Do You Avoid Discussions With Lots of Replies?

United States
July 24, 2008 4:13pm CST
I am one to avoid responding to discussions that already have lots of replies. Part of my reason for doing this is that myLot has a rule (a guideline?) which says that users should actually read what everyone else has written before posting their own response. (I think that myLot does not want duplicate replies.) So if I arrive at a discussion that has more than two pages of comments (and two pages is sometimes a stretch for me), I will typically move on to the next discussion. If a discussion has pages and pages of replies, I respond under rare circumstances - such as the question being one of my personal soapboxes, I am passionate about the topic, etc. So, how about you? Do you avoid responding to discussions with lots of replies? Or do you jump right in? Why might a person want to join a discussion that already has lots of replies? (I am interested in learning the answer to that question...)
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@liquorice (3901)
24 Jul 08
That's a good question, I've often thought about this myLot rule when I reply to posts with lots of discussions. And I do sometimes reply to such discussions. I agree, it is difficult and time-consuming to get through what are sometimes over 100 posts, and it's a bit impractical as you're not going to remember them all even if you do read them all! I also have the problem that where a discussion has lots of replies I tend to forget whether I've already replied to it! Such discussions tend to be around for quite a long time and it's hard to know whether I replied to it already or whether it was to a similar discussion that someone else started. People usually want to join a discussion that already has lots of replies because they have something to add to it, that's a plain and simple reason. Maybe they're passionate about the topic, like you mention. And if it's got lots of replies it probably means that it's an exciting or interesting subject that lots of people want to contribute to, so it's likely that I will too!! I agree that topics with lots of replies don't need my response as much as those with few or no replies, but sometimes it's just nice to be involved in a popular discussion because it's a good one.
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• United States
24 Jul 08
LOL. When I find one that I am passionate to give a response, I usually read through the thread with my response in mind, looking for someone else who has given a similar response. Sometimes, if I find someone that says what I was going to say, I'll just attach a comment to their comment and chime in with my thoughts. Thanks for your reply!
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• United States
25 Jul 08
Highly, this is what I do. Like now*LOL* I do respond in this way though because if a discussion is that long, and the answers that I do read are intelligent, meaningful, and spur another discussion, I find it interesting. I like discussions that get people going and replying back and forth to each other, even if the responses are not counted.
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@aweins (4203)
• India
24 Jul 08
HI highlyclever , my friend, i think what you say is very right but i dont read all. i just take an over view and then i answer my discussion. i generally choose a discussion which atracts me to answer, otherwise it is very boring to go to every page and then read what every body has written. i think there should be a way to dissolve a discussion with too many replies as it is too boring to read all those, and my lot should also dissolve a discussion itself if there are no further replies coming to it.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Your thoughts are interesting about "dissolving discussions", but sometimes a discussion can have value to one person and be of no value to another... as the saying goes: "One man's trash is another man's treasure". There are probably some discussions out there that most people would agree are of no value, but the ultimate judge is myLot. Thanks for your reply, aweins!
24 Jul 08
If the discussion really catches my attention and I want to respond, I tend to read the first page and then respond. If it has loads of discussions say 6 or more pages I will only respond if I want to offer my view, opinion or something like that. There is no way that I will read all the pages before replying especially when people have responded and having a discussion of their own through the replies!! I wouldnt avoid them on purpose but I do think to myself, well that has lots of replies so I'll move onto the next discussion that will jump out at me!! Good point though!!
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Sometimes I will do this as well, although I have read through many discussion threads page after page after page... LOL - sometimes that happens that people start their own discussion under the comments of someone else's discussion. I sometimes find myself typing a reply and realizing that I am starting to do that; I then copy my thoughts and paste them into a notepad program, go back and edit my reply to be brief, and then I go and start a new discussion! Thanks for your reply! (^_^)
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I try to read discussions that have a whole lot of posts, but it takes too long to do that, especially if there are 2 or 3 pages of them. Unless its something that I'm passionate about and I think I may have something important to add to it. Sometimes I don't care and I'll respond anyway, without reading them all..
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@myklj999 (13657)
• Olney, Illinois
24 Jul 08
Well, most of the discussions I reply to come from email notices from my friends list, so I don't know how many replies have already been made if I answer it from email. But if I'm actually roaming around on the 'lot and I find a discussion that I feel I just have to respond to, I'll look through the first couple pages and then post. But then, I'm a mouthy little fart who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut sometimes...
