What is a quality discussion?
July 22, 2008 1:11pm CST
I see this over and over about quality discussions.. and then I see disussions about what did you eat for breakfast, or whatever. The way I see it quality discussions could be about anything and everything, even what you had for breakfast. So who decides what is quality? I have read that people say the more you write the more you get paid.. but does that mean if you write more that it has more quality than if you write less? Maybe the term quality only means to explain what you are saying in more than one sentence? What must I do to write a quality discussion? I read the rules so I know what not to do and what to do... or at least I think I do. What would your advice to me be? I'm a little afraid to post a discussion for fear that it might not seem like it is quality if I make a mistake. To the oldies here... when you were new were you a bit reluctant to post?
22 Jul 08
I think a quality discussion is one that gets quality responses. If a discussion asks what you had for breakfast and gets a few responses simply saying "cornflakes" or "I had an egg". Then it's not a good discussion and will not earn much money. If a discussion starts by asking how important do you think it is for good health to start the day with breakfast, and five people respond giving reasons why it's important and saying what sort of food should be eaten, and the person who started the discussion comments on each of the responses, and some of the people who responded come back and add an answer to the comment in reply, that is a good quality discussion which will earn more than one with many short replies and no comments. Also, if a discussion gets a lot of responses and each one is rated and many people rate the discussion, and some people also rate the other responses, that becomes a highly rated discussion. I think it would have more value than one which is not getting rated. I don't think you should worry about starting discussions if you start one based on a real idea and not just a lazy question or a brief statement that won't get many responses. I am an 'oldie' here and I am a bit reluctant to start discussions, but only because I don't have time to think of topics because I'm too busy responding.
• United States
22 Jul 08
I also think that if the responders get into discussions, responding to responses, even though you don't get paid for those, because they are interested, it makes for a quality discussion. If the people participating actually get involved, and have a real discussion going on, it could last quite awhile. Who knows what ideas could be sparked in these types of discussions?
24 Jul 08
Thank you so much for answering this!! :) I was wondering about these things too.. (& was almost afraid to start a discussion, cause I didn't know what to post, lol!! :) Good to know some 'oldies' here don't start many discussions either... I mean, I only want to post a question I'm really interested in, & well, some of my interests may be a bit too specific to garner a lot of interest.. :) lol
• United States
22 Jul 08
Cinnamoncandy, I am not an oldie here but, to me, a quality discussion is one that can peak the interest of many. It really should be placed in the proper interest section, otherwise, the people you would really like to respond, may not even see it. And, you are right, a quality discussion can be about anything. My suggestion is figure out what you want to start a discussion about, make it something you are passionate about and write it that way so that people get the feelings from you. Just jump in and see what happens. Also, something that might help, look for discussions that you are interested in, in the groups you would like to participate in, send friends' requests to the people you find posting interesting responses or discussions. This way, when you post a discussion, they will see it when they log on. I hope this helps. Sometimes, it just takes hitting on the right subject....which, I don't think I have found yet, but, that is fine. I enjoy responding to other people's posts, too.