Responding to a discussion...BE CAREFUL..!!!

@sagnik42 (3598)
India
December 17, 2010 10:13am CST
Here I was, checking my old discussions and suddenly in a discussion I found the same member posting twice. The funny thing is, the member has posted again after 6 months of the first response... Here is the link to the discussion..check the 6th and 9th response. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2178147.aspx You know, it is really difficult to check whether you have actually responded to a discussion or not. Sure, we can use the "discussions I have replied to" link, but after a while it is hard to keep tabs on them, don't you think?? Are you okay, if you respond more than once in a particular discussion?? If it happens too often, maybe mylot will delete your account... I think it is best if you do not respond to old discussions, which have more than 2 pages of responses...
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
17 Dec 10
There is a Lotter who has responded more than once on several of my discussions. This is because some of my old ones keep coming back to life. They see them and respond, forgetting that they had already responded on one of the previous pages Is there anything wrong with responding twice? Especially if the user is consistent and responds in thw same manner as the first time when responding again?
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
17 Dec 10
Blank? Meaning that you have no say on the matter?
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
17 Dec 10
As long as you think that you are going to feel something, you can do it as often as you like from what I understand.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Dec 10
and I want to know is it not in the info that we should not dredge up a user name in a discussion and sort of poke fun at that person for a honest boo boo. twice I have inadvertently responded to a discussion,I did not go around memorizing something I wrote many years ago. I feel that singling out the poor guy who posted twice is itself breaking a mylot rule. He did not do anything wrong.If mylot admins had thought I did something wrong with my two goofs I would not be here now. leave the poor man alone.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Dec 10
sagnik the poor guy probably did not remember posting the first time as that was so far apart, I think a l ot of us have goofe that way so why chastize him for an error anyone could make. and no mylot admins are not that mean you will not get anything deleted for an honest mistake. I often respond to old discussions as there is no law against it. I dont think its funny as much as just damned human and I think it is rather mean of yo u to put this person on the spot and go to all the trouble of pointing him ou t like hes some sort of freak.If this was such a horrible bad thing to do my lot would have made mention of it in the rules. Mylot is more accepting than you seem to be.Mylot has not deleted my account and I have boobooed like that twice too. I would be very angry if you had dredged up my booboo and shown my user name like thatreally one of the rules in mylot rules is do not refer to us by user names like that. You are singling out someone to poke fun at him and to me thats just not kosher.
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@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
17 Dec 10
Oh, no... If it seems like that, then I am sorry...I did point him out, but I wasn't trying to make fun of him. It is very genuine mistake and many person can do that. Maybe even I have done it and do not know about it. I was trying to let people know that things like these can happen. And I was a bit worried that if this keeps happening, on more than one discussion, then maybe mylot can ban us. But Lamb pointed out that there is nothing in the FAQs or guidelines about this. As long as the post is not copied, we are fine. So, that is a relief for me. Hope you understand my intentions.
@sunnycool (12737)
• India
18 Dec 10
Its quiet rare that i respond to discussions which are way older than our friendship There shouldn't be any problem for someone like ME who is choosy when it comes to responding though. btw i can imagine my life without computer
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
I know you can imagine your life without a computer. You can live without it. Although I cant. Well, our friendship is quite old... so within that span of time, there are loads of discussions for you to choose from. You hardly need to look beyond...
@sunnycool (12737)
• India
19 Dec 10
"I know you can imagine your life without a computer" ---- coz i can hop onto my laptop with no second thoughts Its over a year since we met right
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
20 Dec 10
Ya...I think so...didn't get to celebrate our anniversary though...
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 10
Hi there! Thanks for the heads up. For me, I usually answer as soon as possible. Once I have answered, I will place it as read message in eail. Normally I can recall what I have replied but yes, human error could happen. Thanks again!
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
17 Dec 10
Hi Nic, If you just respond to discussions in your mail, there isn't much room for error. But when you respond to discussions which are not in the mail, that is, not your friend's, then it is difficult to keep trace. That was a honest human mistake and can happen to anyone. But it is weird when it happens, isn't it?
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 10
Indeed! However, I have not much done such mistake yet (yes lucky me) as I am very choosy when replying. I only reply to topics I like :) Haha! Normally, I try not to 'revive' the topic which last responded like 48 hours or longer...
