some people do that. They're just trying to get to 500, so they can copy/paste. Other times, people get tired and want to post something, but they can't think of anything. And, I'm not just talking about the one line responses, I mean the one line discussions, as well. Have you seen this? But, sometimes it does bug me just a little bit. Especially, if it's a really good discussion that I've started and the person hasn't bothered writing more than a few words. They probably don't know that you don't really get anything for such a short response. Quality and length of response count on MyLot. Well, length counts. That's what I've found anyway. Writing a discussion or response that is at least two to three paragraphs is more rewarded than the two or three word discussions and responses that seem to populate MyLot lately. Have you seen this phenomenon?
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
29 May 08
I have seen a lot of discussions started with just simply a question. I often wondered how that worked out for them. I know I remember when I first started and I still read it, people state to make your responses at least 3 or 4 lines long. But I was never sure about the one liner questions. Does it work the same?
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• India
29 May 08
well on one way you may be right that they are just trying to reaching to complete their 500 mile stone but if that is realty i have seen many discussion with one line and one line responses by those whose ranking is more than 500. second you had said they must be tired to write more ... i do not agree with this .. if some body is tire he or she cannot afford to sit in front of computer. i think this just due to lack of expression and word or they dont have much thoughts ... but they just want to earn so they were responding to discussion what you say about this thought of line ... second it may their habbit to write just one line as response ...
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• United States
29 May 08
Did I say that? That would be an awefully funny thing if I said it. Perhaps my words betray me. As I agree with you! I think that the one line posters are tired and THAT is why they don't post more than a line or sentence. However, it could be the other point you made, about how these people who post one liners simply lack imagination or creativity! After all how much work or effort does it take to add another couple lines?
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
29 May 08
Your right that more you put in a response is better and the same for a discussion. It does seem to be going on alot lately and those people will learn soon enough that they are doing things wrong. Personally I admit when I first started I did start one line discussions but then I learned the right way to do things on here and have been making shure I think my discussions through before posting them. As far as my responses I only respond to discussions that require me to leave a very detailed response that way Iam NOT in violation of any of mylot rules or guidelines.
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• United States
29 May 08
It's so wonderful to find another person that is as detailed about MyLot as I am! And, you're right. We should just chalk up the one liners to the newbies. Thanks.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
29 May 08
Being new still, but posting questions I've recieved some good responses, and some one liners. But never got upset about it,mabe after I get more experience this might affect the way I think about it. I guess it boils down to, some people are only here for the $$$$ and others are here for other reasons, bottom line. We just all have to get along! tdemex
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• United States
29 May 08
Good point~
@Insung001 (740)
• Philippines
29 May 08
Yep, I've noticed it too. And sometimes I'm guilty of doing the same. But with all honesty, If I respond to any post, I make sure I've read it. At least the start of the discussion. Sometimes, I wouldn't bother to look at other's responses, especially if the said discussion already have around 10, 20 responses. I would just go ahead and respond not thinking whether the things I'm about to say is already said by one of the responses. But like what I said, there are times though, especially when I'm just acknowledging a response for my discussion, that I'm writing a one or two liner. But that usually happened when I really have nothing more to say but would like to let that person know that I read his/her response and I agree with it completely.
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• United States
29 May 08
I have those times too! Usually when I get tired. Or, I'm cramped for time. I try to remember that others have those times too. Just like you said. And, you're so right. It doesn't bother me that much, though. You always give great responses anyway. Really well thought out. That's what I always think when I see one of your responses or discussions. Thanks for dropping by!
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
29 May 08
I do agree that length counts but only if it's meaningful. There's just a very few though (can be counted by fingers) who has long posts but isn't making any sense. There are some who can say what they really mean and needs only 2-3 sentences and everybody gets the whole idea. Nevertheless, it's much harder to understand people with short responses that doesn't really complete the idea. However sometimes, we've got to admit we do post short messages sometimes as well. Only if applicable though.
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• United States
29 May 08
Quality is certainly important, as you mentioned.
