Do you judge a book by it's cover?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
July 22, 2008 1:13pm CST
Or in this case "Do you judge a discussion by it's Title?" I'm guilty of this sometimes. I'll read the title and if it doesn't catch my eye I wont always read the discussion. And sometimes I'll only read the first few lines that show up and make a decision to read the rest or not. I try to make my topic and first couple lines interesting so that it will catch people's attention and they're read/respond to what I have to say. How do you decide if you are going to read/respond to a discussion?
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
22 Jul 08
No I don't judge a discussion by it's title even if it don't seem to be one that catch's my eye or if it sounds boring or something that I would not be interested in. I will read some, most or all of it. If after I start reading it and it don't catch my interest I will read a little more and even sometimes after I read it all I do find it very interesting after all. Then there are those that just turn me off in the first few sentences.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I wonder if I miss some good discussion because I don't delve too deeply into them? I always try to make the beginning interesting so people don't lose interest. I feel like I'm wasting my time to read something that I have nothing to respond to.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Reiny you may be missing a lot actually. As my response states here I use titles to draw attention to my discussions that are vaguely fitted to the theme of the discussion. So read each discussion all the way. I do. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Grandpa Bob, I am going to try to read more of the discussion and not dismiss it. But I always feel like I'm missing a good one by trying to figure out if I like a bad one...
@madekun (70)
• Indonesia
23 Jul 08
no at all. if i want to buy a book i must read its big picture first. so when i read discussions in myLot. I read it all before i response. so i can give more positive and useful response, i hope :)
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I'm glad you do beacuse quite a few people have not read this discussion and only replied to the topic. Thanks!
• India
23 Jul 08
I judge a book by its cover. It is how i buy some of the novels i haven't heard of. first of all the title should be appealing. then only the buyer will be attracted towards the book. Next is the book cover. It should be very nice. It is the second deciding factor after the book title.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
And how does that relate to the way you treat discussions here at myLot? Do you do the same thing?
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
23 Jul 08
Yes, I think it's very important to choose a good title for discussions, because I definitely go to the ones which catch my eye! The minute they mention 'money', 'making money on myLot' or anything like that, I bypass them, as I don't have any interest in making money here. I enjoy the quirky ones where someone has put a bit of thought into making something interesting - but now and then I'll answer one where someone wants advice on a dilemma they are having. The title is definitely important!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Yup, having a good topic helps us sort through the myraid of discussions to get to the ones that we can actually contribute to.
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• Canada
23 Jul 08
lol guikty as chagered i do it all the time
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Don't worry, I think you're among the majority with this one!
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• Philippines
23 Jul 08
good day... I always read the discussion from start to end and if the topic is interesting I would read each responses before making mine. That just the way do it.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Depending on the discussion I will read all or most of the responses. Sometimes I just have a little something to say and will only read the discussion. But if the topic doesn't suit me I will generally pass it by.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
I admit I do that as well. If something doesn't catch my attention, I don't respond.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I'm glad this one caught your attention :)
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• Italy
22 Jul 08
ever! The title and the cover are many important! :D
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I think that's true also. It kinda lays the foundation for the discussion.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
I admit that I do that. I just don't want to respond to a discussion that I'm not interested in. I want to respond to discussions that will make me type a lot and that I am able to contribute something too. If I see a topic that I know nothing about then I won't answer.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I think we feel the same, it's a waste of time to read through the whole discussion just to find out that you have nothing to contribute. Sometimes - depending on the subject matter - I will respond to something I am clueless about, it helps me understand the matter sometimes.
@niranjans87 (1079)
• India
23 Jul 08
Well no not usually i dont go buying books about which i have no idea.I usually read the reviews and only then go to buy them.Of course its a completely different thing if i am just borrowing then i simply pick out any book in random and start reading it.But if there are several books grouped together most of them being good then i guess i tend to go for the cover for my immediate choice.An attractive cover or something on the book that catches the eye does help I guess.But with me that only happens if I have to choose between books as to which would be the first one I would read otherwise to generally judge a book itself for the first time without knowing anything about it i definitely dont go for the cover.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
OK, but what about discussions here at myLot? Did you read anything other than the title?
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• India
26 Jul 08
Well the title is definitely what catches the eye...unlike books there are so many discussions to choose from here and there are discussions which you cant even relate to.So I dont bother about such discussions.But others i read the title and then read the text as well.I have never responded without reading the text.There have been times where i like the topic but the text seems vague and i havnt responded.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
26 Jul 08
hmmm... very interesting.... Since you say you've never responded to a discussion here without reading the text, then why did you not respond to the discussion matter? A lot of people did that here, just read the topic and thought they knew what the discussion was, not bothering to read my actual discussion to see what it was really about.
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@MizukiZHR (611)
• China
22 Jul 08
Not really.I will read the book before I buy it.Covers are always very splendid but we don't read covers.The words inside are more important.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
22 Jul 08
So you'll read a disucssion here even if the topic of it doesn't interest you?
• China
23 Jul 08
Hey,I think you must have misunderstood me.Of course covers should be attractive,it's a common sense,right?Otherwise how can he/she let others read his/her books,but you say "buy",do you only buy a book only have a splendid cover?I think you won't.So I think you will agree with me the words inside are more important.I agree with you covers are important,OK?Thanks for your comment.Have a nice day.
