Does mylot need to rethink it's guidelines?

i don't like change! - dfgjo 8u0 grsy s-9g
@ajk111 (2527)
August 24, 2012 6:04pm CST
It must be nearly six years ago i originally joined mylot. (under a different name, relocation, loss of internet being some of the reasons i rejoined) Back then mylot was a thriving comunity. Good fun, good laughs. this still resides today but in a much more limited capacity. There is much less traffic now, a lot of the loyal members have vanished, transdisc, jimbo and xboxboy to name but a few. Has mylots rules become old hat? Should some of the rules be slackened to keep it alive? For example when you posted a discussion on the "NEW" tab you would be lucky if it appeared for more than five minutes, now you can go an hour between top and bottom discussion on the front page. Also replies to discussions could go close to 100, nowadays 20 is good. Are the guidelines too strict? Or are othe factors coming into play?
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@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
24 Aug 12
There is a piece missing in your phrase which should read 'a lot of loyal members vanished because they got themselves banned' when you rfer to those that you mention. Some of those returned, as you well know There might well be a lot less traffic now but if there was more and it is not up to the standard that myLot require then what would be the point? If myLot is to remain online and paying then there has to be Guidelines and the fact that there is an admin here pratically daily, dealing with the violations, is proof of that. The fact that an hour might pass before a new topic receives activity is also due to the fact that a) too many users are convinced that they must start their own new topics rather than participate on those started by others and b) because to participate on new topics they have to read it first and many of them have no time to read these days. That is obvious by so many either irrelevant responses or responses saying exactly the same as previous ones, or saying that they have no idea about the topic when a previous response has already given an explanation. The fact that there are fewer responses is due to the same reason too, too many don't want to read what others have said and to do so they would have to plough through apges of responses. That is hard work and/or, in their opinion, a waste of time. The guidelines are not too strict. They need to be strict or myLot will be filled with garbage (some of the topics from years ago are exactly that and still get removed even now). It is the attitude and comprehension of what myLot is for that users, especially the new ones, need to appreciate. There are too many using text/chat language or posting one liners like they would on Facebook. Indeed many of them think that it is just another Facebook as can be seen by so many comparing the rating system to the 'like' buttons there or starting topics asking for a chat feature or whatever else "like Facebook". In my opinion it is still a thriving community and it will be so for a long time to come if things don't change It is, thank goodness, no longer a place for trolls and if you are hoping to see them back then I am hoping that myLot will continue to see to it that you will be disappointed. There are many other sites where they can go and play but not here!
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@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
25 Aug 12
You went through those week-ends with a different viewpoint from mine and they cost me a lot. I am glad that they are gone as that is not my idea of fun at all. There are chat sites for that garbage I never understood why Jess vanished though
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
i am so glad you joined this discussion mysd, i hoped you would because i knew you would have valuble imput. Yes i do know that some have returned, better educated perhaps? but some like transdisc i am still oblivious to his dissappearence. and i am not defending some of the bannings, rather i am questionong if they were neccessary. i get your point regarding laziness to read discussions fully and this leads me on to remember the glory days of discussions like "what colour of socks do you wear?" and "coke V pepsi" but surely we still have the equivilent of those discussions as exemplified by the recent amount of discussions relating to the idiocy of quality discussions. i appreciate your reasoning for the lack of responses but forgive me if i disagree as i feel many on mylot now as years ago are here for the money rather than the 'banter' so many discussions should still be full of the 'golden' one sentence responces. I am saddened that you may think i am missing the trolls, on the contary, i miss the high volume of repartee and fun. i find mylot a much more serious place but still a place where friendships can be made, just not as many as previous days gone by.
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@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
25 Aug 12
@ ajk: You must be telepathic because I went to bed over two hours ago but for some reason (maybe because you posted this?) I woke up. When I wake I have to get up and, for some reason, I logged in again and found this. "Matured" might be a better way to describe one of them. Aware that, if they want to stay, then they have to abide by the house rules might be another reason too... but you will know better than me Bear in mind that in some parts it is still summer and that accounts for the absence of some of the 'banterers'. One, last time she posted, said that the sun takes priority over myLot and that might be the case for many but once they get their winter draws on then they will reappear! @ Mike. What happened on the trip that stopped her coming back here? Yes the yellow peril episode was entertaining indeed but, if another user was to appear and repeat the same things then the blue blight (lol) would not have the same patience as then. Times change and what was great fun once is not the same second time round, like a roller-coaster ride for example
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@loonys (418)
25 Aug 12
You been here longer than me...and I don't remember you?
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
I am a very forgettable guy.....ask my wife.
