When do you feel it is time to close one of your disscussion topics?

@celticeagle (115516)
Boise, Idaho
September 30, 2009 6:10pm CST
Ya, I am over thinking again! I am trying very hard to do a good job, and that should be enough, right? Oh no! I don't have a problem with chosing the best response. No, no! I have a problem deciding when to chose the best response and move on. Do I wait until there are atleast 10 responses? Now on some of my topics that I have posted that could be a year or so down the line. On the other hand, I could JUST DO IT! Or I could wait until hadeus freezes. Or until my lapsing intuition in this area yells out to me. When do you folks chose to pick your best responses. Oh, by the way, I do understand the part about you atleast have to have a response or two to chose from. I do have that down. Thanks though for thinking of me.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I used to do best responses on Fridays because me computer was running so slowly that anything else would drive me crazy. I used to wait until people stopped responding. Now I do whatever, whenever. I don't have a pattern any more.
@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Oct 09
I don't either. And I think I have missed doing the BR on many because of it. It is very difficult for me to be assured that I have have done it for each and every one. Hard to get organized and be assured without going through them all. Ugh!
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
I am doing just that now. For some reason the responses to my discussions don't come to me. Grrrr!
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
30 Sep 09
I think it is a very individual thing and it depends on the discussion topic. We are supposed to wait at least a week but I have some discussions where there is more than one response worthy of being awarded the BR so I have not resolved them yet. Discussions are never closed and they can receive responses forever so if you do not 'feel' that you have the one which satisfies you there is no rush to award it.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Oct 09
I agree it is individual but sometimes it becomes very difficult. I think i find too many times when there are several answers that merit the BR and I think this takes me over the edge at time. Haha. And it sort of bugs me that they can continue to receive responses.
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
1 Oct 09
I love it when an older discussion of mine receives new responses. That will make it visible to all again and usually it receives more than one. There are new Lotters who joined since I first posted it and would not have seen it and they usually respond. It gives me the chance to go back and comment yet again, especially when the topics never go out of date.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
That is so true!
@rosekiss (30087)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Sep 09
Once you have waited at least a week, then there really isn't any set time to give best response. I went through my discussions I started, and I have a few that are several months old, and only had a few responses. I figure, they probably aren't going to get anymore, so I just decided to award the best response. Now, that isn't saying I won't get more responses, but usually after a few months, it is highly unlikely that I will. I don't like giving the best response to soon, as I want to give everyone tthe wants to respond, the chance to do so. I don't really tink that it is mandatory to give the best reaponse, unless you get a response that fits the discussion. Sometimes it is hard to pick just one, as there are several that are really good. I just go through them and read them all again, and decide which is the very best. Good luck to you adn happy mylotting.
@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Oct 09
Thank you for the good wishes and same to you. I always have fun on Mylot. I have been on awhile now and have even checked out afew others somewhat like it but always come back here. So, that being said, I do agree with your thoughts on the subject. You have to just go do it. If I like a subject I will give it more time. I also can get a feel for what kind of subject matter to bring up too. Thanks.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
1 Oct 09
even if you stop responding back to people the post is always there.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
That's true but I feel it unfair to the responders not to get a response.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Well to ya stop when there is no more to say
@Hatley (163938)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Oct 09
hi celticeagle I generally wait til a week has gone by'then start working on best responses as by then most any who wants to respond will have done so. then I do make my final decision. but I do like to wait long enough to let people at least have a chance to respond.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
That is a good rule to follow.
@thea09 (18326)
• Greece
1 Oct 09
Hi celticeagle, I noticed further down in one of your comments saying you can't remember which you've given BR's too. It's easy, the unresolved tag holds a list of all the ones still awaiting best response. I always keep this to under three pages and do one every few days so it's not a duty thing. I generally wait 3-4 weeks in case there are more responses but on certain things I will give them the same day, these are when I have asked for technical help, got the help, and never want to see it again. I don't want these to become discussions, just an answer that works. I always award a best response though as it's a two way thing, if you like to recieve them then you should make someone else happy by giving them one.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
That's very true!
• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
Good question. I would use either the time criteria or the number criteria. If the time is up, I will close the discussion. Similarly if it crosses a certain number, I will also close the discussion. However, if there is no response, I just let it be.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
I have two right now that haven't had any responses. Sort of weird.
• Indonesia
1 Oct 09
Besides mylot, I also use yahoo answers, so I am used to pick best answers (best response in mylot). I feel that it's my responsibility to pick them. Well, as for mylot, I usually wait for about a week no matter how many responses I get. But in some cases, I just pick as soon as I see the most appealing respond. I think choosing the best response is a good way to thank the responder.
@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 09
Yes, I do too. Sometimes I wish you could give two.
@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Hi Celticeagle As someone else has already said I have to agree with I don't think discussion topics close...as for best responses I sometimes forget in fact I have to go back through some of my recent discussions and give a best response
@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Oct 09
I am sure I have forgotten some from way back when I first started. I feel bad but it is hard to go back and check all of them. I know they don't close but i meant I would close them out. They are closed because I have completed all the steps.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
2 Oct 09
It's not that I have a hard time deciding when to do a best response, or choosing a best response, it's just that I am too too lazy. I think the best thing to do is keep to a system. Say 15 responses or 5 months whichever comes first... but if five months do, no less then five responses must be left... if not, then the discussion stays until you hopefully get some attention to it. I think that if you comment to a commenter, they'll see it, and more people from mylot will too... and thus gives you more responses. Good Luck on that, I've been busy... I believe I promised you I'd look at your empty discussions... Ugh, I'm sorry if it was you... I've been not so much busy as needing to be busy!