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@twoey68 (13651)
United States
August 16, 2009 9:40am CST
Recently I responded to another discussion and the OP suggested that I start a discussion based on my response. The discussion had to do with why MyLot does not allow certain types of discussions such as recipes and jokes. As I explained in my response, when I first joined MyLot I wondered why they didn't allow recipes and here's what I was told. It seems they did allow them and ppl flooded the discussions with, like you said, copy and paste recipes. No one could find actual discussions to discuss. Ppl were copying them from everywhere and just pasting them one after another to make the little bit of pay and it was screwing up the whole site. MyLot put a stop to it. Now I have posted a couple of recipes but as part of a discussion. Like one I did had the recipes for Spanish donuts and Mexican fruit juice...the discussion was on dishes from other lands. It was fine. Ppl need to remember that they need to have something to the discussion that ppl can actually participate in. (http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1451272.aspx). While sharing recipes and jokes might be fun, there needs to be something more to it. I hope this helps everyone to understand why certain types of discussions aren’t allowed and how to do a discussion with a recipe and still make it a discussion. Have you had a discussion deleted b/c of posting a recipe or a joke? Do you agree with MyLot’s rule about these types of discussions? [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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25 responses
@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
16 Aug 09
No, I don't know many recipes. So, I've never had a discussion deleted at all come to think of it. Yes, I agree with with myLot on this one. You also have to understand, some recipes, or variants of a recipe, are copy righted. Like say if someone was to post a recipe they saw on Rachel Ray they might get in trouble. Besides, I don't want to see myLot swiming in recipes. It will just bring down the quality of myLot and make me hungry.
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@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
18 Aug 09
From how you showed that it was explained, I can certainly understand why they are doing it this way. But you have a good point. A discussion in the food section on foods and recipes from different countries, ethnic groups etc where everyone could try them and discuss the differences would be fun and educational in my opinion!
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@BarBaraPrz (20807)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
16 Aug 09
Makes sense to me. But I miss the jokes.
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@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
16 Aug 09
Yeah you're right about that for sure. Just merely posting recipes or jokes is one thing, but posting recipes or jokes along with an interesting discussion about it is another thing. I agree with MyLot's rules on that. You see anyone can just copy the recipes and jokes from thousands of sites out there and simply pasting them on here. I think to some that is real cool specially if I was looking for recipes or jokes. But without an interesting discussion that goes along with it would make that a candidate for deletion since it would appear to be done out of the notion that posting away like crazy just to get some earnings from it. Without a real discussion the post would lose its value as such that Mylot's goal is to spread many discussions for members to participate on. Heck, I can post songs just to make a bit difference but what good would a song be if it didn't have at least a touching story that goes along with it that reflects the poster's life story where people can relate to. Cheers!
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@GardenGerty (102671)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I like the point you make about songs, and the same applies to poetry and prose stories that are not jokes. If they have an accompanying story of why they are meaningful, and a something to discuss, it can be a good discussion.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Aaahhhhhh, that's why we can't post just the recipe! Yes it makes a lot of sense and I will have to keep it in mind. As long as I add something to it, about the recipe or how I got it or something, then it'll be ok? Thanks for passing that on!
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Aug 09
This is good and valuable information. I appreciate you taking the time to express this to us. I sort of understand the reason why not and all and it is good to know why this came down. Yes, I do agree with Mylot's ruling. It makes alot of sense. You just let such stuff in and still be a good site for discussions.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I agree and understand the rules that Mylot has about these types of things. they just want tomake sure that you are actually doing some work for these types of posts. They do not want us to just copy and paste other people's work.
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I haven't had a discussion deleted and I totally agree that they have to make some types of rules to keep things right on here. If we were all just posting jokes and recipes this would become a boring site. I think rules are great no matter where they are implied. We need them to keep life going smoothly.
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@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I am new here and I posted a joke that was told to me and someone responded and told me it may get deleted cause you can't post jokes, when I tell the joke to people they usually respond with if it was me I wold have done this or that, not that I had that in mind when I posted it, I read some of the jokes before I posted and I read a lot of blond jokes and things of that nature, so I don't understand why posting mine could be a problem.