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@loonys (418)
25 Aug 12
..who?
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
25 Aug 12
Mrs. ajk111
@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
25 Aug 12
Great one! The problem here is that we have too many people who fail to understand what a discussion is. I fail to understand where the discussion lies when I post something like - I slept in the bedroom! kind of posts (and these stay on - despite them not being a discussion anywhere). As I have seen, the population explosion at MyLot has resulted in over-burden on the admin and even many have stopped complaining/reporting discussions (like me - I did 5 reports and none of them have been deleted). Even a few comments to me were not removed (like for one - I was called a "Hindu Hater" - this makes me loose faith and confidence, so if this continues, I am much better off sleeping or playing IGI on my PC). Seniors might say - I should PM GAA, but aint I supposed to be discussing more than interacting with GAA on removal or non removal? When you opt for quantity, quality has to fail as we are not doing a thorough Quality Control anywhere now due to lack of resources - manpower, time, or whatever else.
@Hatley (163938)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Aug 12
hi thesids ohI slept in the bedroom sounds like a very inane stab at a discussiomn. also I hate the what flavor of ice cream etc etc do you like and a lot of then break rules but are still here,that comment thesids should have been reported and deleted b by the admins.I just contact admins when I get insulted and so far they have deleted the insults.the sids we get slumps here then things get straightend out so do not lose hooe,.
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
thesids, i agree with your dischord, to be called a hinduhater is extrmely immature and it should have been removed immediately. and as you say, other discussions that are totally irrelivent to the guidelines remain. This is why i am fully in favour of having discussions in topic sections so that people are aware of what they are entering. to be fair, this is one of a very few changes i would make to mylot as in general it is mostly spot on.
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@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
25 Aug 12
@ajk: Once the rules are enforced in a stricter sense, I am sure many who have joined here with the sole aim of making money (as against making discussions) would leave and eventually, the population would be less, interactions healthier (like they used to be when I initially started here), not to mention discussions would be discussions. But I also look at it from the Admin/Webmasters views - and know such implementations will not be possible as the costs involved to run such a website and even maintain it are higher. So we do need quantity - so that adverts can be served and money can be made to keep it going.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Aug 12
Yes, alot of the members I enjoy interacting with on here are gone. Most have gone to Facebook and I am able to chat with them there. I don't think Mylot need to rething it's guidelines at all. For a bout a third of the problem is the type of person who becomes a member. They refuse to read the guidelines and invariably to their detrament. I think that Mylot has a certain expectation and that hasn't changed. I think as many adults as we have on here they should be able to conduct themselves in an adult manner and not go against the guidelines and have their profiles deleted or whatever. I have been here for over four years and have not had one problem. I think it has to do with the personality of alot of the members that is the biggest problem not the guidelines.
@ajk111 (2527)
24 Aug 12
i understand where you are going and agree to a large degree but people like transdisc were banished and to this day i know not why. a great loss.
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@celticeagle (115516)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Aug 12
I would wonder why it is such a great loss. This is a discussion group not a drama queen's site. Have you thought of starting your own?
@ajk111 (2527)
30 Aug 12
I guess i think it is a great loss because transdisc was a marvelous communicator with an original outlook in life which was entertaining and never rude or aggressive. I suspect people that remember him would agree as i am not aware of him falling out with anyone and he constantly recieved BRs. Why you equate transdisc with drama queens i have no idea, as a discussion site he was second to none.
• India
25 Aug 12
I am new user of mylot and joined this forum few months back. I have found this site a wonderful one in most of the aspects. May be the reason could be that I do not know what actually was its standards 6 years back. With present view and being a new user I do not think very deadly renovations are needed to be made to its guidelines. But yes you have made some valid points. I have seen that the quality of discussions is certainly not the one I was being told by some experienced users. I hope mylot users contribute more by giving their best in their posts and in return improving their communication skills too.
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
i was hoping to get both old and new members to give contrasting views. yours is a fine example. perhaps you are correct, changes do not need to be made. we need imput from new members as well as the veterns. I am glad you have stuck around and are enjoying the mylot ride.
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
I think what they need to change are the earnings. If they paid more (like I heard it was higher before) then perhaps it would attract and keep more people. But these days, it's better to find other sources of income rather than stick with something that would only give you pennies. I did notice these, back when I first started out, the new discussions were flooding and the "Hot" discussions had over 50 replies, these days even those with only 5 replies make it as "hot".. hehe.. ironic. Have a great MyLot experience ahead!
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@ajk111 (2527)
24 Aug 12
i do remember earning more for less years ago but there was so much more traffic back then. i am not having a pop at mylot as they have been more than fair with the payouts in the past. i just wonder if their is room for improvement without letting idiots get away with destroying the site.
