Questionable Posts

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
July 6, 2009 2:39pm CST
I was prompted to start this discussion because I cam across one just now that had all of the signs of a fake. The story, as reported by the poster just did not make any sense to me. I'm sure that some of us sometimes embellish a story in order to get as many responses as possible, but I really must draw the line when it comes to out-and-out fakes! If they can't make the story at least sound believable, they should not even post it. This is the first one I've seen in a long time, and I have mixed feelings about even responding to it. What do you think of this type of outlandish post?
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@PSmith721 (287)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Do we get paid if there is no rhyme or reason to a post? I thought that they keep an eye out for this kind of stuff! But I suppose they can't catch them all. Another question just came to mind--Do we get paid for the responses that are made to our posts? I am fairly new to this site and just want to know. Sorry to (kinda) change the subject.
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@kumarpslv (3218)
• India
6 Jul 09
Yes...Please refer http://www.mylot.com/o/faq/faq6.aspx#14 and if you want in details go through this page http://www.mylot.com/o/faq/faq6.aspx
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Some of these posts do have the appearance of truth to them, PSmith, but as you get more into them you have to suspend belief.
@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Well, I think that's why I never really get too close to people here. I bounce around in my responses, I don't pick a particular person or subject matter, but I know what you mean about the 'stories' that are created. The very sad part about them, is they are still playing on human nature. People LOVE drama. They feed on it. So, until people can steer clear of having to be 'in' it or the drama that some people surround themselves with, in all honesty, just like anything else; if you have an audiance, then who's the bigger fool. The person creating a ride for people? or the People that always get taken for a ride by these far out stories?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I just feel that members should state the obvious whenever a subject is discussed, kprofgames. I really like fiction - so long as it is presented as such.
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@jb78000 (15173)
7 Jul 09
haven't seen that one but wouldn't respond anyway. i get a bit annoyed in politics when i see postings that i don't agree with but the people doing them are usually genuine (if mistaken). if you think that story is completely made up maybe you should report it?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
It would not gain me anything, jb, if I reported it, so what would be the use? I just make a mental note of the poster and try to steer clear of their posts in the future.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
7 Jul 09
I don't know you didn't say what it was that was questionable, you see everything is relative, what is questionable to one person may be totally believable to another person, and more than that, it might even of happened. I know in my own life I have told people something that had happened and they did not believe and so no way that could not happen but yet it did.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Whenever what is reported just doesn't add up logically, winterose, I assume that it is a lie. I could be wrong, but everyone cannot so easily distinguish a lie from the truth.
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@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Well, I am not sure as to what is outlandish, I have not run across the same one. I find them very boring, when I do find them. I have had people dying and single and married all at the same time. They have been male and female simultaneously. If I can pinpoint anything about it that is truly fake, I just report it, otherwise I skip it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Some people are just very good at lying, GG, and that's alright if they warn you ahead of time.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
6 Jul 09
Personally I would not even respond to it and just come away from it I have to say I have not come across one of them for a long time either
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
That sounds like the wisest course, gabs.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Jul 09
I think there are two things we can do here. First of all, report the discussion, giving the reason, and then don't respond. From what I understand, we are only paid for originating discussions once there are responses, so if there are no responses, the discussion leader doesn't get paid. I agree we all add a little bit at some time or other - it's literary licence and it's fine, but a complete fake is wasting everyone's time and it should be treated with the contempt it deserves. People like that will get Mylot a bad name if they get away with it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I don't doubt, Sandra, that most myLotters are honest about the topics they discuss, but I do have a problem when something is presented as fact when it is pure fiction. If you're going to make up a story, just say so.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
7 Jul 09
worldwise1, Not knowing the exact details of your discovery, I can only assume that the post may not be intentional. You can always respond and point out to the post starter and the rest of the members of the erroneous account. I did this with one particular post sometime back where the poster was erroneous in her belief from a scam email she received earlier. I feel that such action is both beneficial to the discussion as a whole where the misunderstandings and mistakes can be rectified. It will also stop the wrong message from spreading to out of proportion situations. I just feel that it is in everyone to stop scams and fraudulent accounts as it is. Reporting and removing the posts isn't really that helpful especially in the name of good spirited discussion. Have a nice day.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Jul 09
This was an instance where I had no concrete proof to dispute what the poster reported as truth, skysuccess.
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