READING the Discussions BEFORE Answering them? (2 part question)

United States
December 23, 2009 10:47pm CST
Do you: A) Read the entire discussion and try to fully grasp what is being said or asked, before commenting. B) Read the title and the opening statement to get a gist of what is being said or asked, before commenting. C) Read the title and respond to the discussion without reading the body of the discussion. ____________________________________ Do you: A) Think about the discussion fully and write out the most informed, detailed response you can so your answer might get rated best response. B) Do the same as in selection "A" but to actually HELP the person with their question, instead of just seeking to get a best response. C) Answer quickly with a non-committal response so that you can answer as many discussions as possible to make a certain quota of how many discussions you answer in a day/ week.
8 people like this
29 responses
@nonersays (2581)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I read the entire discussion. Sometimes I have to read each one 3 or 4 times before I can even understand the gist of the whole thing. I don't answer with the thought of getting a "best response." I try to answer honestly with my opinion or what I know as far as the question that is being asked.
1 person likes this
• Mexico
24 Dec 09
Hi noner says: I actually have the same opinion you have even if i chose the B option on the second question but what i really wanted to say it's that, for me it's more important to make a good answer that could satisfy the other person expectations and in some cases that will help him/her to solve a hard question they're making to themselves. Thanks for your answer. Hope you are having a nice day. Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@Hatley (155035)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Dec 09
hi sherrypeck I always read the whole discussion, then think about the response for awhile before I write it down, and no' I never worry about whether or not i would get best response. I just want to make an intelligent, legible response that' will be understandable. I am not one to do one or two lines of' quick crap as I like to put a little thought into what I say.
1 person likes this
• Spain
24 Dec 09
I can vouch for that! I love it when you come to my discussions Hatley, because I know I'm going to be either entertained or educated - usually, it's both. 'One or two lines of quick crap' - that's good. Can I borrow it sometimes?
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I am sure I am guilty of all of these things. I have days where I will only read half of a really long discussion, or when I start getting tired, I may skim it. I always try to give honest, helpful, or insightful responses, and never worry about getting to the next post while I am working on one Best responses are nice, but it is not a huge factor in my responses. Sure I like to get them but I really enjoy mylot, so it is about more than that.
1 person likes this
• United States
24 Dec 09
I'll try to keep my discussions as short and concise as possible for you. ;)
1 person likes this
@bingchen (1126)
• China
24 Dec 09
i think that i select A,this is lowest way to answer them.but as for me,i could not easy understand the meaning of discussion.so i want to read the entire discussion and respond them.i find that this can imporve my knowlege of reading and quality of post.whatever i do i always think about quality of post,it is important in mylot
@krkavsy (192)
• India
24 Dec 09
I understand them but at times I myself don't have the solution for which I am looking for. I agree with you. The best thing is to answer the question.
• United States
24 Dec 09
I usually read the entire discussion before I respond, but sometimes, if I already know what I want to say or I know where the discussion is leading to, I will usually just skim through it and then answer. When I'm responding, I give it my all and give the best and most detailed response that I can give. I'm not always aiming for the best response because I know I can't always get it, but I do give my best to every response that I make. I actually do want to help the person asking the discussion if they're asking for help. If it's just going to be a casual discussion, I just give my opinion on the subject or topic that they're asking about. I don't really have a quota of how many posts I want to make each week. I usually just MyLot whenever I get the chance to or if I just feel like talking to some other MyLotters.
• United States
24 Dec 09
thank you.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I forgot to add... You should have left out the 2 part discussion in your title to really put this to test. You can see how many people actually read it in its entirety!! LOL!!
• United States
24 Dec 09
lol!
@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
9 Jan 10
I read only the title and the opening statement if the discussion is asking for my opinion on a certain subject matter. However, if the discussion is factual, I tend to browse over the comments on the first page and if I find them interesting, then I proceed to read the next pages. If there is some info lacking in the comments of others, I try my best to fill them.
• United States
1 Jan 10
I never look at responding as a contest, I read a post and if I can respond I will write the best response I can. If the post asks a question, I answer it, If it seeks advice, I try to give it. if it is a rant that I agree with ,I'll write I agree as well as I can. The Last thing that crosses my mind is the best response. So when I get a notice that I received the best response , it is a complete surprise!