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
I used to search for old discussions...but not anymore. I hardly have the time to do anything in mylot... What ever time I get, I use it in posting in current discussions. Nice to know, you have rules about not responding in a discussion which has not been active for more than 48 hours...
@Zaquas (21)
• Spain
17 Dec 10
Thanks for your contribution and advise, I will be careful about that, because it can be an human error, like you say ;). How many fails do a account need to be banned? (your opinion)
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
17 Dec 10
Admin responded on the first page. If you read previous responses you would have known what he said on this matter.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Zaquas, We won't be banned for multiple responses in a single discussion. The admin clarified that part. That was what I was worried about, but now I am relieved.
@GoAskAlice (4315)
• United States
17 Dec 10
There is nothing wrong with posting two responses to a discussion, or 5 or even 20. As long as each response contributes something to the discussion.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Thank you for clarifying this, Alice. That was what I was concerned about. It was nice to see you again. I thought you weren't active anymore. Haven't seen you for some time. @ lamb, you will always have backup in here.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I chime in when I can.
@ritwick (190)
• India
18 Dec 10
hey sagnik, guess you're from india.i live in kolkata. Now as for your discussion you know how slow internet speeds are somewhere. It also happens sometimes to me that i post a response or start a discussion and mylot shows some errors and when i post it again, after a few minutes i notice that my response have been doubled. Not intentional. So i guess it doesn't matter if it's not intentional.
@dollar3235 (2063)
• India
18 Dec 10
I read the discussion, the admin has already confirmed that it is not wrong. However, as a human being we know that had nothing to do with the discussion or interest, it was for earning one cent, that's it. Also, I would say, it was quite funny, instead of replying to new topics, that user chose an older discussion. However, I would request you to reply to that response to make the discussion look genuine. Thanks for sharing this incidence!
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi dollar, I am quite sure, he did not mean to respond twice. I thought it was a mistake. Most probably he had forgotten that he had already responded to that discussion. After all it was 6 months ago. Thank you for the response.
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
18 Dec 10
I have checked the link and seems like the responder did not realise that he was posting his second response to the discussion. I always do scroll down and check if I have already replied the discussion or not if it is more than a few days already. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi kodu, I try to check discussions as well. I read other members' responses before posting mine. So I guess I have not made such a mistake. It is a good habit to check the other posts before responding. Thank you for the response.
@celticeagle (118254)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Dec 10
I have seen a couple of people that post twice. (Technical difficulities where the same response is on twice, one right after another.) And if it is was six months after you saw the first response maybe they had thought of something new to add to the discussion or had forgotten they had ever responded in the first place. It does get alittle difficult to keep tabs on our responses after a while. But, you know what does really help on here? That is when people don't nit pick and find all the little things to grump about and just find some imaginative things to discuss.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi celtice, I made a mistake of pointing out the member. It was not meant for fun. I just posted the link so people will understand the kind of mistake I was talking about. I was concerned of getting banned if the mistakes occurred a few times. It was a mistake on his part. And now I know, that we are free to post more than once in the same discussion. You are right. If we want to add something to our responses after sometime, we can always respond again. Thank you for the response.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
18 Dec 10
Hopefully this is something that I have never done before, but after being a member of the site for almost two years now, it is hard to tell. For all I know I have posted the same discussion myself twice! Sometimes I like to respond to old discussions, and I do not think that not responding to discussions mor e than two years old is a good idea. If it is something that you want to respond to, then do so freelt.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Erik, I am also guilty of posting the same discussion twice. But that was a server problem. It is nice to revive an old discussion. It breaths new life to the discussion and maybe help it get even more responses.
• Canada
17 Dec 10
I might answer to the same discussion twice. It would be an honest mistake. I can only hope that if I ever do, that I answer the same haha. Maybe he did hoping he'd get a "BEST RESPONSE"....Ive noticed you didnt pick anyone as a BR still as of yet......!!!! It wouldnt bother me if someone were to answer more than once to my discussions. Sometimes you feel like you want to add something......it IS a discussion after all, so why not.......but I can understand those who might not like it.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Bubbles, I do not think he was looking for the best response. My guess is, he made a mistake. Glad to know you do not have any problems with multiple responses from the same member.I do not have any problem with it as well. All I was concerned about was whether we could get banned for this. Thanks to the admin it is clear to me now. Thank you for the response.
