what turns you off?
June 1, 2008 9:22am CST
In reading discussions, what turns you off and decide to move on to the next? Of course, short non-sense and once word discussions are a given, we don't want to waste time on one that will be deleted anyway. But other than that, what else stops you from responding? A discussion that already has a best response chosen within one hour of starting it? One that already has several pages of responses? Spelling mistakes? What else?
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
1 Jun 08
As a matter of fact, I read one just before reading this one. Something about the "Presidential Prayer Team" wanting people to pray for the 40 days preceding the election, or something silly like that. Presidential Prayer Team????? Give me a break!!! First of all, I doubt such a group exists. Secondly, if it does, it shouldn't because that would be in direct violation of no establishment of religion. Thirdly, anything whatsoever initiated by or affiliated with the current sitting President holds NO value for me. He was a lame duck long before he became one politically! The sooner he marches off into the annals of history, the better off this country will be. So, yeah - I have read things that turned me off completely! Spelling doesn't bother me so much (it is a pet peeve, but mainly when businesses misspell signs and newspapers can't proofread properly) because we have so many people from all over the world and English isn't that easy to learn. The short term best response is a nuisance, but if the topic touches me in some way, I'll still answer. There is one relatively new MyLotter I've been seeing a lot of new discussions from - I mean, the man is working overtime - and every single one of them talks about becoming a millionnaire or millionnaires in general, regardless of topic. It seems to be his main focus and he manages to swing whatever topic into talking about the wealthy or being wealthy. THAT'S a turnoff. I won't respond to his stuff. Another guy seems fixated on grooming and his own looks. I won't respond to his either. But, occasionally, there will be one that almost seems like nonsense, but for some reason, I'll know what they're asking and it's mainly the language barrier that caused the problem, so I'll answer them. They can't learn if they don't try, right?
• United States
5 Jun 08
Thanks for responding. I know, discussions that don't really evoke a "discussion" is supposed to be not allowed. But I do see a lot of those, and a lot of people reply too. It only takes one person to mark it and our effort in replying is wasted. Spelling doesn't turn me off too, but sometimes the sentence construction gets so unbearable, I cannot make sense of it. I just move on to the next
• United States
23 Jun 08
Affiliate links, when noone was asking for them. That bothers me. If I'm posting a generic question about marketing techniques and then some joker offers up an affiliate link. But you can't really point it out or the entire discussion will get deleted. If I have something important to say about my child or family and then someone comes by and starts asking weird questions or passes judgement on me for my parenting style. That bothers me. If a discussion already has ninety pages, then I don't feel like I can add more to the discussion. There are others, of course.
1 Jun 08
There are many discussions which do not relate to my life or to my interests and therefore I am not able to join in, like "Does your Mom...", "Do your kids...", "What would you do if your girlfriend.... " (I don't have a mother or child and I am a straight female). I don't answer very simple ones like "Do you like..." "What is your favorite ... " I won't respond to any discussion which breaks the myLot guidelines, like "Hooray it's my 500th post" or "How does myLot work out earnings" I ignore discussions to which there is no answer, like "I found this great site which pays!" or "Here is a funny story". Generally I will respond to new user questions, discussions about news items, interesting moral debates and discussions about life experiences.
• United States
1 Jun 08
What probably turns me off the most is when people put their affiliate links into a discussion. I am so sick of hearing how some people make money from whatever sites. If it was that easy to make money, everyone would be doing it. And, if everyone is doing it, there won't be enough money left to go around to everyone. Other than that, if the discussion just has a ton of answers, I will usually move on. I also don't like it when the best response is chosen within 5 minutes of posting the discussion. Some people just give it to the first person who responds.