Do you think those with too few stars should not be allowed to post new topics?

May 24, 2009 9:26pm CST
Some people on here just post absolute rubbish. It's usually copy and pasted from extremely biased websites and very often the same thing over and over again. If someone only has a 1 star rating, does that mean nobody cares what they are talking about and they should stop with their rhetoric because their ignorance is offending everyone? I suppose for the beauty is they live in a democracy where even foolish people are allowed to speak their mind. Not singling anyone out in particular ofcourse, oh no! Just wondering your thoughts... :D
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19 responses
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
25 May 09
That kind of crap would simply kill this site. Far too many people here will rate you down simply because they disagree with you. What this would do is allow someone to stalk your threads and keep rating every post you made down until your star is too low for you to start a discussion and as such, someone can singlehandedly silence you. Don't think it can happen? Go ahead and ask someone to try it on you. I had my star dropped from an 8 to a 6 in one day and then to a 4 the next day. Right now I'm mired at a 5 because I post in politics where too many people just can't handle an opposing point of view. Simply put, your suggestion would encourage and guarantee censorship by the most bitter people on the site. If you don't like a discussion, ignore it. If one person posts nothing but crap, ignore their posts. It's that simple.
3 people like this
• United States
25 May 09
4, I couldn't agree with you more. I think that they need to come up with some kind of system to limit these people from posting the BS that they do all day long. These people have violated the MyLot TOS agreement on an almost daily basis, and yet nothing happens to them. I don't usually even bother responding to these people, it isn't worth talking to these extremist. To answer your other question, YES no one really cares what they have to say, even the people that agree with their ideals, don't agree with them often.
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• Thailand
25 May 09
What rubbish. I am rather proud of my silver star. I worked hard to gain it by offending a group of Christina fanatics who that that it was all right to brainwash and indoctrinate a five week old child by playing Christian music 24/7 by the poor kids crib. I made the mistake of expressing my opinion and saw my star drop from a 9 to a 2 in three days. If speaking my mind is offensive to trolls, that is their problem, not mine. Your star reflects your level of political correctness, not your intelligence or your eloquence.
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25 May 09
Good answer! Although a bit personal at the end. But it's still my favourite answer
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• United States
25 May 09
He's right, I had never had a problem until I started addressing controversial topics on here, mainly politics, and that was when I had a drop in my star--before then (many months of being here) I was a 10 star, have NEVER been able to get that 10 back, i dont get it myself but ok with my 9.
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• United States
25 May 09
..another thing I have seen on here is users promising other mylotters positive ratings just for posting in their discussions, usually a discussion that is just a repeat
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
25 May 09
Fuque the star. It's a stupid childish element of mylot used in a stupid childish way as a stupid childish weapon. I could personaly give a flying fack about that thing. No, I don't thnk people with low star rating s should be barred from posting.
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• United States
25 May 09
X, do you think I should start to find left wing websites and copy and paste BS articles all day long, everyday? I am sure I can find an hour or two a day to counter the far right wing (I can't even really use that term, because some of these post are even to far for you X) crap that is spewed on here.
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
25 May 09
Personally, I've seen a lot more of the left-wing stuff on here than right-wing, but oh well. We all have freedom of speech.
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@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
25 May 09
I think there would have to be guidelines for it and considering that say if you did not like me for some reason you could friend me and there for have access to all my posts. In which you could go to everyone of them and rate me as bad. Making my rating falter.
@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
25 May 09
Sorry hit enter too soon. as a result this would not be very fair to me or the person who is being hounded by one particular person.
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@MrPKitty (103)
• United States
25 May 09
So how could a person like me ever be able to post? Far as I know I have no stars and how could I get any if I couldn't post without them? No seriously, what's up with the numbered stars? I've only seen a few people with them. Some people with 1000 posts don't have them. I don't get it.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Never worry about the ratings/stars here, MrPkitty! They are used frequently here on mylot by some to discourage and intimidate people with opposing viewpoints, regardless of facts.
• Canada
25 May 09
This could backfire if implimented. There are trolls out there on every website who will downrate someone, just because thhey are idiots. If the downrated aren't allowed to post new discussions, then the trolls will have all the more motivation to downrate for no reason other than they want to be malicious. If I see something that I considder to be rubbish, I just don't respond to it!
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@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
25 May 09
that is incredibly unfair, why should people receive stars in the first place when it does not add any significance to our earnings, everyone should be allowed to contribute to a topic of his or her choice, they should remeber that english is not the primary language of some people
@dismalgrin (2604)
• United States
25 May 09
The numbered stars are just a popularity contest. Would it be right for us to make illegal for those that weren't of the 'popular crowd' to have a job? Nope, and I know that really sometimes it's hard to sort out the people that have low stars because they can't post anything original and those that just aren't as well liked as the rest on mylot. Glad that you got your numbers up, but you started somewhere too, and I bet some of your first posts weren't all that either. You live and learn.
25 May 09
wow dismagrin! lol it was just a general wondering, doesn't necissarily reflect my views! i personally don't give a flying poo what my star rating is, the only thing i can't stand is posts that are blatently copy and pasted. because basically that person is trying to earn money off of someone else's words.
