Discussions come and go

@brotha (228)
United States
February 22, 2010 2:26am CST
I've noticed that discussions on myLot are around for about 24 hours before they disappear behind all the newer discussions and are never added to anymore. This makes it nearly impossible for a discussion to have in depth opinions and points made. I think myLot should have a way to keep good discussions up longer so more people can see them and read them and participate and they don't become nearly impossible to find in the discussions section of myLot. I almost feel the need to restart some of these discussions that disappear, but I don't. Agree?
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@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
22 Feb 10
Agree. Several people have already made up several ideas. Including changing mylot in a forum and I hoped mylot would have made some changes in their recent update but it does not seem to be that way.
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@owlwings (37683)
• Cambridge, England
22 Feb 10
MyLot are still working on the changes. The most recent ones, particularly the Search Bar, can help one find discussions on a particular subject much more reliably than in the past.
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@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
22 Feb 10
I know they are still working on them. The no responses sections is a bit mucked up. How do you know about all this? You always seem to know about things earlier than we do. Are you some kind of insider?
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@brotha (228)
• United States
22 Feb 10
Yea, the search bar does help, but still. People who weren't originally a part of the discussion won't be able to see a discussion or ever know about it, even if it was one with lets say, 200 posts? That's a pretty big flaw. And lets be onest, not many people tend to search to find an old discussion.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 10
It's really good that you brought this up, Brotha. I've been wondering the same thing since it has become a trend that old discussions die, even the good ones because of the lack of respondents. I've noticed that most MyLotters reply to new discussions rather than old high ranking ones. Some users forget to check past discussions they responded to for possible replies, and because of this the opportunity and possibilty to make threads more thorough and in-depth becomes brink. I think it should be emphasized to MyLotters that we can still earn credit from placing our opinions on these old discussions and not merely from the newly posted ones.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 10
Very good suggestion, Brotha. I think this system you're thinking of is quite similar to the one Facebook has. Users have the option to choose whether they want to be notified about updates on certain applications, topics and the like that's why people continue to comment even after a couple of hours and even days. I agree that that type of system would probably solve this problem and would keep MyLotters from just posting newer discussions. I think this system would also help regulate the creation of non-quality discussions and would emphasize the need for good quality discussions in order to get more replies and respondents.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
23 Feb 10
They stay up longer than twenty four hours as long as a sufficient amount of responses are given to those discussions...consistently over the next few days. I've seen discussions stay on the ten main pages for four days straight before. It's just that...that's one discussion out of ten pages, or a couple out of ten pages, and you'd sortof have to go through them all in order to find them again.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
23 Feb 10
Mhhmmm, the fact that it is SO hard to find specific discussions without having a pretty good quote to search for on the myLot search is a huge part of the problem. There have been a couple discussions so far that I actually decided to wait on and respond later, and for one it took me about 5 minutes to find it again which is a lot, most people won't put in that much effort to have a discussion, and the other one I just couldn't find at all.
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• United States
23 Feb 10
well...once you've already responded to the good discussions, you can always refind them o_o so it's not really hard to find the specific discussions, really. Also, I think it's good that, while they remain on the top ten pages...they're put on random...so they show up randomly on the various pages...in the top ten.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
23 Feb 10
really? hmm that is good! but I gotta admit, I don't tend to check out anything passed the first and occasionally second page. I don't think many people do either. So the fact that it randomly shuffles does help a lot! And good news! I saw this discussion on the first page of the top 10! And people, please feel free to post any suggestions to a solution to this problem! Thanks!
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@owlwings (37683)
• Cambridge, England
22 Feb 10
If you want to keep a discussion available for longer, you need to make responses or comments on the responses. The discussions with the most recent activity (responses and comments) appear in the list of 'Recent' discussions. The other way is to have a good list of friends who are interested in the topics you want to discuss and will tend to give good responses. People can find their friends' discussions either in their profiles or on the 'friends started' tab. Be selective about your choice of friends. Invite those who tend to give good responses on topics on which you share an interest.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
22 Feb 10
True, however myLot is a HUGE community at this point, and newer discussions appear every minute or two. So it's still really hard for someone to keep their discussion at the top. For example, when I go offline and stop responding here, this discussion will probably disappear pretty quickly. Friends do definitely help though, that's true. I still think there needs to be a better way though :/
• Philippines
22 Feb 10
I agree with you on this, Owlwings. But I've noticed that even replying to responses doesn't always keep the discussion alive because the people you reply to seldom reply back. I guess this is because not all MyLot members check on past discussions they've responded to for replies. I do hope MyLot comes up with a system that can address this problem.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
22 Feb 10
If you check my response to PocketRocketsAA below it suggests a notification system to help fix this.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
23 Feb 10
That why its important to put a tag on it. To make it easier to find when we do some searching. Because everyday theirs so many new post its hard to tract old ones. And to give way for new ones they archive our thread. But if you have followers its easy just turn on your email. And you receive email every time theirs a new response in your thread.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
23 Feb 10
Which, with a couple good discussions, can quickly turn to spam. Do you know if there's anyway to add tags after the original post? I can't find any link anywhere or option to add tags again. I could definitely improve the tags I have for this discussion now, but I can't find a way to do it. This could be another improvement myLot makes! haha.