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@GardenGerty (102671)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I agree that recipes and jokes can be made into effective discussions. It takes a little thought sometimes, but I believe that it is worth it. I can understand that a recipe from a foreign country opens up a lot of different things to discuss. A joke can open a discussion of psychology, about what makes a joke funny, or about things that make us laugh.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I do agree with them. At first I didn't and I had written myLot about it. When their response said how people copied and pasted recipes and jokes to take advantage, I could see their point. If you just post information, it really doesn't lead to a discussion, which is the point of myLot. Including a recipe or joke as part of a discussion is fine, as it does encourage responses.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
16 Aug 09
I have nver had a discussion delted for this reason twoey. However, id oa gree with the rules of the forum. I normally go by these rules stipulated and if I do not like soemthing within a site I jus t quit. I do not belive in finding fault with any system.If it suits me it is fine ;otherwise I would leave.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
When I first started on myLot there were very few people who had 10,000 points and we only had 47,000 members but the one person who surpassed everyone had about 14,000 points and posting recipes was all she ever did. She made sure there was always a link to wherever she found the recipes but as you say there was nothing to discuss. She usually asked if anyone has tried it or liked it so she also got the obligatory question in. However when myLot changed the rules and started to delete all he discussion she got really angry and quit myLot. If you post a discussion and it is you grandma's recipe, or you are asking if some knows of a particular recipe and why you are looking for it then these usually do not get deleted.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I have started a discussion on Potato Candy (My fiance and I have renamed this treat to peanut butter candy to delay the confusion when other people hear about this candy). In any case, it was not deleted to my knowledge, and a lot of people put in their own inputs. I don't think I actually added a link to the recipe itself until after a person responded. I understand why mylot has rules against certain discussions and I hope other people also understand that it's for the betterment of mylot as a whole. I think some people forget that while you can respond to a discussion, you've got to make sure it won't be deleted. If it's deleted, that a few cents off pay and can mean not getting paid out for a month. Though for a lot of people this is a past time instead of a money getter, the rules need to be enforced to ensure mylot doesn't have to close down for any extent of time.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
24 Aug 09
I think it makes alot of sense for them to rule out the posting of jokes and recipes as discussions. People tend to take advantage of the easy way. and copying a joke or pasting a recipe is VERY EASY!
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I sometimes wonder about myLot's policy regarding a lot of things including that you can't post about reaching a certain myLot goal or it will be deleted. If I ever make it to page one in users by rating, you can bet I'm going to tell everybody here in some way. I'll probably get in trouble with the admin of the website, but I don't care because they allow you to get in trouble three times (unless you do something really outlandish) before they kick you off over the course of a year. I don't often do things to get in trouble. Occasionally, I'm a little loose tongued with some idiot who replies to my post but mostly I'm a pretty controlled person here.
• United States
17 Aug 09
To my knowledge I've never had a discussion deleted. Any copy-pasta I have done was listed as such & was on the controversial side plus it got some spicy discussion going (oh how that pun ached!). I've responded to some discussions that may have been deleted, I don't know, there have been years, I do mean years of discussions in my MyLot history so I cannot tell you if I was part of a deleted discussion. I've never gotten a nasty-gram from MyLot myself though. * The best food I've ever eaten...outside of home made ice cream...is soups and various flavors of refried beans in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. There was a cold avocado soup there to absolutely die for. Then the black bean soup...oh my Lord!
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I didn't know that. I haven't seen recipes posted but, I have seen a lot of jokes posted here. I don't know if I have ever had a discussion deleted all the ones I remember starting are still there
• India
17 Aug 09
yes, I agree with mylot totally in banning discussions specifically for recipes and jokes for the very reasons as mentioned by you. Yet, nowadays I see many discussions with recipes in them…not part of the discussion you know but worded that way, yet you can very well understand that its nothing but a recipe discussion…like ‘can somebody give me some good recipes for …so & so’…I feel such discussions need to be deleted too! I might not even knowing a particular vegetable but just to make some quick money, I’ll just search the net and post a recipe on it and I am done! This is nothing but simple copy/paste…no merit of a proper discussion.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Aug 09
yup because this is to be a discccoipn gruo not just jokes and coped receipes, al so these can be taken as copy write. If you have a new way of doing it hen the post goes thru no copywrite