Do you respond to one line discussions?

@dragon54u (31636)
United States
July 3, 2008 9:12am CST
I get so many of those in my mailbox. Do you like to travel? What kind of dog do you like? Do you drive a car? I think those are a waste of time and show disrespect for myLotters. Someone is obviously here just to make money and won't take the time to begin an honest discussion. I realize that some people who don't speak English have a hard time expounding on their thoughts but one line shows a total lack of involvement. What do you think? Do you respond to these? I though one liners weren't allowed? Excuse me, I'm tired and crotchety today so maybe I'm complaining too much.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I'm not fond of one line discussion starts either. The starter should give his/her own view or reason for starting the discussion. Some make no sense at all so how is anyone to respond? Do you like to travel? not any more What kind of dog do you like? A yippy yappy kind. Do you drive a car? Yes Those are closed questions. They don't leave much to the imagination, that's for sure.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I'd say that's not a discussion, it's a poll and strictly to make money. I know people need money, especially these days--so do I!!--but give a little to the community and you'll get a lot back and not just money.
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• Indonesia
3 Jul 08
it depends on how interesting one line discussions are. some discussions maybe trashy, like what you just mentioned. but other ones are really interesting and worth responding. the starters made it one line naturally, cause one sentence was enough to express the topics.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Well, I'll respond to those. Sometimes they are very interesting. Same with tags--sometimes I can't think of five tags!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
3 Jul 08
Give the benefit of doubt to people to join here till they get the hang of things. Also people who join here and last here from what I have seen are the ones who enjoy posting. The ones who come here only to earn money will realise that by starting these one liners they are not getting anywhere and will drop out within a short time . Let's not target any particular category or race of people as we are all here to have a good time Right!. Happy mylotting
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Oh, I certainly did NOT mean to target any group of people! I have seen people that live in the U.S. start the one liners and people who don't speak the language do it. I'm disappointed that those overseas may drop out, discouraged, because no one makes it clear in their native language what the rules are. I love talking to people from different parts of the world.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I saw quite a few of those posts in a row by the same poster a few minutes ago. I will sometimes respond to a random on line discussion, but if I see a bunch of them in a row like that I pass them up. It is annoying when you see a whole page of one liners by the same person when you are trying to find discussions that you really want to respond to.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
That's what started me in on this subject! I probably got the same ones as you did. When I joined, I was told it was a community and I've treated it as such, not just a cash cow. Although I hardly think of a place that gets me a few bucks a month as a "cash cow"! I'm sympathetic to those who don't know a lot about the language but I've also seen those who struggle and do their best to get their thoughts across. Those are the ones that get my responses and I admire them.
@SangsTurks (1447)
• India
7 Jul 08
It is irriatating at times when in a row you see such one liners and silly questions comming up (sorry for calling it silly) because you dont exactly know what is it that they want to discuss. And i guess that is why when posting a discussion it is written " please be as descriptive as possible" which people posting oneliners fail to understand. Most of the times i ignore discussions like that and when i do feel like replying to them, i write an answer with open question which even makes them answer! So we can get them to work a bit if they are thinking of making the easiest money of all!!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I have tried asking them a question in return but most of them don't reply to anyone who responds to their discussions. Too bad, they're missing out on some great conversations!
• India
7 Jul 08
Very true, they sure miss out on such good conversation and friends. If they start responding they would surely make good friends, learn so much more that what they know now coz its not always the money that counts! They sure are missing out on a friend like you!!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
4 Jul 08
if only one line is a lot easier to reply than reading like a novena in holy week.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Yes, some few things don't need a lot of words.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
4 Jul 08
:) correct.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Jul 08
Generally I do not no. But I have on occasion. It all depends on the context. If it is in regards to something inane like - What is your favourite colour; or something like that then definitely not. But if it is like - Have you ever seen a ghost? Or something a little more specific then sometimes I may respond. On a second level it also comes down to how that person then goes on to acknowledge my response! If they just leave it at that and don't bother; then I won't bother with that particular user again either.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I've come across a few that are interesting, such as the subject you cited. Then I'll reply, because what more needs to be said to start the topic? Other than their own experiences, which I'd like to read but maybe they're saving that as a response to a reply.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Jul 08
Yes, maybe they ARE saving up for responses to responses! It still would be preferable though for more effort to be made from the start. It certainly has more chance of attracting me if this is the case.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
4 Jul 08
No I don't respond to those sorts of discussions...they are too shallow and a waste of time. Even people that have trouble with the english language can and do post discussions that have meaning. It may take a bit to understand what they are actually trying to say but at least there is some substance and we can usually work thru the language barrier. Those sorts of discussions just take up space on here and are a bit annoying trying to sift thru and find something worth posting to.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I actually enjoy the language barrier sometimes, because they put new meaning to our english words and they use them in what some people would think inappropriate but it's very charming. I can usually make out what they want to say and will even simplify my answers so that they can understand. I love to communicate with people from different places.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
4 Jul 08
me too.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
4 Jul 08
HI dragon, I am picky but I do drop my responses to some one liner which are interesting also, a question which allows me to elaborate my answer since I also don't like to drop a single word as a response!LOL! But, very few of those I will entertain!
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• United States
4 Jul 08
I am not sure also....LOL! Hope it will be saved but maybe it is really safe to just avoid those one liner topic!
@salonga (27954)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
I do answer one liner discussions if the thought would lead me to give meaningful thoughts in return. But I always avoid answering in one line also. I always believe that there could be instances that the one line will result in a much more meaningful and worthwhile discussion if given good and intelligent response. If the one liner makes you tired, you just ignore them and don't let them bother you so much! That is just one friendly advice! Keep smiling!!!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I'm smiling today, it's a wonderful rainy day and that makes me happy. I was really referring to the one liners that ask things that don't provoke good discussions, as in what car you drive. These answers, though, make me think maybe they want to know what kind you drive but they don't know how to ask that. I wish they would tell what they think in their questions like this, such as maybe cars are discouraged where they live or they're saving up for one and want to know which might be best for them. Things like that.
