What should be the length of a discussion

@mayka123 (10824)
India
December 12, 2008 3:30am CST
When a discussion is too short mylotters hardly respond. Many dont like reading long discussions. So what do you think should be the length of a discussion? Do you read the long discussions or just go through the subject and delete or decide to respond??
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Yes, I read the whole discusion, no matter how long. I think it's up to the person how long they want the post to be. Some people just have more to say than others. I am a bit disappointed when someone just says a few words, but if that's all they have to say then so be it.
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@mayka123 (10824)
• India
18 Feb 09
Not everyone has the patience to write long replies to discussions. Besides most of us log on to mylot from our office. So we try to finish maximum discussions in minimum time. Very often I am in a hurry and delete the very long discussions as I do not have the time to read them. May be later on the day when I have more time I may again look at those discussions.
@greysfreak (1385)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I think it really depends on the topic, what you are talking about, asking, etc. I personally really like long discussions, and I tend to write long responses--I usually don't even know I'm doing it because I start writing and don't stop until I've said everything I had to say about the subject or ideas that the original discussion brought up. So the longer it is, the more interesting and fun it is for me, because I love to write! I do know that some people prefer the more simple, to the point discussions, but I think there are plenty of us here who do appreciate longer ones. So I guess it's a good idea to have a variety of discussions, then you will probably get a good amount of responses over time.
@mayka123 (10824)
• India
13 Dec 08
A lot of mylotters log in from their offices. They manage to read the discussions in between jobs or when they have some free time. Then it becomes difficult to read very long discussions. And especially if it is on a topic that one is not interested in. Since you like to write long answers so you enjoy the long discussions too!!
@esthetiq (20)
• United States
12 Dec 08
people have increasingly short attention spans - IMO due to information overload and the advances and speed at which information is available. That being said, more often than not I think there is a very small margin of time and space with which to catch one's attention, therefore the method of keeping it short and sweet is probably the most effective. Naturally, if a person is engaged enough in a particular topic, they will certainly spend the time to read in depth about it, and that can certainly enhance the direction of a post. But as they say in marketing you've usually got just a few seconds to grab that attention so being concise is key. As we can tell I'm still working on that feat myself, haha.
@mayka123 (10824)
• India
12 Dec 08
There have been times when the discussions have been so long that I just stopped reading it half way and deleted the discussion. Most of us log on to mylot from our offices. So we do not have much time to read long discussions. In the same amount of time we are able to answer 2/3 other discussions. And I have seen a lot of long discussions have not got many replies. Very rarely is the subject itself very interesting and the narration of the discussion too very nice that it captures everyones attention and attracts a lot of responses.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
18 Dec 08
I read all the discussions, I don't bother whether it is small or big, but, I read all..... if I was interested to reply, then I do, else, I don't bother it is small or big.........
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
12 Dec 08
I think you are true. we feel very lazy or uniterested in reading very big discussions.Also feel very bad when there are one liners. i guess ideally 4-5 lines are good. but a bit lengthier when very interesting is acceptable
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
12 Dec 08
I don't really think that there is any set formula that has a guaranteed success rate here mayka. The key is the context of the words and not necessarily the length! I do though suggest that people don't go and add 10 paragraphs or something because yes, that will put people off and they will probably just skip it rather than patiently read through it all. It does also depend on who posted it too. If it is someone I know or have interacted with before, then I will usually have a basic idea of their interests and writing style etc. If I have found their activity interesting in the past, then I will definitely take the time to read through it all. Personally I try to not type any more that 3 - 4 paragraphs maximum.
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@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
I have no preference at all as long as I have something to comment or to contribute in the discussion then I drop some or more lines to it. Although most of the time, I don't go over with very long discussions and would get easily tired reading it but that depends on who started the discussion also. If it's short then I would respond if it's worth and if it just for the sake of starting one or violates the terms and guidelines.
