Discussions that "attract" answers

Greece
November 19, 2012 5:40am CST
I have been using mylot for a while now, and I noticed that discussions that have a simple subject are more likely to "attract" more people in. I had started a few discussions that have a very specific subject, a little difficult for many people to understand or comment (for example metal music, video games, etc) and those discussions died before I even begun them. What do you like to discuss about more? I find mylot is better when people discuss about their everyday lives and problems, since those are generic subjects, everyone has the experience and knowledge to give a good answer, without the need of an expertise.
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@francesca5 (1344)
19 Nov 12
In reality I think you are right, I tend to do two things, I respond to discussions by friends, because they come into my mailbox so its easy, and I then tend to look at the recent discussions and find ones that I think I can answer. But I think bloggeroo, above, may have a good point, as you could specialise, but you would probably need to find friends who were also interested in that issue. I find politics quite interesting in real life, but I tend not to go those discussions to much as they get a bit heated, and aren't too pleasant, so I just go to the easy everyday topics. but you do make an interesting point, I might look for another subject, that I find interesting, just for a bit of variety. I don't know anything about metal music though, I am more of a folk music fan.
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
Having friends is nice indeed. Especially if they are quality members of mylot and not passers by. If I do find people that we share the same interests of course we will become friends here on mylot, then it gets a lot easier as the one could take part in the other's discussions. And by the way, I love folk metal too. I am a composer so I have to keep my head open to various kinds of music, and folk is one of my main inspirations, especially celtic folk music. :)
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Nov 12
hi coldnpale please do not throw anything at me as I love classical mu sic like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach,for me its mostly Mozart I also love Celtic music as my forbears were Irish.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov 12
What you say is obviously true, a specialised field will attract a lot less responses because fewer people can actually relate to it. However, when it comes to choosing a discussion to respond to I much prefer one that falls into a specialised category, assuming of course that it is one that appeals to me. Subjects such as opera or Microsoft Excel would be irresistible to me, whereas the overall number of responses would be extremely low.
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
Indeed, many times the discussion's topic helps the level of the discussion as well. If you start a disgussion of a very specialized field then you can create a great chat, because all the people that are participating do know what they are talking about, and you can create nice dialogues. On the other hand if a topic is very generic, it will also attract many people that answer only for the money.
• India
19 Nov 12
It is not like that. People will respond to discussion dependson their interest. They will respond valid one. Simple subject can attract more people but the responses will based on content of the discussion.
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
Indeed. But as every place, the majority of mylot users pay attention to life matters from what I understand. For example if I start a disgussion about sierra's early adventure games, I am sure I will get less people attracted, than if I ask advice for a love issue for example. And it makes sense of course, because almost everyone has some love experience, but not everyone is interested in late 80's-early 90's video games.:P
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@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
20 Nov 12
It seems like a lot of people give generic answers to generic questions sometimes because they do know the answer, think they know the answer or just want to give a quick answer. I don't answer to ones that I know nothing about. To me giving a bland answer doesn't help me or anyone else. I've seen silly questions through the years that get a lot of answers. Someone asking how is your day going or what is your favorite color and why. I avoid them, they're boring to me. Games, videos and movies throw me off because I watch certain things and play certain games and some I haven't ever heard of so no point in even trying to answer them.
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@humairaku (2039)
• Indonesia
20 Nov 12
dang..!! you are absolutely correct..!! lol. after some times im active in mylot, i find that giving response to 'light' discussion us much more easier than to those which are 'heavy'. lol. the reason is simple: light discussion such hobby or weather are eash to respond.everyone of us must have opinion above them. everyone has opinion about their hobby or weather but not everyone has opinion about metal music or politics. sometimes i respond to religion topic. but is seldom cos i only give response to religion i know. if it is discussing about other religions, i give up. i find that giving responses is easier than starting discussions. and as long as i can remember, i never respond to politics discussion. lol. i have only one reason why i never respond to them cos i have limited vocabularies. responding to politics duscussion requires complicated vocabularies and im sure i cant do it. FYI, English is not my first language that is why i often find difficulty in expressing my idea upon those kinds of discussion. so why choose hard discussion if we have hundreds easy discussions there..?? lol..
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@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
20 Nov 12
It seems like a lot of people give generic answers to generic questions sometimes because they do know the answer, think they know the answer or just want to give a quick answer. I don't answer to ones that I know nothing about. To me giving a bland answer doesn't help me or anyone else. I've seen silly questions through the years that get a lot of answers. Someone asking how is your day going or what is your favorite color and why. I avoid them, they're boring to me. Games, videos and movies throw me off because I watch certain things and play certain games and some I haven't ever heard of so no point in even trying to answer them.