@salonga (27954)
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
Good! It's good to be smiling always! And yes I got your point!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
3 Jul 08
You will find many of those type of dicussions here on the lot. I always come across them each time I search and sometimes even my friends start them . I don't mind for the most part . Sometimes , I will see like 10 of those in a row from one person , and that is what bothers me , and the fast that they have many people responding .
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
You hit the nail on the head. People respond to the one liners about favorite colors or cars and they don't respond to questions like what are you doing to save gas or money or other discussions that most people really care about and could benefit from.
• United States
3 Jul 08
Well said, Dragon. :-)
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
3 Jul 08
I partially agree with you. Sometimes, one liner discussions could be very interesting and funny. If you wish to see 'meaningful one-liner discussions', please let me know, I will send you links. One of our dear friends here, with the log in name 'Balashri', he always start short discussions but quite an interesting one. I on my part, atleast start a discussion, which has atleast few lines/contents in it.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I agree that every so often one line discussions can be funny and interesting. But nothing but one liners isn't very good and I'd rather hear what the person thinks of the subject themselves before I reply.
@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
4 Jul 08
I agree with you, if the host of a discussion writes his/her own views also on the discussion, it makes the discussion evern more lively and interesting and meaningful, as well.
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
Recently, I really don't respond to one line discussion. I admit though that I had replied a couple of times. But then, I have learned to study patterns if a discussion is influenced just by making money. It's like, too many discussions and very little responses (more like 15 discussions open to 1 response). And I am not pointing at anyone, I just noticed someone or two who posts immediately after these one liners. I could just guess why. I give the benefit of the doubt most of the time especially to those who open discussions but responds to almost all, if not all, of the comments by other members. They may really be new members and are just starting to get the hang of it. Needless to say, there will almost always be someone out there just for the money. We can't blame them, just don't respond if we don't like the discussion. No one's forcing us thus[i][/i] far. Take care!
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Jul 08
The first couple of replies here have made me think that it's a language barrier. If the rules were sent in the welcoming email in the person's language, I'm sure we'd have much better quality discussions.
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
Yeah, that's a good point. But, we can't do away with that for now. (sigh) It does happen and we really can't blame them. Nice suggestion btw, on the welcome note. Anyone who has difficulties understanding english would benefit from it and so will the discussions be.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Jul 08
I've gradually weaned out the friends who send these sort of discussions, so I rarely see them these days. They're really boring!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Yes, they are. If they won't listen when you try to guide them about the rules, I really don't want to spend time on them. I had meant to weed out some friends but then got a temp job and it will have to wait a few days!
• United States
4 Jul 08
I try to pass on those types of discussions because if you want to get paid for a quality response, you can't just answer with only one line. It even mentions that in the guidelines. Now, if I can really give an long, detailed post about it, then I would. Like if they asked me if I liked to travel, I might mention all the places I've been or would like to go to.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
There was one yesterday that asked if people liked to travel but that was all. No mention of where they had been or where they'd like to go, no comment on someone they knew with good or bad experiences, just that one question. I think, from the words they used, that they don't know enough english to be able to understand the rules.
• India
4 Jul 08
You are saying is right, many people want to create some twist, but they also avoiding to write some actual things which is very important for posts, when I see the posts I read all the story or post and give the replyes in satisfactory level, so that they should get some information about the topic, It's not matter that you are writting in single line or long message, it should be effective way.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I like a person to offer their own opinion or say what they think in starting a discussion. That gives people who reply some direction in which to answer. A good spin on the favorite color question would be to ask what colors someone likes to combine and if they like strange combinations, what are peoples' reactions to their color mixing? I'd enjoy something like that, rather than just asking what your favorite color is.
@MichaelJay (1100)
4 Jul 08
I suppose it's partly a question of experience.People new to MyLot think they can scoe big by making lots of discussions and thse are inevitably one-liners. Hopefully they learn that these discussions don't make them any money and they will then try to make interesting discussions that people will feel they actually want to reply to. I try to get about six sentences hther I am starting or replying to the discussion, and this seems to work out fine.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Many people don't understand the language enough to read all the rules. They will get discouraged and go away, and that's not good. This global Lot has taught me a lot about how other people think, their customs and their attitudes towards others. I enjoy that a lot. Anyone who goes away because they don't understand the rules is a loss to us all.
@sunname (101)
• China
4 Jul 08
maybe you need to have a good rest,and when you get up in the morning ,you will eager to discuss somethin on your mind ,there are many interesting topics that we can talk about, so why complain/?
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Hey, welcome to myLot! I'm rested now. My main gripe with the one liners was that they didn't seem to want to really discuss anything, but just make money. Everyone wants to make money, but I like to see people present something interesting, something I can learn from by reading other people's responses. Besides, if you respond to a one line discussion, it usually is deleted because of the rules and then you lose out on your effort and the penny you would have earned. There are some one liners that are good but I've only seen a couple.
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
4 Jul 08
some times i do respond to them if its meaning ful.. but usually i dont start any discussion but only respond to them..
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4 Jul 08
Ha ha - you should have made this a ONE LINER - then you would have got your own answer! Averyone that repled does and the rest not.... Perhaps we should all take such discussions and flag them as disrespectful? There's a radical idea - then they would all be deleted maybe!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I think most of them are deleted but I'll bet half of them are only one line because the person is trying to learn english and they don't know many words.