back and forth: "discussion you responded to was deleted"

India
June 12, 2012 1:47pm CST
The subject of this discussion pretty much describes the whole thing I have to say , I responded to a discussion , It was some thing about: "if you were granted a super power just one what would it be? " Seemed alright , got a lot of responses and good ones too , two of them were mine and they were deleted because this discussion was deleted. I didn't get, it seemed like the discussion was in-sync with all the rules, and it was descriptive enough . Now if I had created that i would have been told why it was deleted but since I didn't, I was not told what exactly was wrong with this discussion . So I was wondering if anyone can figure out the reason from the brief info I provided above. How does the deletion of a discussion affect the points of the poster of the discussion and the people who responded to it ? (I noticed that my points were decreased by two after I the deletion) How do the myLot reputation star points(out of 100) of the people involved in the discussion affected? and finally, Has that ever happened to any of the readers of this discussion?
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7 responses
@owlwings (39596)
• Cambridge, England
12 Jun 12
My guess is that it may have been for one or both of two reasons: 1) It is quite a common and frequent question ('duplicate topic') 2) It was a "poll type" question (one which can be answered in just a few words). Anything which merely asks "What is your favourite ...", "If you could choose just one ..." or anything like that is liable to be a 'poll type' discussion. If you responded to the discussion, your User Rating should have decreased by one (and any earnings allocated to that response would be returned to the pool). It's possible that you also commented on someone else's response in that discussion (which may have earned the other User Rating 'point') but it's also possible that another discussion you were involved in was deleted. Because the violation was not yours (you simply responded to the discussion), your MyLot Reputation ('star' value, when you see it, which will be when you reach a User Rating of 100) is not affected at all. "Poll type" discussions are very often difficult to decide upon - even our Admin, GoAskAlice, sometimes has difficulty deciding but his decision is usually final. See the discussion - and his response - here: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2508999.aspx?p=1 You can see that is important for EVERYONE to understand the Guidelines, whether they start discussions or respond to them, because when posts are deleted EVERYONE has wasted their own (and possibly someone else's) time. Certain things we can only learn by experience, so it's best, especially at first, to regard Notifications with equinamity, to try to understand the reason and to see it as a 'learning curve'.
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• India
13 Jun 12
As I said I posted two responses, one was to the discussion and the other one wasn't exactly a response more of a comment on other response . As for the discussion : It's more likely that it fell into the common or frequent category and not the poll type category . I was wondering if it was deleted just by looking at the subject and not the description , and hence could have been deleted for being poll type. But I think the administrator would have taken into account the number of descriptive responses and the fact that the discussion itself had a detailed enough to generate such responses instead of one word/sentence responses . After taking a look at the the discussion I'm more sure of it as the poster of the discussion, gave some examples to ask her if they'd get deleted or not and he/she said they won't . So now I'm more sure about it being a repeated subject rather than being a poll type . I was actually concerned about this because I saw in some other discussion that I'll get my reputation star at 100 points , since I'm about to reach that checkpoint, that was going to be the only question. But just as I started all of that started coming to my mind and I couldn't help but add them to the description. I always have trouble sticking to a word limit , I know there is no actual word limit but I believe if the post is short more people are encouraged to respond to it.
• India
13 Jun 12
Well as it turns out bluedoll had posted the exact same discussion a while back she/he said that in her/his response , scroll down to take a look at it. I said "she/he" instead of "he/she" because someone with name like that is most likely to be a girl.
@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
23 Jun 12
I've been here a week and have had many notifications of peoples posts being deleted. One of mine also got delteted because in my very last sentence because I forgot I wrote the word recipe and for that they deleted the whole discussion. I didn't write one I was actually asking a cooking question but they deleted it anyway :( There are some don'ts here on MyLot that are unusual to me so even though I read the terms and FAQ's it's easy to forget some of them. They don't seem to like poll questions if the person had re worded it then it might have been OK.
@Devilova (5396)
• Indonesia
13 Jun 12
For me, its more like a milestone discussion rather then a poll type discussion. Since you aren't the creator of the post, Mylot didn't tell you the reason on the notification email.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jun 12
Hi billutheguy, I have had a response of mine because the discussion was deleted..I try to pick and chose what post i respond to but its not always that it going to go through without deletion. When its deleted I just keep going on... I personally am not going to try to second guest as to why... but thats just me...I know a lot of people want to know all the details as to why...
• India
12 Jun 12
I wanted to know the reason for its deletion because if I knew that something was wrong with it I wouldn't have responded to it , and that's what every body does before responding to discussion If it seems to be against the rules we report it with a short response without wasting much time on it , If I knew what was wrong with it would add to my knowledge of the kind of discussions I'm supposed to avoid.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jun 12
I definately understand like I previously stated...But I would never report anyone here...the administers have a job to delete or approve post...I would never take it upon myself to report anyone..I believe in the freedom of speech and if its not permitted I will not be the one to report it... unless there is something blatantly outrageous... I just want to continue to do what is right as fsr as following the rules and respect everyone...reporting others is not what I am about, but this is just me.... enjoy your evening!!!!!
• India
12 Jun 12
It was actually 4 am when you posted that . Well I was not talking about reporting and if we were I am the same as you on that I don't report people for two reasons: I am not always sure what's against the rules and secondly I don't feel right doing that because obviously make him/her feel bad when he/she finds out that his/her account has been terminated . I realize that many may frown upon that but its not like if I don't no one else will so why should I get my hands dirty by making someones day suck.
@Bluedoll (17055)
• Canada
12 Jun 12
Hi there billutheguy Yes it happened to me too and I posted a discussion about it like you did its in my profile and I was so glad I did too because I got such good responses from people which was very supportive. I know it sometimes makes you wonder but lossing a few discussions is a fact of life here. I'm just glad it happens even though it can be painful because it just goes to show people care here and the site is maintained well. Good for everyone it is too. Hang in there, things will only get better.
• India
13 Jun 12
I'm not feeling bad because of it I just was curious that's all. I was curious if someone would be able to predict the cause of the deletion and that was done with the help of owlwings . Now your response has made it clearer and it wasn't my discussion I just posted two responses to it, hence the two point penalty, well not really a penalty more of a nullification.
@Bluedoll (17055)
• Canada
16 Jun 12
That is the way I look at it too. This discussion will most likely stay like a journal entry, a marker in time about a question being answered. How we use this discussion later on I suppose may occur again, like making reference to it as a reminder of an event that took place. I mean continuing the discussion again may or may not occur but it is here for that purpose if called on. But discussions that go by the wayside as being 'nullified' don’t have much value that way, also don’t have value in terms of rewards either. It is like lost money I suppose.
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@Hatley (164524)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Jun 12
simple billutheguy You polled your audience by the title and a polling discussion just gets deleted.You needed to make a different title and explain how a super power would be for you then ask our take on your own feelings.all they had to do was read the question that took a poll of all readers, you cannot make a discussion from a poll, it has to have a way for u s to discuss an issue. reread the guidelines again. brom hatley
• India
19 Jun 12
for the last time I didn't create the discussion , I responded to it . and the matter has been resolved , bluedoll had posted the exact same discussion a while back. I think I made the situation clear in the description of this discussion and some of the comments on some of the responses and if it was my discussion I would've been told about it in an email notification , I've said it several times and now for the last time, my responses were deleted and I was given the reason of their deletion as the deletion of the discussion they were posted under.
• Indonesia
12 Jun 12
"if you granted a super power" itought itt was about poll, and it was not alowed in my lot, and your reputation will deleted that come for that source, even your earning from this will get deleted too.