When There is Nothing to Say...

@1wldngl (3996)
United States
August 30, 2015 11:50am CST
We all get them, those comments that: 1) lose something in the translation 2) let you know the responder didn't even READ the discussion 3) let you know the responder was just trying to make a penny So...what do you do? How do you respond? There is only a rare time when I do NOT reply to one of my responses. I always try to reply with something just to let them know that I acknowledged them. Even just hitting the like button lets them know you saw their response. Somtimes the conversation has hit a wall and there isn't anything left to say and then you "like" their reply. But when a first time responder has just typed something you totally do NOT understand and you can't even figure out how to ask them, "um...what the holy HECK did you mean here" without sounding like a total meanie head....what do you do? I try my best to be diplomatic and considerate.
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@PhredWreck (6096)
30 Aug 15
I'd give you my two cents worth but you don't make two cents for my comment, it's quite a bit less than that.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
Two plug nickels then?
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30 Aug 15
@1wldngl Possibly. I wouldn't give you a wooden one, they are worth more.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
@PhredWreck two bits?
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@GardenGerty (88651)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 15
I will phrase what I understand them to mean and then ask if that is correct. @1wldngl what I am understanding from your post is that sometimes comments in discussions are not easy to understand but that you want to acknowledge the contribution and possibly get clarification. Am I correct?
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
Ha...good one Gerty!
@topffer (29315)
• France
30 Aug 15
All of us are not native English speakers, and I am not able to play with English words like I play with French words. When I notice that somebody is using an automatic translation, I try to understand what he/she wants to tell. If this member has not understood the discussion, then I will probably not give a response. When the starter asks a question in the title, and another one at the end of the discussion, I have noticed that many people are not responding to the real question. In a discussion started yesterday with 6 responders when I read it, only two had responded to the final question, and the 4 others had responded to the question in the title...
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
I rarely have trouble with your stuff. I mean the really obscure stuff. Maybe I am just dense sometimes. I actually get things that make no sense and I assume, maybe wrongly, that the person was just randomly responding. And then...I just don't know what to say in reply to them. I guess it wouldn't bother me if I wasn't trying to be nice to everyone all the time. How do you know when someone is using an automatic translation?
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@topffer (29315)
• France
30 Aug 15
@1wldngl When there are crazy nonsenses here and there, it is an automatic translation. For a Latin language, automatic translations are never good ; for English they are a bit better, but it is not difficult to detect members using them.
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• United States
30 Aug 15
@topffer @1wldngl I think that you are both right ... sometimes it might be an automatic translation and other times I think it is just that the person is randomly responding without even reading the discussion. There is also another option, though. Sometimes people can have multiple tabs open at the same time, and they might comment with a correct response but accidentally put it in the wrong discussion.
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@much2say (33430)
• United States
30 Aug 15
Most likely I can find "something" to say (it's in my username - ha ha). Sometimes I can figure out what someone may have been trying to say - but not always. For those completely "out there" comments - well, I just might make a complete "out there" comment back (maybe). But if there is just nothing else to say, that "like" will do - to acknowledge like you said. In real life, I deal with quite a few folks who don't speak English well, including my dad, so through the years I've learned to figure out what they're trying to say.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
I didn't intend this just for the english crowd. I'm sure we english speakers can become just as unclear to the non english speaking crowd. Ya know?
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@much2say (33430)
• United States
30 Aug 15
@1wldngl That's true. Even I admit I tend to go on and on sometimes - maybe some people don't what the heck I'm saying! "I" don't even know what the heck I'm saying (especially when I'm half asleep in the middle of the night typing away - ha ha).
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
@much2say and local colloquialisms are probably pretty hard to figure out sometimes..you know?
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@rosekiss (30161)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Aug 15
I feel that the porper response is only given after reading the complete discussion. I read them all,but if I don't have anything to say, then I will not respond. I have never ecnountered that on any of my discussions wehre the response didn't match the discussion. I like you, if that would ever happen, would wonder the same thing, as I wouldn't know how to comment back to a respnse like that.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
and you just don't want to be rude and ignore them....you know?