• United States
17 Dec 10
I see where Alice/Alex/Admin explained it was okay. Well I would not have knownn this had you not started the discussion. I see where others posted the singling out of a member, I am sure it was not intentional but hey we all learn something daily. So thanks for putting forth the discussion as I really never gave it thought before, outside of really searching the pages to make sure I did not respond before. Thanks
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Gurl, It was so nice of Alice to explain it. It sorted out the confusion I had about this. I do feel sorry about pointing the member out. I didn't think of it that way. Others made me realise my own mistake and it was very kind of them.
@GardenGerty (99286)
• United States
17 Dec 10
If you rate a discussion the first time you respond, you can just look, see that you have already rated it, and go on, UNLESS of course you have something else to say. Then it might be that you want to reply again, or comment. I do not think that is against the guidelines at all and would be very surprised to see things deleted for that reason, unless you are just copy/pasting the same response over and over. I do not mind if someone responds to my old discussions, that gives me someone else to interact with.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Garden, Rating discussions is a great way to mark the discussions already read and responded. Many members use it very effectively. I do rate discussions but sometimes forget to do that. Posting more than once is not against the guidelines at all. Mylot has sorted that out. Maybe I will respond to your old discussions, since you like to interact. I like interacting with members in mylot.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Well me I mostly respond to new discussions I hardly ever go back and respond to old discussions, well just sometimes, but not so much so I pretty much won't make that mistake, but I am pretty sure that person didn't mean too. It was a honest mistake really.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Anime, It was indeed an honest mistake. I know he wouldn't have responded if he had known that he had posted already. Sometimes it is nice to go back to the old discussions though. There have been some pretty interesting discussions in the past and it is nice to respond to them. Thank you for the response.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 10
I had to go look just in case it was me. :D Seriously, I don't check to see if I responded to something before. If I see it, I don't remember it, and I have something to say about it, I respond. Doesn't happen often, but it happens.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Dawn, That is a good way to do things. And mylot doesn't have a problem with that. So you can respond as many times as you want... Well, you know these things already, don't you?
@akp100 (13328)
• India
17 Dec 10
what were you doing in 1 year old discussion.. Well it is the problem when we found so old discussion to reply.. I was trying to search some topic of my interest before a week.. And i found one topic to reply but after seeing its second page i saw my own response with my old account.. Otherwise i had reply it again.. But as admin has cleared its not a problem then i guess i should have find that discussion again..
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Anand, It was bit surprising to see Alice in my discussion. Haven't seen her since I came back to mylot. I thought she wasn't active. Do find that discussion and respond. You are a different member now...
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 10
I did that once and only realized it when the OP pm me to inform me that I have responded to his discussion twice. I responded on different dates and luckily my responses were not contradicting otherwise it will cause me further embarrassment.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
18 Dec 10
Hi Zandi, Well, contradicting posts in a short span of time can be a bit embarrassing. However, over time, our outlooks change and one can post completely different things in the same discussion. There is nothing wrong with that. And, admin has clarified that we can respond more than once if we want to. So no problems there.
• India
11 Jan 11
Generally I used to post for old discussion, because in that case, the chance of deletion of the posting will be less. So whenever I am opening any of the discussions, I see the whole page if I have already replied to the post or not. If the page number is more than one, generally I bypass it. Yes..even I also think that number of times if we will do the mistake of duplicate replies, then our account will be deleted.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
31 Dec 10
This had happened to me before. Hopefully, only once because Im only aware of one discussion.LOL I made the mistake of keeping the discussion notification in my mail. This is how I respond to discussions. Before, I would read a notification, see if I can respond and then move on. Sometimes I forget which notifications are done so there are times when I read the notification again. There are those instances when I feel that Ive responded to a discussion already, so I check by using the search bar in the myLot site. I see if Ive already responded to it then delete the email. However, this particular discussion is very interesting to me that I responded to it. I was responder no.200+ but I read all responses because I wanted to know what others thought. Imagine my surprise when I saw my name on a response around response #150+. I read it again and saw that I still had the same views as before. I just commented on my latest response and inform everybody of my mistake. I guess things like that just happen. Im just glad that at this point in time, Ive acquired the habit of deleting notifications once I respond to it or read it. Happy New Year!^_^