I Wish They Would Improve The "Interests" Page At Mylot.

January 31, 2010 2:54pm CST
I wish it was easier to search the interests section on Mylot to make it easier to find different subjects and get to them quickly. I've been here for a few years and have a lot of interests added, I find it really difficult to find the Interest I want sometimes as you have to go through them all page by page. It's also really difficult to find an interest that has already been started at Mylot because you can't search them. I'm sure that's why there are so many random interests, and many interests that are practically the same just spelled or worded slightly differently. It's because people just type it in and accidentally create a whole new interest by mistake, and then if people respond to the discussion they add the interest when prompted and it grows.
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16 responses
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
I so agree...I actually have other interests that I can't seem to find here in myLot because its not in alphabetical order and stuff. So I only get to add other interests when I join discussions that are not under the "my interests" tab...and then I just add the interest after responding to it.
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@BarBaraPrz (20765)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 Jan 10
Hmm... maybe forget the "categories" and just list everything alphabetically...?
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31 Jan 10
Things being alphabetical would be a great help, and being able to scroll through them, that would be almost as good as being able to search them.
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@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Thats a good suggestion as well.
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@teamrose (1499)
• United States
31 Jan 10
Most of us blog, discuss and participate on many different sites. Mylot is by far the most difficult of all the web sites I've been on. They ask for suggestions and I'm sure with almost 200,000 people here, someone has to hear our pleas to fix the site.
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31 Jan 10
They are working on it obviously, the Alice profile has lots of discussions asking for suggestions I will go and post it under one of them later myself.
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• United States
31 Jan 10
teamrose, we do hear the pleas. Big things are coming! nancyrowina, you're more than welcome to post your suggestion (or suggestions!). You might also want to take the time to read through some of the other suggestions your fellow members have posted. We had several fantastic back-and-forth discussions about how to make things better and I'm betting you'll enjoy the read.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
31 Jan 10
I so agree with you on this. It takes forever to find the interest that you are looking for. Its such a waste of time. They (MYLOT) should be able to make it so much easier for us. Such as maybe writing the interest and it pops up. If that interest is not on the website then you add it yourself.
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31 Jan 10
I agree they have made the site better in lots of ways but never done anything about the disorganised interests section.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
31 Jan 10
So true!
@owlwings (39762)
• Cambridge, England
31 Jan 10
This has already been flagged in the 'GoAskAlice' discussions: http://www.mylot.com/GoAskAlice . I'm sure that its one thing on the agenda to be changed. "Watch this space!" While most of us (when we realise that it's possible and that most, if not all, interests have been created by users) appreciate the ability to create a new interest, most of us have been frustrated by the difficulty of finding an appropriate one when we want to post a discussion or find similar ones. Many a new user has been very offended when told that jokes (for example) are forbidden as 'discussions' when they have posted their joke in the 'Humour' or 'Jokes' interest (never mind that they haven't actually read the Guidelines when they checked the box to say that they had!)
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31 Jan 10
Thanks for that I wasn't aware of the profile I sent her a friend request, hopefully this discussion will get enough responses to show that this issue bothers a lot of people.
• United States
31 Jan 10
Hi owlwings and nancyrowina! This topic was covered at length in the "Admin for a Day" interests discussion and it was ranked pretty high on the wish list. nancyrowina, while I do appreciate the friend request I'm not quite ready to accept friends. I'm still working through all of the changes requested and I'll be so inundated with questions that I won't be able to focus on the current tasks at hand. I just didn't want you to feel ignored since you missed out on this conversation elsewhere.
@Iram786 (498)
31 Jan 10
Yeah me too and I especially hate finding an interest when I'm about to start a discussion, it takes time to actually find the interest which is really annoying.
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@owlwings (39762)
• Cambridge, England
31 Jan 10
I agree. I would much rather have to select an interest once I have written the discussion (just as we have to add tags ... or not, as the case may be). It seems to me that 'tags' and 'interests' could very well be combined in some way, though both have their function.
