Do you read existing replies before replying to a discussion?

India
September 8, 2008 8:26am CST
Hi mylotters, I just saw some discussions which were quite resolvable with one single reply. But do we tend to reply those as well, for the sake of having more replies? Do we tend to read the existing replies before we reply? If the question is very easily answered by the first post, do you go ahead and post there again? Have you ever been tempted to give a different reply than what we initially intended after reading the existing replies? I am just curious to know because this has happened to me a couple of time already. Thanks for your time.. and happy mylotting..
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• Philippines
8 Sep 08
Hi there sreekumarn86! I do read responses posted on certain discussions most of the time. If I have lots of time to use for my myLot activities, I do read. However, if I only have few minutes to spare, I would just respond to the discussion at hand. Reading the existing responses do not make me change the response I have intended to post.
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• India
8 Sep 08
Hmm, but at times what has happened to me is that the way i have interpreted the question is not the way the responses there indicate other's understanding of the Question. Those times, i have re thought on my reply.
@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
8 Sep 08
But perhaps they need your different interpretation. You may be the only one who understood what the original poster actually meant. In that case, you should still answer the way you thought was appropriate.
• India
9 Sep 08
hi buddy.. i can say that when i am replying to the discussion i at first will never wish to read others response for that discussion.. because for that discussion i am going to express my views and others views will no way affect my views.. but after i reply to that discussion i will have a look at others response
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• India
9 Sep 08
That's a good point to read the responses after posting our view. Thanks for the response friend. have a great day.
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@reoko10 (578)
• United States
8 Sep 08
No, I just replie!
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@yadav8797 (1211)
• India
9 Sep 08
friend,first of all congrats for reaching the 100 post why not you read reply first on the discussion,for giving the responses on the discussion you have to read the other responses too.to get a good idea from them and give comments too good one reply in the discussion.that why you will have to read each and every reply over the discussion.for good comments on other or getting good idea.if you don't want to respond,then also you have to read these replies.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 Sep 08
Nope. I have my reply in mind when I read the discussion subject as posted. I always find a lot of replies unworthy of my own thinking anyway. So I think up my own stuff and post that. Its a lot easier for me that way.
9 Sep 08
It would depend on the quality of the replies above
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I read some of the other replies. The first one might answer the question but there also might be other points of view that need to be shared. Nothing is ever really black and white. There are as many shades of grey as there are people in the world. I love to get a variety of answers. I learn so much more that way.
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@vidhyavini (6112)
• India
8 Sep 08
It depends on the discussion. If the discussion is about asking some doubts in mylot, people can very well solve it in their first response. In that case I will read the replies. If I have different opinions that I wish to share with the thread starter I will reply. Otherwise I won't. And if its some other discussions, I don't generally read the replies. I will reply what I feel. Happy mylotting.
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8 Sep 08
Yeah i always read the existing replies, But even if my answer is there already i still post it up, mainly becuase it adds to my post count and also becuase i always liek to give my opinion :P
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• Australia
9 Sep 08
I enjoy reading how others respond to a post it gives me some idea of what people are like and how they think ,some days thats all I do read what others have to say and don't get around to posting myself.lol. Maybe we should get a payment for reading posts as well.
• India
10 Sep 08
lol. good one dude. It has also happened to me. I get lost sometimes reading replies and then eventually forget what i was supposed to write. That's truly sad as we don't get paid
@magna86 (1787)
• India
9 Sep 08
well i rarely do that! i really dont not spend my time in reading it!!.. it already hard to read the brief discussions!! and each and every posts??? you should be kidding!!! that would be a tedious job!
• India
9 Sep 08
That's true, if its a long discussion. If we have to the point answer type questions only, reading it makes sense. In that case, we can avoid posting the same thing over and over again. In other cases, we definitely have the right to just say what we feel.
@Msnforum (631)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Sometimes I read and sometimes I don't. That's the fact because sometimes replies goes for pages and pages and it just takes to much time to read. However I do read discussion replies that really interest me. I tend to reply after skim reading the first page. I don't know how much time you all spend on reading replies that sometimes can be useful.
• India
9 Sep 08
Yeah, one thing that's true is that the responses go on pages and pages. I try and read only the first page max, because it is not sometimes worth spending that much time reading what others think about what you already have a solid opinion. Only point is somehow avoid the same thing posted over and over again. I don't consistently read all of them.
• India
8 Sep 08
This is good question to raise. I think people here do not read the existing replies already made to the discussions. Some time the contents of the discussion are not clear in the beginning or at the end of the discussions as it is comprehensive and technical. In the first reading some charities are required and due to language problem we have to approach the replies already made that helps to understand the things.As about the resolving the discussion by its first reply or existing reply and what is the fun to reply the discussion, I would like to make you think that if you look like this you can not and how the more responses you will fetch to your discussion if every one starts thinking like you. Any way comment and have a nice day.
• India
9 Sep 08
Yeah, that is one truth. But i wonder if the number of replies one get is quite related to the success of the discussion. As long as the issue is resolved, i guess its fine. I am not 100% sure about this, as i will be sad if i get very less number of replies. But say a question like 'how do i view my daily earnings' question i guess expects no more than 1-2 replies. Am i right?
@rkrish (3003)
• India
8 Sep 08
First i read the discussion well and with level best i respond to them thats it..once BR given i check out the BR and sometimes i read the full responses also it depends on the discussion.
@yadav8797 (1211)
• India
9 Sep 08
whats the meaning and full form of word BR??what this use for?? i see this word most of the time,this is used in some replies too. can this will be used when somebody reply on there discussion itself or comment on the responses on there discussion. tell me the meaning of this word in detail
• United States
15 Sep 08
If its one with more than 4 or 5 replies i wont read every single one, but i will read the most recent. My main reason for reading them is so that i dont end up saying the same thing someone else has, and just looking like im out to copy others thoughts or ideas to make a penny.
@darshan36 (497)
• India
10 Sep 08
no it depends as per the discussion. What is it stating us, the answers also will be related to it not out of it.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I don't do this as much as I should and a couple of times not doing it has bit me in the behind because what I was asking about was already answered five posts ago! That's embarrassing for me.
• United States
9 Sep 08
I do read the other replys... but i usually just respond how i was going to anyways with the inital questions... Sometimes i will add extra if another post brings something else to mind though...
• Israel
9 Sep 08
I usually dont read all the posts, sometimes one or two unless its my question.
@aprilten (1977)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I used to do that every time I respond to a discussion. That's why in most of responses there were usually reference to others' responses. But, I don't do much of that now cause it took a lot of my time. I don't respond to all the discussions that I read. If I see that the author may have been satisfied with the responses already posted, I don't post anymore.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
When i respond to the discussion through my email... i don't have any way of reading the response... only when i finish... but when i am surfing the mylot site... and see and intersting discussion... i would always read the other responses... and give my own opinion... it doesn't matter if mine is the same with a lot of those who responded...