When is a mylot discussion considered to be too old to be answered.

@thea09 (18329)
Greece
July 9, 2009 7:51am CST
Hello mylotters, I just checked out a profile on someone and saw an interesting discussion they had posted. Just as I pressed submit with my response I noticed that the discussion was one year old. Does that make it a dead discussion or would a new response revive it. Would you only respond to something which is current or do what I did, albeit my mistake?
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12 responses
@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
9 Jul 09
Hi thea! There are some very interesting discussions that come back to life and some of them are even 3 years old. I have some of my own which are over a year old and still receive reponses and I comment back every time. If the topic is interesting then they are never too old to merit a response in my opinion and the date it was started makes no difference to me. If a discussion is still around then it is a worthy of a response and i very often help out friends who have old responses that received no response at all. It's all a question of what takes your fancy and not the date
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Jul 09
Hi mysdianait, I'm glad I didn't make a mylot error and glad to hear that it is okay to do it. Some of the current discussions about favourite colours etc are so banal I could never respond with thought provoking responses. When I can't find anything interesting I think I'll look back at old postings of similar minded posters.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
9 Jul 09
I often go to the profile belonging to a friend and go 'fishing' I come up with some fun discussions from way back when sometimes and it's enough to add a comment or a response and voilĂ  they are alive again
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
22 Jul 09
Good idea mysdianait.
9 Jul 09
The age of a discussion should make no difference at all and I've replied to quite a few which are quite a few months old. I think part of the trouble is with myLot as there are so many members whose sole purpose is to make money that they only really pay attention to the new discussions as they are the easier to access and don't bother searching out interesting but old discussions.
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9 Jul 09
Well I have deleted friends on here in the past purely because when I joined I accepted their friendship without realising what it entailled and then came to realise that their posts were of little interest. So would say go for it although I am not sure if this effects your rating at all. You could always send them a message before deleting that you are having a tidy up of your myLot account and removing those friendships where you feel that the discussions are not those which interest you and it is nothing personal.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
9 Jul 09
i am really glad that you started this discussion - the responses really helps me as well, because i have always wondered the same thing... i do find some interesting topics that are quite old, and am afraid and unsure to respond.. so sometimes i also take a look at the member's profile just to confirm if he/she is still active..
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Hi 4mymak, glad I could help out if you were wondering the same thing.
@diillu (5130)
9 Jul 09
I prefer responding to the discussions that are new or the recent ones. But if the post is intresting then I don't mind responding to that kind of discussions. I think a new response revives the old discussions. I also prefer to respond to that kind of discussions which has few responses rather than the discussions floded with the responses. I would like to get my response noticed. This is the reason why I prefer the discussions with few responses.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Jul 09
Hi diillu, yes a host of responses does look a bit off putting I agree. Note that your response has been noticed!
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Jul 09
For Me,I generally don't look at the age of the discussions listed as a criteria for answering,it's the content and the subjects that get my attention..I've hit the send button on some of my replies in the past without realising how far back the original post went! IMO,unless the discussion is on some currently hot news topic,and therefore (maybe) time critical,it's fair game.So long as the subject of the discussion concerned is within your interests,or could be,is new to you and can have you thinking up up a suitable response,have a go.You never know,you could make someone's day by validating a discussion they thought worth starting way back when,only to see it sink into the limbo of the "No Response" Bin!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Well everyone is agreeing which is good to see. Indeed it is the content which draws attention.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
2 Aug 09
Thanks for best response!
@kiran8 (14841)
• Mangalore, India
10 Jul 09
Hi thea, I too have come across some very interesting discussions started years ago. I have answered couple of them and the discussion gets revived as many others answer it. I remember once answering a discussion on books without actually seeing that it had been dormant for more than 2 years....I just answer anything I find interesting without actually bothering about when it was started and by whom...
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Hi kiran, I shall follow your example, I've actually been deleting interests which only have postings from at least 6 months ago.
@kiran8 (14841)
• Mangalore, India
10 Jul 09
thea, earning wise you don't have to worry, you get paid by mylot no matter what discussion you answer. All the discussions that appear on mylot pages are eligible for earning so, go ahead and do as you like
@apgh09 (514)
• United States
10 Jul 09
hi thea09 as long as its in the my lot data base it never to old to respond too. because you may have valuable information to share. or the topic that was 1 year ago can be related to some current event that is happening. and if people see a similar interest they will respond to the discussion. so i would not let a old date keep you from voicing your opinions. what was the subject that you are interested in?
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Hi apgh, well the one I responded too wasn't really current as it was a political thing but as it was a situation which could easily arise again I found it interesting, could a mormon become president.
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
There are times that I respond to old discussions of my friends, it will be good for them as the discussion will be revived and open again to other mylot members. You didn't do anything wrong, thats fine. There are some discussions that are still active even if its 2-3 years old. Not unless the discussion is about a current event known to the public 3 years ago and you just responded on it which is kind of too late.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Hi spohie, thanks for your response, seems that the view here is that reviving old discussions is actually a positive.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
9 Jul 09
I'd respond, because just lately there aren't that many interesting discussions around. Even if the originator of the discussion was no longer a member, the fact that the discussion was revived would bring in new responses, and it may be a salutory lesson to those people who put up trivial and banal discussions. I would say that as long as the discussion is still up there, it's still open for responses.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Morning Sandra, trivial and banal discussions! What on earth can you mean? I'm sure anyway that there are enough people on here to keep those ones going.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
10 Jul 09
Hi thea, I think that a discussion is never to old to react to. Mylot is not a traditional forum in which it's inappropriate to respond to topics which are older than a certain period. I would respond to any discussion as long as the subject catches my attention.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
11 Jul 09
Hi diamania, I've some fairly new old ones!! think the general feeling is to check out old topics.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
i dont think you did a mistake on that one... the oldest discussion i ever replied was i think 6 or 7 months old, i really cant remember. if it was a good discussion even it was already a year old i would still reply it. sometimes i dont look at how long the discussion was started, as long as it is interesting for me then i go post a response to it.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Thanks for your response. Not a single voice of dissent so far.
@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
10 Jul 09
There is no hard and fast rule about old discussions. If the topic is still relevant I do not see a problem in replying if you feel like it. Some subjects are timeless, some have the life of a fruit fly. If in your judgment it was a relevant and interesting topic and you had something to contribute go for it.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
10 Jul 09
Hi, when I first started on here I found it quite boring as only looked at questions and answers and discussions, a lot of which are not interests of mine or repeat almost daily the same issue. Now I am able to find topics which interest me and if they are old but still relevant I shall go for them.