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31 Jan 10
There should definitely be an easier way to look through and find the interests we want.
@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
3 Feb 10
I created a similar discussion like.. 30 seconds ago, then I saw yours. I feel silly. :( I agree with you obviously.
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3 Feb 10
That's a good thing it shows that lots of mylot members feel strongly about this, the more discussions there are the better.
• United States
31 Jan 10
I really wish there was a way to search interests too. The best I've been able to get is to search discussions and add any interests that come up with the keywords that I was looking for. I don't like having to go through all the interests pages and seeing dozens of duplicate interests. I'm pretty okay with the way the interests are organized in the discussions sections because I can find all the interests that have new discussions in them.
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31 Jan 10
A lot of interests get lost in favour of the more common interest sections though, everything is just posted under "people" "life" or "Mylot" usually. It would make it a lot easier if there was a search function, or even drop down menus under the main interest sections, those would get very long though.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Feb 10
So do I ! I have reported it and I hope it is fixed soon. I reported it to the Admin. for a day. Hope to see it actually working soon.
1 Feb 10
someone's also flagged this discussion for Alice too so Mylot admin are definitely aware of it. Hopefully they are working on it right now.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Feb 10
I wonder why it is taking so long to get it fixed. It was several weeks ago that it was discussed.
@BarBaraPrz (20765)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 Jan 10
Makes sense to me. There have been many times when I wanted to search to see if an "interest" already existed. It can be exhauting. Did you tell "Alice"?
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31 Jan 10
Yes I think someone has flagged this discussion for her, I've just sent here a friend request.
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• United States
31 Jan 10
Hi BarBaraPrz (and again, nancyrowina)! Actually, this topic was covered extensively in our "Admin for a Day" discussions. That's what owlwings meant when he said it was flagged.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
1 Feb 10
I find it quite time-consuming to navigate those, too. Also, sometimes when people create their own they get a little wild.
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1 Feb 10
Yes there are some weird interests on here! There's one called "Oddly shaped apples" with a picture of one, have you seen that? when we can search our interests maybe I'll be able to find it again.
@KompitaPita (2053)
• Bulgaria
1 Feb 10
Hi, Nancy. Same to me. I wish we could search for an Interests , it's realy hard to find the interests. And how could I know if I want to create Interest , if there is already created same Interest from someone? Few days ago I tried to create an Interest and then I couldn't find it.
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1 Feb 10
yes the way we can create our own interests at the drop of a hat is a problem here, I'm all for the site being user led and all that but they need to stop interests being created automatically. Maybe let the interests go into a que to be approved or something.
• Puerto Rico
1 Feb 10
i agree with you , Mylot should add some interested ideas inside, for example , add some funny games and the kinds of questions that good for improving people thinking, also add some culturals from different contries for everyone to know more about the world,since we know that Mylot is the international web ,should contain as much interested and improved points inside.
@nykel88 (1003)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
Yes I agree with this even though its been a week in myLot I find it hard to search my common interests if I have so many Interests. I use CTRL+F to find my interest when I make a new discussion here but I'd like them to upgrade it and to make it easier for the users. That may boost the sites popularity and would mean members will stay longer. ^^
1 Feb 10
It has been like this for years too I'm surprised they haven't done anything sooner as they made the sortie page a long time ago now, then they just stopped.
@cycle6060 (118)
• India
31 Jan 10
Yeah even I have the same feeling though I'm new to mylot and didn't find the time to go through every thing in detail it still confuses me to handle this . It can be made more user friendly.
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1 Feb 10
Yes that's the problem I think it's not user friendly, we could find discussions easier if it were better which would only benefit the site.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Jan 10
I couldn't agree with you more. i have the same problem. Any time I would like to start new discussion, i have to search for my interest page by page, very often I give up and start under life....or whatever is close...
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31 Jan 10
That's what I do, Mylot doesn't gain anything from all this time we spend searching either, we could be using out time posting and responding to discussions.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
13 Feb 10
I agree... It would be great if we could just type the name of an interest to find it rather than browsing through all the interests...