• Philippines
30 May 08
I have seen a lot of these for the past few weeks. I mean, I have seen lots of them before but it seems that more and more members especially from the new members recently. I am not too bothered with one line discussions. I do respond to these discussions from time to time. But I would find longer discussions more interesting to respond to. I also have seen some one-line responses to discussions. Some of them make sense, others don't. Perhaps they are just trying to increase their points to be able to reach their goals. Like you said, maybe they are just trying to get to 500 to be able to enjoy the benefits of being able to copy and paste. Whatever their reasons are, I hope that they will consider posting longer discussions for us to appreciate.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
30 May 08
Yes I have seen this before and with the added lack of discussions here on mylot anyway, it's starting to get bothersome. I too have found that on some occasions it would bother me and on some occasions it would not. I don't like when i've started a discussion and someone just writes three words or nothing related to it at all. I give credit to those whose native tongue is not english. I understand that they are trying to respond, but they may not understand fully what is being asked. With so many different dialects and slangs of the english language, who wouldn't get confused? I will admit that on some occasions my discussions and responses are left to be desired...
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• United States
30 May 08
This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine. People that post a sentence and then are finished with their discussion or reply and then later complain they never make anything here and they can't understand how anyone ever makes any money from here. I've noticed that the better replies that I post, and the better discussions that I post, and that meanst he longer they are, the more money I make. I'm really tired of one line discussions because I feel like they're spam, especially when someone attacks a certain category here with post after post of one lined discussions and they usually start with, "What do you think about _____. Ok go." and that's it. I consider it spam. They just want to make money but they're going about it all wrong. I try not to respond to their discussions because I kind of see it as encouraging them to spam more. I really wish there was a spam button so we could report that kind of thing instead of just reporting a discussion and then having to explain what they've done wrong.
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• United States
30 May 08
you know in the two weeks ive been on myLot i have seen this going on. as a matter of fact ive seen it happen on my own discussions. and as if thats not bad enough, i have seen responses that were not only one line but also how about the one or two word responses. ive seen a couple of those hanging around. my question is why are they in such an awful hurry to get to 500 posts? is it so important to have the ability to copy and paste that they have to cheat the system? personally i think they are trying to get to it so they can spam as much as possible to promote anything that they are doing. i think that its so obvious what they are doing why not report them to mylot so that they get caught and warned, or perhaps even kicked so that they cant do that anymore? i think it would definitely increase the quality of posts here
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@leateagee (3667)
• China
29 May 08
It does bother me because most of my discuss need a quiet long personal exlanations. Three to five sentences will do. But if that soothes him because he/she is juts after the points noyt the opinion, I respect it. Take care =)
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
29 May 08
I have seen them and also been a one line comment. sometimes there are a few words that you might have to add to a comment. I have written whole paragraphs sometimes. so now i have to pay attention to what i write. Making sure that if it is one line that it will say alot.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
29 May 08
The one liners both me some,but I believe that the answers to discussions that have nothing to do with the discussion is worse. I think that you should not have to read all of the responses to a discussion,but you should have to read at least the first page of them to see what others have said. Ifeel that you get more of a sense of the discussion some time if you read the responses. I wonder why people would want to write something that has nothing to do with the topic.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
29 May 08
Yes! I have seen this and it bugs the fedge out of me! I might not even bother responding to a discussion started that way and, if I get a response back like that, I give as good as I was given and give them a one sentence response back. Now, sometimes the discussion only calls for a one sentence response and I am cool with that. But, if I took my time to start a lengthy discussion and you barely took the time to acknowledge it simply because you are trying to boost your earnings, than I will give you only as much time of day as you gave me. And, I have only had one person actually respond to me based on the title of my discussion. It was about Geese and how they talk a lot in flight. The title was something like "what do they talk about" and someone responded without reading my discussion even for one sentence. I know because they actually told me that "we" here on myLot talk about anything and everything that comes to mind. Nice! The discussion I started was more than one paragraph long. Likely somewhere around 3 or more and there were even some goofy jokes I threw in there about what I thought geese talk about but, not a mention of that. Simply a one or two sentence response telling me what we talk about here. And, I can't remember for sure but, this person hadn't been here for as long as me...or, if they were here longer than me, they didn't have as much activity as me. So, to tell me what we talk about here was really laughable in my opinion. But the laughter stopped as I realized that sting I felt on my face from that slap they administered by simply responding to my discussion title without having read my insightful and funny discussion. It really ticked me of but, I was nice and thanked them for their reply. Although, I can't remember for sure if I called them out on their behavior. I should try to find that discussion again and see what I said to them! LOL!