• China
23 Jul 08
Sorry,you say "judge",but I also think we can't judge a book only by its cover.
• India
23 Jul 08
see, my lot is full of discussions. discussions will never end. it is determined by your eyes when you feel sleepy or your time constraint to go to work. i always pick up discussions from my interest and from top discussions. this goes on for 5 days in a week. on the 6 and 7 days, i generally go to discussions which no one have answered.i find them pretty interesting. so this is a routine work. i do not have to put myself into unnecessary confusion. bye and happy my lotting.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I have just recently started checking out the no responses and new discussions. They are very interesting sometimes, but I still go by the topic on those ones also.
23 Jul 08
Usually decided whether to continue discussion is based on its meaningful and interesting contents.so picking up worthful discussion by browsing quickly.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Jeff - that's true, when we are going through quickly I think we need a good topic to draw us in.
• United States
23 Jul 08
yea,thats one of my really bad habits.But most of the time if theres a book with a dumb,or strange title I usually dont read it at all.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
But what about discussions here at myLot? Do you do the same thing?
• United States
23 Jul 08
Well,to be perfectly honest I do,but sometimes I do just read some I dont find interesting by the title,sometimes its better to open up to new things.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
That's very true, and depending on my mood, the time of day or what else I have going on, I'll do the same thing. But the majority of the time I just skim them by the topics.
@Elixiress (3893)
22 Jul 08
I do that, because the title and the few lines shown when the discussion is listed is usually enough to tell me the topic of the discussion and whether it is something that I have an opinion on. I doubt anyone on here replies to every discussion, mainly because then we would be flooded by pointless replies like "hmm yes interesting point" as the person has no real opinion of their own.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
There's no way we could all be interested in every discussion that's started, but I like to make my Title catchy so that I at least have a chance of people reading it.
@Elixiress (3893)
23 Jul 08
I think that is the same way most people do it. Or with a simple title that tells the reader what it is about. Once someone has opened a discussion I think they tend to respond to it, unless it is a really long discussion and that puts some people off.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I have seen that happen too. You think it's going to be something that interests you then it gets all long and drawn out. Some of those I will stick with some I will let pass.
@bellaofchaos (11550)
• United States
22 Jul 08
The title either catches my attention or it doesn't. So if the title catches my attention then I read the first couple of lines and then I decide wether to respond or not. LOL!!! The title might catch me but the substance keeps me. Now with friends I usually look at there discussions and read a few lines of each to decide what I'm going to respond to or I just respond anyhow.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I do pay more attention to it if it's one of my friends. I always check to see if I recognize the avitar/nickname.
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• United States
25 Jul 08
I honestly think we all do that and anyone who says they don't isn't willing to admit the truth. LOL!!
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@gabbana (1815)
• China
26 Jul 08
Excelent questions. Sometimes, i do ! Though people always say we should not judge a person by his appearance, yet we still do! and so is choosing books. The cover design including the title is the highlight of the book which exibits its contents short to the point. Also i take a look at the publishing house, say, when i select English study books, i prefer the ones by DaLian Institute of Technology for the books published by it are always rich in contents based on my previous experience.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
26 Jul 08
And do you normally read only the cover of the book and decide you know exactly what it's about - much as many people have done with this discussion?
@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
23 Jul 08
Yeah, sometimes I do it. Sometimes I only read the title or the backside of the book to know the summary of the book and then decide if I should read it. I think in this fast paced world, titles have to stand out in the crowd to attract people to them and this is true for mylot topics too. What do you think?
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I totally agree. We are very "now" oriented and a bland topic to me means a bland discussion.
• India
23 Jul 08
I only respond to discussions that i can respond and follow easily.I think the title is very important for any discussions.Some title reveals every thing at a glance.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
With so many discussions it's important to be able to follow them easily. It would be hard to read every one so you need something to draw you in - very good way to put it.
@Cley_CJ (105)
• Malaysia
23 Jul 08
The way I see it, a myLot discussion's title is like the headlines of a newspaper article. An interesting title will catch the interest of the reader to continue reading. I think that's common for most people. We are all busy people. Even though you myLot in your free time, there are hundreds of discussions to go through, so I don't think it's wrong to 'judge a book by its cover' in this case. A good title should explain what's the discussion is all about. This way, it can attract more readers, generate more response and [ehem]earn more money. Personally, it depends on my mood and time. If I'm feeling lazy, tired, in a hurry or just plain bored, I'd usually just ignore discussions with a title that I'm not interested in or doesn't really explain what the discussion is all about like "What do you think about this" without telling what 'this' is. MyLotters should learn how to create good titles, like this discussion's title.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thanks :) I think you've hit on some good points for me. It does seem like we all have the same "agenda" here! Or at least many of us do...
@snowbitz (487)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
I think most of us is guilty of doing it.As what i have said before i have this experience before when i was still studying i was walking and i passed this lady at first i glace at her and then she suddenly hit me.Lesson learned always watch !!!it's just like saying judge the book by its cover specially when your in the street walking(hahaha)crazy
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I think you're right - you can use the phrase "Judge a book by it's cover" in many situations!