Do you look at discussions that aren't on the first page?

@bayernfan (1430)
Canada
April 2, 2009 10:00am CST
I have noticed that most of the activity that takes place in discussions that I create takes place in a short period of time after the discussion is started. I was wondering if other myLotters check through multiple pages for interesting discussions or do you stick to the first page only on any given interest board? Perhaps you use the search function or you use your home page to locate the discussions that you participate in? If you do look through more than one page, how many pages are you willing to view? Do you think that myLot should implement a mechanism that allows the more popular discussions to stay near the top of the boards or are you happy with the current push model where new discussions added go to the top irregardless?
2 people like this
15 responses
@zweeb82 (5745)
• Malaysia
4 Apr 09
I think if I'm not mistaken, the more popular discussions always go back to the top although new discussions may appear to be there for a while? Especially if there are responses even though the discussion may be old already, they'll normally go back up to the top. I'll normally go through pages if I need to but normally the discussions from my friends alone are sometimes too overwhelming as they flood my inbox? Haha!~
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
5 Apr 09
That's news to me. I certainly wasn't aware that popular discussions were being moved back to the top of the list. I don't remember ever seeing it either. Perhaps I haven't been on myLot long enough?
1 person likes this
@zweeb82 (5745)
• Malaysia
5 Apr 09
Well, perhaps I could be wrong? Why don't we Continue our observation? Haha!~Because as far as I remember, the "top discussions" section, you can see sometimes that old discussions go back to the top, not only discussions started on that day itself
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
5 Apr 09
I will certainly keep my eye out for such an occurrence. Are you perhaps talking about the "Today's Top Discussions" board? If so, that would be a separate issue to the one I was considering. I am talking about discussions on individual interest boards. For instance, the "politics" forum. Do all discussions on the "politics" board get pushed down when a new discussion is created irregardless or do more popular discussions return to the top? Correct me if I am wrong, but hasn't the "Today's Top Discussions" board already been created to help members find the best and most popular posts while rewarding their creators for their efforts?
1 person likes this
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I usually dont go further than the first page. once in a while I will go to the second page but not often and never any further. I used to when I was new and accidentally commented on discussions from like 2 years ago. I assumed that the newest discussions are all on the first page.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
The most current discussions are all the same page. Some interest boards don't get as many new discussions created as others do. On some boards you can literally go away for months and, when you come back, see some of the same discussions on the first page that were there when you left. Other boards have so many responses that a new discussion can be pushed of the first page in a couple of hours.
• United States
3 Apr 09
I check out many pages. I look through the top discussions. I look through the new discussions. I also look at my frinds discussions. Then I respond to the conversations I am interested in or know something about. I think it is fun to respond and meet different people even if you have different oppinions.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
It certainly can be a lot of fun on myLot. There is something for everyone.
3 Apr 09
Quote: I have noticed that most of the activity that takes place in discussions that I create takes place in a short period of time after the discussion. Well, I think it's because it's on the front page at the time, people post and go post on others and don't spend commitment to a post.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
Yep. Discussions don't always have a lot of time on the first page either. It's important to strike while the iron is hot and foster those discussions.
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
3 Apr 09
i look at the first page and if there is not anything i am interested in responding to then i go to the next page and so on. i tend to stay away from controversial subjects or subjects that are not worded in correct english as i do not have alot of time to figure out what someone is trying to say. i have about 15 minutes tops to spend here each day so i pick subjects that i have something to add to and many times where i feel i can help the person who wrote the discussion if they are asking for advice.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
I here you. When you are forced to work within time constraints, you must pick and choose your spots. It was nice of you to join in on this discussion. Cheers.
• Poland
3 Apr 09
I seem to have to trawl through three or four pages alot of the time to find something worth replying to. There are alot of repeated topics and topics that really seem of no use on here at the moment. I found this on page four by the way! Haha!
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
Lucky for me that you were willing to leaf through a few pages to find my discussion. There certainly are many repeat discussion topics and useless posts. Anything worthwhile requires at least a little bit of effort. Thanks for sharing.
@KcLKcL (182)
• Indonesia
3 Apr 09
I'm looking to the discussions that aren't on the first page if there's no interesting discussions in the first page for me. Well Sometimes I can't answer to these discussions that I'm not interested LOL. Well, I'm happy with this model. Maybe because I'm just new here ~_~
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
Welcome to myLot. If nothing else, myLot takes a novel approach. Cheers.