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@zzyw87 (1260)
• Philippines
23 Feb 10
Yes. Discussions seem to disappear after 1 to 2 days. Sometimes though, the discussions with the most comments are not the most interesting. Some are not even good enough to warrant them being in the "today's top" section. Because of the thousands of discussions in mylot, we really cannot keep track of all of them or maybe even just half.
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@brotha (228)
• United States
23 Feb 10
Maybe a new rating system should be set in place? Top rated discussions should get a tab or influence the top ten pages. I'd prefer if it just had an influence in some formula, like a good rating is the equivalent of another post or two... The fewer tabs the better, there are way too many as is and spread out they don't individually get as much myLot traffic as they could.
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@tiar19 (81)
• Indonesia
22 Feb 10
ithink tahts normal in every discussion on a forum , where alot of participation from its member both in giving an opinion or a new posting so tthis is always happening
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@brotha (228)
• United States
22 Feb 10
It could be fixed though. Without repeatedly checking up on a discussion it's hard to actually 'keep it going' People don't like spending extra time to get things done, so make it easier! :p
@figjam00 (1450)
• India
22 Feb 10
Mylot is full of discussions and as a result any discussion gets old pretty fast. But I have observed that most of the discussions in the mylot are not worth getting in depth. But yes there are some which can be analyzed in detail. I think mylot should add an feature that puts worthwhile discussions in one place.
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@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
22 Feb 10
The best discussions are placed under hot and today's top but 9 out of 10 times I absolutely don't agree with the choices. I have heard that when a few people react with a big heap of text your discussion has a big chance of appearing there but who says that a discussion with a heap of text is a discussion worth putting in the spot lights?
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Your discussion will always appear when there are lots of responses every now and then. And if a topic is really interesting there are lots of people who will response and once it will be responded, it will appear again. I think mylot has keep up all good discussions, you can find it in the Top Discussion of the Day. If you are going to read the FAQ you will learn a lot of things specially if you are new here.
• United States
22 Feb 10
I was on mylot years ago, all the time they said they were going to make things better and easier, etc. Don't hold your breath. Just enjoy. This isn't a place to make alot of money. The best thing I did in the past was make friends on mylot. If you are looking for more, mylot isn't going to give it you.
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@dorothy09 (1520)
• Philippines
22 Feb 10
hi there, when you go less number of responses your discussion will definitely disappear in your homepage, but if you have good discussion and have a great nubmer of response. you will not disappear and will be placed in top. the challenge is to get more responses thus making quality and good discussions.. there are lot of discussion that you can participate here.. enjoy...
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
22 Feb 10
Hello, and welcome to MyLot. Each time a discussion gets a response, it rises to the top of the list again, even after a year or more, so discussions don't just disappear without trace. You can always use the search facility to find discussions again, and you should certainly use it to check before starting new discussions to make sure there is not already one similar to the one you wish to post. Duplicate discussions are deleted, so it's not a good idea to restart one.
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@mysdianait (63942)
• Italy
22 Feb 10
Oh my goodness! No-one has mentioned the 'similar discussions' list on the right --- of every discussion that is open. Discussions do not disappear if they have the correct tags and if the user who posted them goes back and keeps the comments updated. Every time that a discussion receives activity of any kind then it goes to the TOP of that list. This is where tagging is important. There are many of us who have discussions that were posted originally over a year ago but they keep appearing there because we go and revive them. Then newer users who did not see them first time round get a chance to respond on them too. There are so many tabs here on myLot and not only 'top', 'hot' and 'recent' which should be explored. When we add friends they have a profile and thyere we can find a complete list of their discussions which never get buried if we have time to look for them too.
@tiar19 (81)
• Indonesia
22 Feb 10
i agree too many tabs make me confused. i've followed a discussion forum. where adiscussion on a particular interest will always be at the top of the interest if anyone responds. if no one responding to the discussion will be drowned. that will be known to be a discussion the most demand
@mysdianait (63942)
• Italy
22 Feb 10
Discussions with the latest activity can be found in the 'recent' tab too.
@brotha (228)
• United States
23 Feb 10
True, and that is a system set in place that helps. But it is confusing with a lot of tabs, and there's no ignoring the fact that tons and tons of discussions DO just die out after a couple days. I'm honestly quite surprised, and happy, that this one has made it almost 24 hours now, but I can easily see it fading a way really soon. Also, for the tags to work, not only I, but others have to also use proper tags, and I've seen lots of inaccurate tags on good discussions. I realize no discussion gets deleted really unless there's a terms and conditions violation, but they're hard to find after a short period of time. All I'm asking is that discussions with potential that show a lot of quality response initially should be given more of a chance to survive and expand than those that are clearly dull and uninteresting.
@Hatley (152027)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Feb 10
hi brotha but you can go into people's profiles and bring up their older discussions. I have made a lot and find some of my really old' discussions have had people respond to them lately so I don't know if they were just looking them up from my profile or what. but thats one way of finding older discussions. some of my earlier ones I feel could really be deleted as they evidently were not interesting for whatever reason. I never had a discussion that did not get a few responses./em]
@brotha (228)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Really? Probably because they saw some of your activity then. I've noticed that my friends activities stay on my news feed much MUCH longer than discussions. I guess they accessed it through that. But there is no denying that some very interesting discussions disappear very quickly without getting the attentions they deserve!