What draws you to responding to a discussion?

@marina321 (4561)
July 19, 2008 9:11am CST
What draws you to responding to a discussion? Is it the title of the discussion or is it the content of the discussion? Is it how many people have responded to the discussions e.g top discussions or is it always those in your interests? Is it the quality of the content written or other? Do you just find any discussions to reply to or do you look for specific ones and pick and choose? I tend to look at the title and content of the discussion, title will play a big part in making me look at the content like I'm sure it does others but sometimes the content is a lot better than the title so I look at most of those in my interests despite the title.. What's your method in looking for discussions to respond to or do you have none and go through one by one?
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Hey marina-you have such a way with words my friend! I do pretty much the same as you. I look at the title, but that can be deceiving so of course I read on. I don't always look at the comments first which sometimes I feel may get me in trouble because people may think I'm copying what they said when I haven't even read anything yet. I'm still learning! I also am getting to know people just a litte tiny bit so I know when I get those emails from my friends (like you) about discussions that I check those out first and respond to them. By the way did you see my yellow star??? I'm so proud!
@marina321 (4561)
20 Jul 08
Yes, congs on the star! I believe had commented on your other discussion but no harm in saying Congs again
@srik11 (483)
• India
19 Jul 08
hi marina hope u are in good spirits and enjoying your lfe as you can see i am new to mylot coming straight to the question, i really dont know as i am new here but as your question drew me to respond i can say tht a simple and well directed question which relates me well will attract and make me read into the topic i personally prefer a general discission on day to day life. as for now that is what i look for but in future it may be different as i am a student and i need to be technically updated myself all the time. Good Luck and Happy Mylotting.
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@marina321 (4561)
16 Sep 08
a simple and well directed question which relates me well will attract and make me read into the topic I think many prefer those too
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
If I have knowledge about certain discussion, surely I will respond.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 08
Usually it's the title of the discussion. Even though it's something so simple like 'What is your favourite cheesecake?' - it'd still attract my attention. I'd usually look for friends' discussions, and then those topics that interest me, like food, books, music, people. I like politics and religion but I don't like to be involved in heated discussions which can turn into nastiness! I don't usually look for top discussions; can't very well contribute if I'm not interested or have no knowledge of the topic!
@marina321 (4561)
16 Sep 08
Yes, I find I avoid heated discussions too as I prefer to enjoy my experience here and avoid the drama...
@MissGia (955)
• United States
15 Sep 08
i like to respond a lot when they pose questions in their discussion. Content or what it's about. Like if a friend posts a discussion on classical music, odds are is i'm not going to reply..i may read..but not reply.
@marina321 (4561)
16 Sep 08
I guess classical music is not your speciality then...me neither!
14 Sep 08
The title plays a big part in it all doesnt it,if you are drawn to the first few words that you see well thats half the battle won.Then if you take a look down and find the discussion is all about something thsat you can realte to well then thats all well and good too,if the heading is deadpan and the first line or so matches the heading then the discussion has sunk before it has entered the race to my mind.There are sometimes sum pretty eye catching discussions on Mylot,its picking them out and taking time to answer them ,thats all thats needed.
@marina321 (4561)
16 Sep 08
I agree the title does play a big part in drawing one to respond to the discussion.. I then tend to read the rest of the content to decide whether I will reply. There's some people who tend to respond from just the title and skip the content of the discussion which can be quite funny to read
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
14 Sep 08
A catchy headline helps me to decide whether I will respond to the post or not. I only answer if the discussion interests me or not. If I am knowledgeable about the subject or if I have an opinion about the discussion being carried out. If not I skip to another post.
@marina321 (4561)
16 Sep 08
Yeah, a catchy title does intrigue one to find out more..
• Malaysia
16 Sep 08
hi marina, i normally will go for discussion that are good concerning life, people and love mostly, have seen a lot of fun discussion sometimes i just go in to see what they write over there ... i have seen some people who starts good discussions and the comments are rich with information. I have been climbing slowly on my response because i am very selective on my responses cheers
@blogs86 (370)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
well mine i respond to those interesting title and interesting content..i rarely responded through one by one..happy mylotting :)
@lily3753 (390)
• China
16 Sep 08
When I login mylot ,if I want to respond the discussion ,I usually choose today's top and try to find something interested ,if none ,I will turn to friends started . And then try to find some interested one .sometimes I also look out no responses . the first thing draw me to respond to a discussion is the title ,if I really interested in the title I will certainly respond to it . But sometimes if I find a discussion with good content , I will also answer it .
@carmela0210 (1591)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
first is it should catch my attention, second is if it has a very good topic, next is if my friends wrote it,lol, kidding side, im more commenting on my friends discussions more, cause ive known them and sometimes we agree on the discussions they made.
• United States
16 Sep 08
I start with the title and then read the content to see if it is something I am interested in responding to. I look for things that I have an interest in and have "something to say" not just any topic to respond to. That is the fun of mylot I think - finding topics of interest to you that you have experience in.
• United States
16 Sep 08
If I can tell by the title of the discussion if I have something of value to contribute I will often look at the discussion to determine further. Often times though the title doesn't help at all and some of the better discussions have a silly title. And some titles that seem very interesting, barely have anything to discuss about once you go into it. I also go through discussions my friends started and I try to respond to those first. Then I will go through the categories on top that scroll along and pick ones I feel like talking about at the time. Anything is game for me really if I feel I can contribute enough to the response instead of just one line or two. Happy my lotting!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Sep 08
Actually it is what the discussion is about and also if I can answer it in more than four sentences. I look at the title and then the post itself. I do prefer topics such as Christianity and writing and singing, but I will answer any that I can help with. I do not look at specific ones as to my interest until after I have answered as many of the today's top and the ones my friends started. I will also answer any that catches my interest, for instance if someone writes about adoption, Christianity, or babies left in vans unattended, if I knew if I did not answer it then and there, I would have to search through it long and hard. that is, it is on its way to becoming overwhelmed.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
15 Sep 08
Both. I get attracted to both a catchy title but even the content of the post has to be adequate. I only answer back if I am interested in the subject. Most times I choose discussions started by my friends. Sometimes I choose topics from top discussions at other times from no responses discussions.
@riyasam (16571)
• India
15 Sep 08
i usually respond to my friends discussions and if there is time i go to my interests section.happy posting.
@mikinikih (201)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I usually start in the "friends started" tab, and answer the ones where the content seems interesting and I feel I have something to offer (if I can't relate to a subject, I don't respond, even if it's interesting). Then I usually move on to "my interests". Occassionally I'll answer some of "today's top", but it seems like my response just gets lost in the midst of dozens of other responses, so it has to be truly intriguing.
@my2boys (821)
• United States
15 Sep 08
The title of the discussion first draws me to it. But if i read the context and it is somethings different than what i thought i dont respond. I do not respond to just any. I find ones that are of interest to me or ones that i think i may be able to help with.
@arnoldream (1332)
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
suit my interest,my little brain knows a little about it,and this last two reason maybe three is very important in responding to a discussion,if i am not busy,if i am not lazy, lastly if i'm not sleepy and the worst is if my wife is not yet calling me for bed..then i will leave you at once..ha ha ha
@ans_nagar (105)
• India
15 Sep 08
Mostly i look at the title, and if it seems interesting i read about it...then i see how many people have responded to the discussion, and the most important factor i look for before responding is whether the person who started the discussion comments back to everyone or not...but yeah sometimes the discussion so much interests me i don't care about the a few guidelines for me to respond....and mostly i look for discussions under the tab `friends started ` and respond to most