• United States
29 May 08
Oh, I feel for you. Honestly, I do. Over the weekend another member went after me, accusing me of never responding to my own discussions. It was a ludicrous and stupid statement on their part. Considering that I have been gone from MyLot for over six months, since before Christmas time. So, how could I respond to any discussions while I was away? But, of course, the person did not take time to ask about my health or the cause of my absense. I'd only recently returned to MyLot withing the past two or three weeks. And, then only part time. They simply looked at my volumes of posts and assumed that I did not respond. I guess they don't know that I try to update ALL my discussions during the night time while my daughter is asleep and on weekends when my spouse is available to watch my daughter. I do my best, but there are always going to be one or two people that refuse to accept my best. It hurt my feelings really bad. And, it made me mad. And, it started a big old mess that snow-balled on me. But, in the end, the person got my message that I didn't appreciate their comments. So, I know what it's like dealing with people here that don't take the time to be sensitive to your creativity and expression. I am going to track down your geese discussions and read it. It sounds very interesting. I always love reading a good discussion. Best of luck on future mylot posts. Be well. Thanks for sharing!
@k8cath (341)
• Philippines
30 May 08
Hi there, beautyqueen! :) I have experienced this type of discussion and was actually one of those who posted a discussion with roughly two lines, and I feel bad. Good thing myLot had it deleted or else I will be having the shame of posting only a 1-2-liner discussion.. By the way, I do agree that having a lengthy, sensible enough response really adds up to the earnings that one can earn, so the people here in myLot should observe proper etiquettes (if I must say so) so that they could get the most of their time and effort in their earnings.. Sometimes, there are discussions that you could not respond with more and more words, better leave it to be responded by the others so that you don't have to have a - feedback..or other disapproval..right?
@lorelai (1558)
• Italy
30 May 08
I know that different people have different ways of writing and that copy/paste can really be useful so, as you said, I don't mind that much when I get one line response. What i don't like is when they responde with yes or now or something like that and then they say that they wrote 100 posts and made just a few cents. Lenght counts here. Sometimes, people just don't know what to say so they just write few words to say that they agree or disagree with what the creater of the discussion said. Sometimes, I see interesting discussions and I really like them but I don't have anything to say about the topic, but then I prefer not writing anything than writing just Yes or I agree. I saw that many people do that but mostly new ones who didn't understand how myLot functions or because the one who referred them didnt explained it. I prefer long responses to my discussions because then I can reply to those who were so nice to comment on my discussion and I think that MyLot is about that, people who comunicate.
30 May 08
To be honest I find the one liner (and sometimes only one or two word) discussions are a nuisance on occasions. I have seen whole pages of one liners, often by the same person, and I have always thought that it was quality rather than quantity that counted. I don't mind one or two line responses to my discussions as long as they are relevant but, again, quality should count.
@isegor (118)
• Portugal
30 May 08
I have been using myLot for a very short time and I have seen very few short answers. not all the time people have the ability to write a lot as their opinion is also very short :p I have seen a post today where someone even asked "do you read the long post (2 or 3 paragraphs long) till the end or do you skip sentences?" Apparently some people prefer to add a reply than add to a discussion and from what I understand the point of myLot is debate/discussion :) there's also an aspect, what you might be doing at the same time while typing and you get lost. when i'm listening to music I enjoy my posting a lot more and make them a lot longer than if i'm not. the best way to deal with one liners is let them be different. don't bother with it. enjoy the way you like to post and enjoy posting. we all post 1 line eventually ;)
• Australia
30 May 08
I completely disagree. There is nothing wrong with one liners. It actually suggests to me that they are not here just to make money, because short posts don't make much earnings at all. Additionally, a genuine community doesn't have really strict rules on posting. For example, yahoo answers, which is a blooming community with heaps of members, is full of one liners. However, the better answers there get better points. Not much different to mylot, the longer, better responses earn more money, instead of yahoo points. I sometimes do a one liner when I feel lazy or if I'm not that keen on responding. Also, I doubt they do it for the 500 mark since it would probably seem like an impossible goal.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
30 May 08
I have seen this and am probably quite guilty of this. Sometimes I just write what I have to say and thats it. I am not as big on writing lengthy things, I would rather say what i am saying and be done.