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@primeaque86 (8113)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
I just checked my profile and I became a member 5 years ago... and I am an active members in between 2009 and 2010. Today, I am here at mylot to check how's the community I love before - but that is not the truth, because I love mylot until now. I made several good friends here, and I am paid with my earnings honestly by mylot - so I can't say anything negative about the site. About the rules, I guess I have to stick my comment into it. I bet the problem arose from members, not from the guidelines here. Most people came here to seek for instant money maker, and that is not mylot, and just like me, I was very active here but we have life offline... we have priorities and that affect much of our mylotting, specially if we don't have a stable internet connection... I was not here for a long time because I also shifted my interest, from posting and answering discussion here to building my own community and blog, but you know, as what I have said I have priorities, and here comes schooling opportunity again so I have to grab it together with my job... I can't serve many masters at the same time so I choose job and school, and set aside other things... I guess that's the real story behind the screen. Old friends, old members, they will find their way home here if they wishes to, just like me now... I hope I have some good points here ... lol... Regards, Prime
@loonys (418)
25 Aug 12
Hi prime . True all it takes its time and access to internet .
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
this is a great response as you bring up all the positives of mylot. i worried about putting this discussion on for fear that it would come across a negative. Many people make excellent friends here and mylot have a reputation second to none for paying out. Hopefully we will still come across your mylot perticipation over the coming months.
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@Hatley (163938)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Aug 12
hi ajk yes it would probably help a lot of the newer ones to make the guidelines tightened up and easier to understand but I too do not like a lot of change. I am having the opposite problem lately I am getting so many responses I have to really work to keep up with making comments. just hit 107 today on one older one,two years and its been renovated twice by new users I have been on here almost as long as I know I remember seeing your user name when I signed up.a lot of our fellow m ylotters seemed to drop out back then and miss some of them.transdisc I remember and spark of insanity too,.I am not sure the guidelines are too strict mostly a lot of newcomers refuse to even read them at all and instead depend on asking other users where other newbies give false information as they too never read the mylot information either.
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@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
hi Hatley, i have no doubt in saying that you are an exception to the rule as only a few members can match your popularity. I think what im trying to say on this discussion, as i don't want it to come across as negative, is what can we do to maintain the momentum and keep members on mylot? it was mentioned on another response that perhaps a better balance of western members may enject some bite into mylot as mylot tends to be busier during certain timezones so i for example find it hard to get a thread going as im usually tucked into bed snoring my wee heart out when people on other continents are starting to respond.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
26 Aug 12
I don't think the rules need slackening - I think the way to boost traffic is much more complex. We need people who are thinking more about the discussions than the money. Unfortunately, the first discussion new members post is often 'how can I make money on MyLot,' which gets deleted, then they get dejected and go. Or they'll post referrals disguised as discussions, and wonder why people get onto them. I know several members who have left or reduced their time here because of other commitments. I fall into that group myself, and when I'm here, I want to interact with my friends, not issue warnings about the guidelines to newbies who never want to listen. So the self-regulating component that kept MyLot interesting is disappearing. I don't know how we can bring the old feeling back, but I don't think tinkering with the guidelines is the answer.
@ajk111 (2527)
30 Aug 12
sandra, i agree about not slackening the rules, more a question of altering in some way to help people stay and perhaps enjoy it more. simply put, an impossible question. Not sure who this Rob is you are talking off. i feel something has been deleted as i see no original mention of him but freaks like that often seem to crop up.
• Spain
30 Aug 12
He was banned a couple of years ago - may even be longer than that, time goes so quickly. He seemed a nice guy at first, then he got very nasty and upset a lot of people. I doubt if any of his discussions are still up - a lot of them were taken down because of his nasty remarks.
@mythociate (14426)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
25 Aug 12
I think it's because people are not convinced that 'responding to discussions' brings them just as much money as 'creating their own discussions' (something to do with referral-credits or something), even though I think you actually make more money responding to other discussions (as you don't have to spend the extra time it takes to start discussions, you can respond to more discussions that way). That, and some of the programs myLot has to use to count the traffic and to make sure it's all valid traffic slow the process too much for people to have fun doing it. Yeah?
@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
i much prefer to respond, but sadly the demon drink makes me make discussions....as you can probably tell
• Singapore
25 Aug 12
Sorry I am a newcomer of mylot, I just think that the rules are quite ok. Anyway, this forum is just like any other forums, it has thrived before, and is destined to fall in its popularity. This is inevitable for any forum
@ajk111 (2527)
25 Aug 12
i have packed my parachute after reading this!