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@twoey68 (13651)
United States
March 18, 2010 10:37am CST
Ok, I’ve come across something that has me really confused. In several recent discussions, I’ve seen where ppl respond and the response has absolutely nothing to do with the topic…not even close to it. I don’t mind if ppl get a little off topic, heck I do it all the time but to respond with something that has no connection, that doesn’t make sense. Here’s an example…let’s say you do a discussion on trains…I come in and respond with why I don’t celebrate Easter. No connection whatsoever. I don’t get it. What do you do? Do you ignore it and move on? Report it and ask admin to delete the response? And why would someone do that? Any clues? [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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41 responses
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Mar 10
hi twoey When people respond to any of my discussions with something completely unrelated to my topic, I will gently ask if they read the discussion as your response doesn't show that. I think at times we use a title that throws people off just to get people interested but they respond to the title not our discussions. I have got a little off the subject myself at times but still in my response I show why i included the off subject along with my response to the discussion. I would never ask my lot to delete it though, that's just mean, as perhaps the person is trying to respond to several at once, and got confused with the topics and posted the wrong response to the wrong discussion. with firefox mozilla you can have a number of tabs open at the same time. In other words you could be responding to several at one time.
• Indonesia
18 Mar 10
yeah I like it,
@BarBaraPrz (19585)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
18 Mar 10
Off topic here... Hatley why do so many of your smilies end up inside words? (It's something I've been meaning to ask you and what better place than inside a discussion about inappropriate responses to discussions? )
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• Canada
18 Mar 10
Good question, and completely off topic! Way to go BarbBaraPrz!Hehehe just kidding ... or am I?!?
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
18 Mar 10
I've really been noticing that a lot lately too and I don't know if it's a language barrier, just not paying attention or if it's people just hammering out whatever to get their pennies. A while ago I started a discussion about people excessively talking about their personal lives and I used the term 'dirty laundry' in the title. Somehow I wasn't surprised when I received more than one response yammering on about literal dirty laundry. People will also just read the title of a discussion and not the body which really bugs me. If it's ridiculous enough then I'll report it but for the most part I just leave a comment saying 'this has nothing to do with the discussion' or I'll ignore it altogether.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
29 Mar 10
I have seen it...I tend to ignore it. I dont know why someone would do it on purpose....however i have had it happen (and noticed it) that a post or a photo i posted while having multiple tabs of mylot open in firefox has posted to a totally different discussion than the one i was trying to answer.
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@sacmom (14316)
• United States
11 Apr 10
I've had both of those things happen to me before too. Sometimes it's an error on my part, other times it's a computer error...especially when it comes to uploading photos. No matter how careful I am it still happens from time to time, but at least it doesn't happen very often. Either way I make sure to apologize, so that the poster will know that it wasn't done intentionally. Happy mylotting!
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@mimama5 (28)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I think that if it is something completely off the subject and you want to bring up something completely different start a new discussion. If its something that you want to respond to respond to, at least stick around the basics of the topic.
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
18 Mar 10
I just ignore those and move on. Don't think it is worth reporting to admins as it really is not inappropriate, just dumb. Some people just don't pay attention and some just try to get that penny. Don't fret about it, just ignore them as they don't warrant your attention.
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
18 Mar 10
Well, I am pretty new here and have been fortunate enough, not to have encountered any such thing yet. But if I ever came across one, I would first go through the site's policy about this issue and would act according to that... I wonder, who would be doing this? Deviating a little from the original topic is quite okay, but to change it completely is not good... Happy myLotting!
• United States
18 Mar 10
I usually put a few ????s and a duh!...say what??? and then move on. I may give a (-) rating but never report anything like that.
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@dorypanda (1584)
18 Mar 10
I've noticed that happening occasionally. I'll normally ask the person what the relevance is, sometimes they're respond, telling me how it's relevant and sometimes they'll ignore me completely. I tend to rate them with a negative rating though.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 10
I responded to one discussion lately and someone budge in and wrote something that has totally has no connection to the subject. Either she didn't understand the subject or wrongly put her response in my space. I didn't say anything and neither did the original poster replied her. No I didn't make a report to admin.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Mar 10
There is one person on here who responds with something relevant to the topic, but doesn't even come close to addressing the question that is being asked. I just ignore her. But in general, if it's somebody I don't know or if it's somebody I do know and they're just off topic, I generally just say that I don't think they quite got the point and that the point is "this"...