• United States
25 May 09
LoL, yes, but those posts get reported and the person generally gets suspended from mylot so in the end they get what's coming to them for being fake.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
25 May 09
Not singling anyone out in particular ofcourse, oh no! Um ... yeah .... sure. If someone only has a 1 star rating, does that mean nobody cares what they are talking about and they should stop with their rhetoric because their ignorance is offending everyone? Obviously SOMEONE cares about what they're saying or they wouldn't take the time to give them a bad rating. Perhaps it isn't the person doing the posting who is ignorant but rather the persons who get offended. At least this person posts a link to back up their thoughts on subjects instead of just spouting off willy-nilly. Perhaps they post part of a story and a link as a way of starting conversation.
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25 May 09
There is writing your own stuff and linking your source, and then there's blatent copy and past jobs, to me that's just laziness! Besides, the links are never anything credible or taken serious in the world of journalism. It's about as usefull as me linking all my posts to a webpage full of my own oppinions and oppinions of people who think just like me. That isn't a credible source. This is not about anyone in particular at all, the same crap was happening ages ago by many different people
• United States
25 May 09
most news networks even do this back n forth, my memo copy says this--no, my memo copy says that, just learning from the best i guess
• United States
25 May 09
So far I have not read a discussion that looks that it has been copied. Is there people that actully just copy and past? Because if there is they should be original and post an original discussion or make an original coment. It's not like they are not going to be able to or if there is a wrong or right dicussion or coment. You are getting paid for being original and to strat new things atlest that is what I think.
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@pitstryke (310)
• Philippines
25 May 09
if we will not post...so what are we going to do in mylot?? hangout with nothing to do..mylot would be very blue and no life at all...people with low stars ranking don't literally means that they don't have good opinions about the topics, but it means that they have something to tell that the other people got offended because of the truth or because they get eaten by words....ehehehe
@spalladino (17924)
• United States
25 May 09
Some folks use the + and - keys as weapons simply because they disagree with what someone has posted. I know, I used to be a perfect ten before I started posting in this topic! I believe that is wrong so, no, I don't believe that posters with low rankings should be prohibited from posting. Every member here has an equal right to start a discussion about anything they want, outrageous as it may be, and the only right the rest of us have is whether to respond to the discussion or not. After all, the point of starting a discussion is to get responses so, if few people respond, perhaps the person posting the rubbish will catch the hint. Of course, as with anything else in life, there are those who share the same beliefs regardless of how foolish some may find them to be.
• United States
25 May 09
its easy to post the same thing over and over if the discussions topics keep getting repeated, easy buck, but hey, im with you--they do have the right until mylot says otherwise, it just sucks for us who seek meaningful discussions
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
11 Jul 09
What a shallow conclusion to arrive at, 4ftfingers! You, of all people, ought to know by now that most myloters are people with political agendas and they will negatively rate people who do not share their political views.
@greysfreak (1385)
• United States
26 May 09
I think the star should be pretty much disregarded in most cases. The problem is, a lot of people will negatively rate people they disagree with. In my mind that is the true meaning of ignorance. If someone doesn't like a person's posts, or they disagree with them, then it's simple, move on. I have been here on and off for a few years, and I have learned that I need to stay away from reading some people's posts. There are people with all viewpoints here, and really, the hate has got to stop. I get angry at times, but I always read over my posts before I submit, and if I feel I got too emotional about something I will either edit or delete. Occasionally I have submitted the more emotional ones, but I always try to be as respectful as I can, while also getting my point across. That being said, I have seen my star rating drop in the past, and I suspect it was from people who disagreed with me. I say that because I do try to stay nice, even when I'm standing up for how I feel. So no, I don't think that people should be punished for having different opinions. Granted, I've never had a rating below probably 6 or 7, so I'm guessing I don't have many rating trolls. Also, I don't believe that anyone can dictate who "foolish people" are, we all have different opinions, none of them are completely foolish, sure, extremist views are annoying (on either side), but they have a right to those opinions. And I have no problem with people posting articles, as long as they are doing so to spark a conversation or debate. But just posting them and not adding any original text, like their opinions on it, and asking what others think, that's not so good.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
26 May 09
The star ratings are people rating people they don't agree with with a negative all the time. I was a 10 until I started getting into the politics section. You find the ones with the lowest star ratings post quite a bit in the political section. But I've learned a lot here, from those who actually source their information with facts and polls hopefully nonpartisan... mainly the conservatives and libertarians (not liberals) do this. The extremely biased websites do make for interesting topics, Really shows who's paying attention to facts and who's just listening to one sides political views. But I don't rate people unless I'm giving them a positive, unless they respond like lakj fsiur jnjeitkjw or a poem or something that has nothing at all to do with the topic because they are trying to make money here...lol.
• Australia
25 May 09
i guess it would make alot of people upset as if you had to read everyones discussion and think about it for 10-20 minutes you wouldnt have time to earn any money and then to write a reasonable/best response for every discussion would require a large amount of selflessness
@Leonma (57)
• China
25 May 09
Why these members with too few stars would not be allowed to post topics? Maybe their post(new topics and respond) can not be accepted by main of us, for example, i had make a new topic about "who have a PSP and what you use it for what", I only get one respond, I just think maybe most of you dislike the content or they are just not familiar with this topic, so that the topic is worthless for no respond. I just think we can all strange in the net, we don't know each other, we don't know what other are liking and what are they thinking about, so we have the right to post different topics what we cared for ourselves no matter how others like it or not.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
25 May 09
I think the more they should be allowed posting new topics in order for them to increase their stars.