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• Norway
12 Dec 08
For quality's sake, it depends on how much you can express your ideas. Others also recommended, it should be 3-5 lines, so it would not look like, " for the sake of adding to the numbers of discussions one's have." me? i just go with the flow of my ideas on the topic that im interested to respond. It can be short or long, but I dont care, as long as i have expressed what i wanted to say. Besides, most of the mylotters dont have time to read to all of the comments they received.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
For me it depends on the topic. No matter how short or how long a post is as long as I have something to say about it I respond. But when the topic is even the most simplest of things but I really have no idea what to say about it then I just let it pass and maybe others would know about it more than I do and respond to the discussion.^_^
@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
16 Dec 08
As long as the discussion is interesting and I have something and time to respond I dont mind. I hate those loooooooong and boring discussions about science/war/politics and the likes. If its a joke no matter how long its is I will have respond to it. So there are many factors that can make respond or not to a discussion whether its long or short. Most important though it should be interesting and eye catching from the topic to the passages.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
13 Dec 08
I don't think that responses have to do with the length of discussions. I have posted a discussion of one sentence only and managed to gain the attention of several responses. I have typed lengthy discussions and managed to get only a few responses. It depends whether the discussion manages to attract the interest of other mylotters or not.
@Sreekala (23718)
• India
13 Dec 08
Hi dear I think Mylot is not suggesting any length limit, they are saying '..descriptive as possible'. But I prefer short discussions than long. If we can explain the main points in 3-4 lines I think it is a plus point. If the subject is interesting one, then I don't mind to read the long discussion completely. I won't reply after reading the subject line and reply only when I get time to read the whole. If you can give an attractive subject line then you will get a number of responses irrespective of the length of the discussion.
• Philippines
13 Dec 08
I don't think also that there has to be specific number of length in a discussion, but I think what matters most is the fact that someone responded or posted of a substantial quality that wouldn't appear to be too boring for a rant or leaves the responder in quandary what the starter actually meant by the issue at hand. Personally, I choose to respond to a discussion that interest me and that is quite clear and I can relate to, I don't have much time at hand to read tooo lengthly discussions or subject but I say yours is sufficient and have some sense for me to respond to. Happy mylotting mayka !
@anaphy (113)
• Philippines
13 Dec 08
some people just create discussions for the heck of the incentive anyway. Some put comments then won't care anymore to bother for it. like I've said, it's for the incentive.
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
13 Dec 08
You see 'excess of everything is bad', excess may be on the negative or on the positive side. If a discussion is too long, it becomes difficult to go through the entire discussion and later respond to it. If the discussions is too short, one will have to respond in brief. Either way, I think, it is not good for getting large number of responses. I try to remain in between while starting new discussions or responding to posts. I only go on writing a lengthy response, when the matter is such that it cannot be explained without detailed elaboration.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
13 Dec 08
Honestly I do not like very lengthy discussions,and do not have the patience to read through the whole content before deciding to comment on them.I believe its the quality and not the quantitiy of the discussion that matters.Short discussions,if intersting,are readily welcomed in mylot,and so also are discussions with about 4 or 5 lines.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
12 Dec 08
If it is short, but get's me thinking, I will respond. I do not mind long ones but I hate it when they have run-on sentences, no paragraphs and do not know how to put a proper sentence together, making it hard to read. I guess because I was good at writing and English in school, I find that poorly written text is annoying. Therefore, if I see a discussion that is just one, large paragraph, I just do not even bother reading it. Also, some of the discussions brought up are not even meant to be thought-provoking. They are only posting nonsense so they can earn more money. Once again, I will not even bother to respond.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
12 Dec 08
i donot prefer one or two liners nor do i like lenghty discussions(an occassional post,doesnt matter to me)i would prefer the post to be at least 3-4line long.and if the lenghty or short discussions belong to my friends,i would definetly respond .
@rajesha20 (209)
• India
12 Dec 08
short and sweet want to be the presentation so that the people who reads will not be get bored so ideal leangth will be 3 to 4 lines not more than that which can creat a story writing if we increase the length of the topic
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
I do not like reading long discussions. Anything worth saying can be said in a few words. Discussions that go on and on lose my attention quick. Cheers!!