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@kai9999 (1703)
• India
19 Nov 12
i always felt that mylot as potential to be a question and answer site too but mostly every one focusing on discussion. since they are paid more for discussion only and not for replies. i have good knowledge on blogger and can answer them and any one who asks question on it...mostly...will not be a discussion but rather looking for straight answer. best way is to stay away from that topics or we need to ask admin to involve a feature to promote even question and style along with discussion...i don't think it will be easy...
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
Yes. Mylot's system looks like it was build carefully with a lot of thought, so it is not easy to change something like this, especially if both users and admins are happy at the moment, which I believe is the case. I too believe though that an answer that solves someone's problem should be rewarded a bit more. An answer on a technical matter for example. Maybe the "best answer" feature works like that, but I am not exactly sure.
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
19 Nov 12
MyLot is not a question and answer site and never will be. We are rewarded for discussing because ir is a discussion site. There are no extra earnings, no extra points, no extra ratings, no nothing for receiving the Best Response.
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@kai9999 (1703)
• India
19 Nov 12
@coldnpale : mylot as the potential to reward technical question but their are lot of problems in implementing...if all user target on technical question for higher revenue then we are going to see rip of mylot. if mylot had to reward technical question it much be monitored in better way. @mysdianait : mylot is discussion site but adding question and answer...may in different section like task can add mylot to entirely new level. as far as rewarding extra...mylot as to decide...
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@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
From experience I find that I get more responses quickly if I set the title as a question compared to using a one-word or few-word title that summarizes the whole discussion I posted. I do agree that some topics I start get more responses more than others.
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@bloggeroo (2171)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
I tried that as well, but I get mixed results. Lately, I have not been using questions, but I get a decent number of responses. In any case, I prefer to have a few responses rather than a lot of responses. Responding to all is somewhat prohibitive and also time-consuming.
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
I didn't pay much attention to thet title, until now that you mention it. The title should be catchy and attractive, and also it should let the readers now that they can answer it. If they understand from the title that they will not be able to give you an answer to your topic, then most of the times they won't even bother reading it at all.
@cobalt20 (1321)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
Your discussion is not a making extra money but its ok. Well, there more discussions to be including news and current events. My most interest topic is basketball. I am updated in NBA. I am also fond of topic like boxing. Sports topics are a little bit attraction.
• Greece
19 Nov 12
It is true, the topic making extra money is a little wrong, but i'm not sure if I can change it now. When I first thought about it, it came to me as it is related to making extra money, because succesful discussions with a lot of traffic are better rewarded by mylot and thus resulting in making some extra money.:P
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
19 Nov 12
"succesful discussions with a lot of traffic are better rewarded by mylot and thus resulting in making some extra money." Where did myLot tell us that information? You only earn for your own activity here therefore if YOU are active on a discussion and participate over and over again YOU will earn. If others particpate they will earn, not you.
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• India
19 Nov 12
Hi friend, people will always place their replies in a topic, if it is in their interest as well as they have some thing to share, as you mentioned our day to day life events will get more replies, as every one is facing various events and incidents in our life and we can share it with our online friends using this great site and people will give their replies easily to this kind of topics. Some persons always gives replies to technology related topics and some others are interested in politics, it is based on individual interest. Simple and easy to understand topics will always get more replies
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• United States
19 Nov 12
It's true that general subjects like family, love, relationships, and food are more likely to warrant a large response. But I am starting to find that if I befriend people who seem to have similar interests, we can have discussions over a longer period of time on more specific subjects. It's not always about the quick response! Those are fun to do, though!
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@bloggeroo (2171)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
I have decided to focus on a few topics / categories because it is time-consuming to be looking for discussions that I can relate to. At least with my chosen topics, I can seem myself improving over time. In any case, I also want to my posts here to be related to my blogs so I can also reuse them in the future.
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• Greece
19 Nov 12
Yes, it is helping a lot to find discussions that are based on categories in your interests. That way, not only you can answer faster, but you can also give honest and helpful answers. If you manage to work like this, the whole mylot experience will get a lot better and faster.
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
19 Nov 12
There are many factors that decide why a certain topic receives more responses that another one. How many people are active, whether the topic was posted in a popular interest, whether it is something that many people can relate to and (very importanty too) whether it has been discussed before. There might be an interesting topic posted but many of us are aware that the user who started it will not come back and add comments to our responses, therefore
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@sriroshan (2586)
• India
19 Nov 12
What I feel in this regards is that it is not what one write and how simple they write, but it is the personal choice of the members which post they want to respond and which they does not. I read many post that are falling in my choosen interest but I reply to only those post which I feel like I can reply well. Now I like your post and your points also and that's the main reason I have replied to your post.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Nov 12
hi coldnpale I also opt most of the time to make discussions from my own life as we all have some common things we all share like worries about family, 'problems in work, the ordinary things that can happen t o any of us 'even to being waited on by a totally grouchy clerk or being whopped in the back of your knees by an impatient person in line with her grocery cart. ordinary lives appeal to many people.