@vivianchen (2649)
• China
3 Apr 09
I always go to "TODAY'S TOP", then i see my the top discussions. But i can't where is my neweset discussion, it's strange. I still don't know why. But as long as l can see other people's post, i am happy!
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
You can easily track your discussions on your home page or from within your profile. Placing your own discussions in "Today's Top" would be redundant, no? Isn't TTD supposed to help you find other members discussions to participate in? Happy MyLotting
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I actually found this discussion on page 4, so that tells you that I most definately look from page to page. I usually start with today's top, and I will start with page one, but on average I find maybe 1-3 discussions per page that catch my interest enough for me to want to respond. Then I'll go through the pages until I start to see discussions from a previous session. Next i'll go to the my interests and friends started and work in the same fashion. Because of the volumn of discussions and members on this site, I don't know if there is a better way up ranking the discussions. If it's a last post to the top, you'll have people bumping their discussions, which would be annoying. And to be honest, some of the most popular discussions are kind of silly. So, I think that I'd just vote to keep things the way they are.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
It goes to show you how quickly discussions get pushed down on myLot. Yeah, I'd say that I find a similar rate of interesting discussions per page. Although, on some boards, sometimes it's 0 or I have to wait several days for something worthwhile to respond to. The system here seems to work very well for myLot. I am a member of several forums where the last post goes to the top. Bumping is usually limited to once or twice a day and friends are forbidden from bumping. Some forums don't allow self-bumping or only legitimate questions and answers pertaining to the thread. Cheers.
@scgodess (105)
• United States
3 Apr 09
i search through for topics that actually interest me. It doesn't matter if it's on the first page or the last. I responded to one yesterday that was a year old
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
What's old to some, is new to others.
@kevdiesel (129)
• Kenya
2 Apr 09
Well i think most discussed should alway be on top and if a discussion isn't respond to it moves down.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
This would be an interesting methodology. It might be troublesome for active users who would like to emphasize newer discussions that they have not responded to yet. It would be interesting to poll myLotters to see how they felt.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
i usually go to about page 3 when i am looking for discussions to answer, unless i am really bored and have a lot of time on my hands. i think they do already. its called today's top discussions.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I think that it is safe to say that available time will determine strategy for many myLotters. Today's top discussions is a really helpful feature, but it is a collection of posts from all the boards. I was posing the question with individual topic boards in mind because the method used on these boards is FILO, pushing previously posted discussions down the list irregardless. Perhaps it would be helpful if myLot put the day's top 3 discussions for each board on page one of their respective topic lists? Food for thought anyway. Cheers.
• United States
2 Apr 09
I have my notifications on so I not only see which friends have started discussions in my email box, I also see them on the front page, and under friend's tab. I also then know who has responded to my reponses on threads I've commented on. I sometimes will start with the home page, after the other tabs just to see what grabs my attention. I also make sure to hit the "No Responses" tab once a day to give those writers a chance to be seen by people on my friends list. I think the tab feature is really nice in that you can virtually get lost in answering all of the threads within each one. Then of course there is your own personal interests. Some of my interests don't list as much as the others so I will go through my interests to find new posts, or even create new threads in order to generate discussions in areas of interest for me. I have noticed that lists tend to shift depending up activity, unlike other forums where they remain static and in the same place. I'm not sure what's more helpful to be honest. I personally like a particular forum I run in that I can always find the article/discussion in the same place I left it. However, on something as busy as Mylot I can see how it is helpful in having move towards the top and making them even more active. In terms of the interests themselves I typically, if it's a new one I've not yet looked through will go through the entire list to see what's been posted so I don't duplicate questions. Namaste-Anora
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I always start on my home page and I find that the setup easily allows me to manage discussions and locate more interesting new discussions to participate in. There certainly is so much content on myLot that one can get "lost" without much effort. It is very important to employ tactics and manage your environment on myLot if you regularly participate. It will take much time to search through every last post on a board to make sure that you aren't repeating a discussion. Why not just use the search engine?
@winzpc (2356)
• Indonesia
2 Apr 09
I check the discussion until the fourth page. Usually at the fourth page, I will find the discussion that I already read it. But it's only I do in my fav interest. usually I did it at mylot.com, gamer, life, people and question & answer. Every second there are new discussions been made by other myLotters. So I think I will find a discussion that interest me in the second, third and so on page. Keep post...
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
Yeah. Some boards don't have as much traffic and participation so, even if I have been away for a while, going past the first few pages isn't necessary before I start seeing the Discussions that I have seen before.
@snow_one (202)
• United States
3 Apr 09
i scroll through and find sum thing that interets me..