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Mar 10
OH and I also wanted to say that the person I was referring to isn't a native speaker of English. I'm not sure if the language is the problem or if she's just posting words that are kinda sorta relevant in order to get paid.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
19 Mar 10
i love my car!
@laglen (19782)
• United States
19 Mar 10
sorry, couldnt resist. Yes I have had this happen. I just ignore them and move on. I figure it s in the translation
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
12 Dec 10
Hi dear. I have seen this happen to friends, to other people and of course to myself. One guy started 2 topics in my "personal" interest topic called elitess, like my user name, and he was talking about the elite society I have received answers from people that only read the title and maybe first line in my topic, and were off topic, but i just moved on, i guess there are some people so desperate about money that they would do anything for a few cents... hence trolling I, for one, prefer not answering at the moment even if i read the topic, if nothing intelligent comes to mind, and come back another time. Best wishes, Alex.
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I am not sure why peolpe do this. when I anser a post I stay close to the topic as much as possible. if some does not responed in the right way on a topic I have stated. I simply ingore at and move on. Howver I do not thing I have had this problem.
@sacmom (14316)
• United States
11 Apr 10
Hi twoey. I hate to say it, but I usually just ignore it and move on...unless of course the response was downright rude and uncalled for. Then I might just say something to them and/or to admin. As for the reasons behind it, it's probably just to earn a quick penny or 2. Happy mylotting!
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
25 Mar 10
I haven't seen this happen firsthand, but I'm not surprised that it does happen. Thankfully, I've never had to deal with this on any of my discussions. All I could think of first off when I read your discussion is that because of people doing this, MyLot is going to make more rules and more restrictions that will make it less fun for people all because individuals are deciding to respond with things that have nothing to do with the discussion. It also isn't fair to the person who posted the discussion. Obviously, the topic they post is of interest to them, and to get some off-the-wall response would be a waste of their time because it has absolutely nothing to do with what they posted. I don't think it's right. Perhaps MyLot admin will be looking for these kinds of responses now. I don't know how they would monitor something like this, but it's not fair for anyone but the responder to have repercussions, in my opinion, because they are the ones wasting their time and everyone else's. That's just it - MyLot was set up to be used a certain way, but someone comes along to ruin it for everyone else. That's the way things go, unfortunately. "Such is life!" Thanks for posting and making us more aware of what's going on. Best wishes!
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
22 Mar 10
Spammers? That's my first assumption. It's quite possible, however unlikely, that there's just some disturbed folk spouting there honest to goodness opinion in a fashion that makes perfect sense to them but not the rest of us--I like acorns. But it's really hard to say why people would arbitrarily insert statements that have nothing to do with the topic at hand. Oh, look a choo-choo! Personally, I wouldn't worry about it so much. Probably just folks who are A)spamming and will eventually be caught or B) those whose English is rather poor who may very well be caught for spamming as well. I told him only when the moon was out should he take the north road. If it gives you some satisfaction, go ahead and report them, I suppose, if it's really an issue, but keep in mind mylot staff probably has to deal with hundreds or thousands of issues/complaints/concerns/violations per day. Bark! Is my face on correctly? Again, I just wouldn't worry about those random, irrelevant sentences, myself, unless you catch an individual or group going out of their way to spam--but that's just me. Why a spoon?
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Mar 10
I am a bit late responding but here goes; I think it depends whether it appears the person has misunderstood what the discussion is about or whether the person is being an idiot, a troll or both; you can usually tell, a while ago I came across a troll that would go around putting completely irrelevant answers on discussions and of course he was duly reported and I haven’t seen him around since. If the responder has just not understood the topic I feel inclined to politely set them straight.
• United States
20 Mar 10
Maybe, they are not reading the whole article. They just skim it and then start on a subject that they already wanted to talk about. Or, maybe they don't know how to go about starting their own subject. I think they should not get any point or money for not answering the subject right. *Peace and Love get's you through everything in Life*
• Singapore
20 Mar 10
I have seen that before too, and it can be rather puzzling at times. I usually laugh to myself. My opinion is that perhaps the person responding to a query may be in another frame of mind. Or the discussion may have triggered another thought which may not be apparent to the reader(s). Since most logical answers stem from some kind of experience or exposures in life, As a benefit of doubt, another suggestion here could be good to just ask the responder to "elaborate" his or her answers, who knows, it may lead to another treasure of information. Just a thought. What you think?
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
19 Mar 10
It might be because they just want to make quick replies to get their penny and don't actually read the discussions but just pick some at random. Or perhaps they had two windows open and confused the train one with the Easter one?