@JAG2009 (268)
• India
29 Dec 09
Usually, my choice is 'B'. I just get an idea of what the person is saying/asking and then key in my response. But I must admit that in this case, I did look at the other responses as well. I guess it all depends on my mood, frame of mind, and my motives at that particular moment. But your question(s) made me think about the why's & how's of my personal myLotting style.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
28 Dec 09
A}I read the entire discussion and try to fully grasp that.If I can't I don't response.B)I read the title and whole discussion.C)I read the body of the discussion. -------------------------------------------------- A)I don't think about rating. If my response selected as best then I think it's my extra gain.B} I don't want to be a teacher.I said before I don't bother to get a best response. I have no target of answering. My preference is my friends. First I try to response to the discussions of my friends. Hi sherry,I have answered all your questions. Shall I get the pass mark ?
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
26 Dec 09
Good discussion! I would say that in regards to part one my answer is A, although I have applied B from time to time because by reading the opening statement I can generally tell if the topic will be of interest to me. For part two I can honestly say that I don’t strive for a BR, honestly! My answer would have to be between B and C.
@vinslounge (1297)
• India
25 Dec 09
I will read the discussion if I find it intersting and if i find it too long and un interesting, I would be least cared to read the discussion. But I would respond to a discussion only if I read them completely and understand them. If else I would never reply since replying to a discussion without reading them properly may lead to many complications. Thanks for starting the discussion and have a wonderful day. Merry christmas. Cheers:-)
@GardenGerty (88952)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Dec 09
I usually read the entire discussion before responding. If it is a discussion that presents a problem, I try to help and be supportive. I get my share of best responses but they are not my actual goal.
@jambi462 (4599)
• United States
24 Dec 09
It all kinds of depend I guess on how good of a discussion I want to write or how much I care about the topic. If it's a topic that's pretty important to me and I can write a nice long discussion then I read it all the way through so that way I can think of more ideas while responding. Sometimes I just look at the title and start writing because I'm just trying to earn or something. Either way I like to mylot no matter how I choose to respond whenever I do.
• Mexico
24 Dec 09
Hi sherrypeck: First question- i first read the title. It must be something I think I have the possibility to give an oppinion or a good advice in case it seems to me that the person will share with me a problem and then i read the entire discussion because i need all the information in order to write something that will be good for real. I don't only write without knowing what people is asking me to response. This is part of my responsability as a member. Second question: my answer would be B, what matters the most when you answer the question is that your answer satisfy the requirement of the person. In some cases I'll give support to a person even if i am not sure if this person would read my advices. In some other cases I stop for a while and pray for this person if I know there is a bad situation where he / she is in. Well, that's it. Thanks for asking these two questions about how we post here in mylot. Hope you are having a nice day. Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays. Take Care. -Alvaro.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Dec 09
Yes. Ok just kidding. I always read the entire discussion. Nothing more annoying than a person who responds to the title, which actually has not very much to do with the point of the discussion. As for how thorough the answer, well it just depends on the question and what I have to say on the subject.
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I usually comment from the mylot digest sent to my e-mail... Sometimes it is the title that catches my eye and I will open to read the whole discussion and Sometimes the title will be weird and not informative enough and catch my attention for me to read the discussion to understand the title.... Either way I mostly comment from the digest sent to my e-mail....
@savypat (20248)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I will read a discussion all the way through if it isn't to long. I then will answer it if it only asks one question but if it asks several then I will only answer one. If after I read it I have no answer or have been asked the quesitons before I will usually delete.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
24 Dec 09
In order I do A, then I will do B. I always try to read the discussion title so that way I can better understand what the discussion is about. And I also don't expect to get an best response either. I just post relevant comments that will give the member an understanding that I responded to their discussion. I will try to post so that I can help out another person.
@clorissa123 (4930)
• United States
24 Dec 09
Well, I did that from A - C on the first section. Sometimes, I admitted that I don't fully thought about it before I answer them. but I would do it better later.