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@lizzyt2007 (1312)
• Craig, Alaska
24 Jul 08
only sometimes I do. It depends if they person asking the question can only have one answer in my opinion at least. but if I can answer the question I don't care how many pages they have of answers, because I know I probably can type something different then the rest of them.
• United States
24 Jul 08
I don't respond to a discussion that has a lot of replys. More than likely anything I would say is the samething that some of the others have said. As you said that mylot doesn't want repeats on the responses that have been posted. I like to post to discussions that don't have very many responses to them at all. I can not think of one reason why someone would want to post to a discussion that has a lot of responses to it.
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@momalisa65 (1977)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I do it anyway. I didn't read all three pages of your replies and I'm still telling you what I do. There can only be 2 answers to your question: Yes, or No. If the first 2 people give 2 different replies, then everyone after the 2nd person will be repeating what someone said. Lol. True?
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• United States
26 Jul 08
True. There are only two possibly replies to this question, but it seems that everyone has managed to give a different answer... or at least a slightly different version of "yes" or "no". It is simply an interesting discussion to follow. In the past, I have typically steered clear of discussions that have pages upon pages of responses. I typically did not want to wade through all of the clutter. (Sometimes the responses are not all that quality.) But hearing what so many people have said, maybe I will change that for the future? Thanks for your reply! (I like your duck avatar. Is that from Little Suzy's Zoo?)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Yea, it's Suzy Zoo. A friend of mine added my name to it. I thought it was cute so I used it for my avatar. It looks kinda like me. Lol!
@monaliu (344)
26 Jul 08
I just response the dicussion which I am interested in. So I don't mind there are already have many response.Just tell my opinion about the topic. I know you will read all responses of your discussions,even maybe you will try to response all. Am I right? By the way ,enjoy your weekend.enjoy your life... (*_*)
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I do read through them all. I usually respond to them all, too. Since I have two threads going right now that have more than 20 and 30 replies, it may take some time to respond to them all! You have a good weekend, too. I hope life goes well for you! (^_^)
@mandykaren (2040)
25 Jul 08
like this one loool soemtimes
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Sometimes I will respond to a discussion if it is something that I want to respond to. If it is a subject that I feel that I can comment on and add too, I will respond. I normally read the first few pages,but I will say that I don't normally remember what I read.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Hi, I don't really avoid discussions that have lots of replies especially if I feel I have something I want to add such as my own view or opinion. The discussions I avoid are the one line questions, or the ones that ask a question and don't even answer their own question in a discussion about it. I feel that if they don't have the time or energy to discuss their own question, why should I? I do try to read most of the responses to a discussion although they indeed can get quite time consuming. Happy MyLotting, Char
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
25 Jul 08
no im not particular with the number of replies when responding to a particular discussion..if its lesser or more ..what im attracted most of was the heading and then topic at hand..if i like it and can relate to it ..then sure i will respond regardless of the numbers ..and i do respond also to those discussions that had no responses...especially the new ones(beginners)
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I don't care who has responded to the discussion and how many have responded. If the discussion appeals to me and I have something to say then I just say it and that's the end of it unless there is a rejoinder just crying out for another response.
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I don't. I actually find them interesting to post with. Well, I answer discussions if I can relate to them. If I feel that I can share or say something to a discussion, I would definitely reply to it. In mylot, we are given several choices and varieties of topics, it's all up to us what discussions we will patronize. Kudos.
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• Brazil
25 Jul 08
i keep a fast reading and then i answer the questions and i hope rarely something against the rules even because what i post almost part of them have something dont happens to other people so, i post about the life and things that happening to me or my friends. the most part of my post are in places like life or things like it because i know no one has the same future or past =p
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• Chile
25 Jul 08
Hummm... good one here. I don´t mind reading other´s answers, as sometimes I find out that someone has already replied what I wanted to say. Anyway, I don´t avoid discussions with lots of replies, as those discussions are often the better ones.
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@zer0charly (5618)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I don't read all those replies., well, I just read the first page of it. If I find the topic too interesting, I would just read the whole discussions but not the reply, and then respond to it. but sometimes, If the user already chose the "best response, and the discussion has a more than 50 response, why the heck will I give my comments? for I know that all of them wrote there what the user needs to know.
• United States
25 Jul 08
I don't avoid discussions with lots of replies just discussions I can't answer.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 08
I didn't know about this myLot guideline (see how ignorant of me !) What if there are people who really have similar opinions to a discussion? I'd usually go in for discussions that interest me or that I have knowledge of, else I would be giving senseless comments!