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@rosekiss (30161)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Aug 15
@1wldngl I can certainly understand that, but if trhere response doesn't fit the discussion, it would be hard to know how to comment back.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
@rosekiss I know, exactly.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
30 Aug 15
If I don't understand a comment I read it several times and I try to guess what the person wanted to say. If I still don't understand it I ask them to explain what they meant. Some people have just started to learn English and it can be difficult to understand that they are trying to express, but I want to talk to them anyway so I try to understand their words. Sometimes they use automatic translation and it can be a challenge to understand the meaning. Some people only read the headline, and they misunderstand the topic. I have seen that many times. One time I started a discussion where I used a word with more than one meaning, and the people who didn't read the entire discussion misunderstood it. It was easy to tell the difference between the people read everything and the people who only read the headline
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
I'm sure it's not just me. I would imagine I can be as obscure to others as well.
@fufurinha (11390)
• Portugal
31 Aug 15
I answer to almost every comment I get but sometimes it isn't easy. And yes, sometimes I see comments that I can not understand.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
I often wonder what they think of my ramblings...
@fufurinha (11390)
• Portugal
31 Aug 15
@1wldngl I think that some people don't get them ahaha
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
@fufurinha I'm sure!
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• United States
30 Aug 15
So the sky was blue, but then the sun went behind a cloud and it turned grey. When the sun finally set, though, it turned a beautiful combination of purple, pink, blue, orange and grey.
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• United States
30 Aug 15
You just knew I would have to do that, right?
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@topffer (29315)
• France
30 Aug 15
sunset, public domain clipart http://www.clker.com/clipart-49739.html
What a beautiful sunset ! I add the picture to your response
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• United States
30 Aug 15
@topffer Oh, so you saw it, too? Were you the one that was sitting next to me and watching it? Where did you hide the camera?
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@rusty2rusty (6747)
• Defiance, Ohio
30 Aug 15
If I don't understand a comment. i will ask them what they meant. Leave up to them to the next to try and explain or ignore the question.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
I'm going to try that next time, that and what Gerty suggested.
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@Bluedoll (16052)
• Canada
31 Aug 15
That works for me. Everyone is different. I try not to worry about it too much. Asking can sometimes shine a light and then you know.
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
1 Sep 15
"Hmm... can you please tell me what you mean because I want to be sure I understand." Of the like but and a or depending on the subject.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
1 Sep 15
Yea...ima try that next time. LOL
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@Shellyann36 (7994)
• United States
31 Aug 15
It happens, sometimes there is a language barrier that stands in the way and sometimes it makes no sense what-so-ever what the person means. Of course I have had a few discussions on another board where a person posted a reply meant for another member by accident. I would prefer to ask them what they are saying without being rude.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
Yes...although I have a new responder who keeps putting 1-5 words and I am sore pressed to reply back. LOL
@sharon6345 (100717)
• United States
31 Aug 15
I have been there a few times. I will let them know I did not get it and that might let them come back to explain it to me. I am willing to try.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
I will next time.
• Indonesia
31 Aug 15
When people don't read the whole of your discussion and make random respond or kind of translation, I will still just give generic kind of respond. But if they still reply and make me confuse even more, I will give them 'like'. I think sometimes they don't mean it and language problem could confuse them ( we confuse even more )
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
Yes...I'm sure they get as confused by me as I do by them. LOL
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@jstory07 (55741)
• Roseburg, Oregon
31 Aug 15
I like their respond and say nothing.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
Gonna ask them next time.
@allen0187 (24150)
• Philippines
31 Aug 15
Like you i try to be diplomatic and considerate and try my best to understand what the poster is saying and try to reply appropriately. However, sometimes, the comments are just so out of this world that I'm left scratching my head and thinking, 'What did i just read?'.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
Been there done that!
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Aug 15
Yes, it is nice to be here and read your very interesting discussion, and happy myLotting to you...
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
Happy myLotting to you too!
• Orlando, Florida
31 Aug 15
Majority of the people are here just to make a couple cents, not to read anything. I feel you dude, but if someone genuinely doesn't understand or a there is a language barrier I would do my best to respond.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
I'm sure I am as annoying, sometimes, as well. I speak Texan. LOL
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@allknowing (54651)
• India
30 Aug 15
I have encountered such responses and I ask them to elaborate a bit on what they have said. Simple
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
31 Aug 15
good idea
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@Susan2015 (17929)
• United States
30 Aug 15
I can tell when someone responds and they didn't bother to read my article when their comment has nothing to do with the article at all.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
30 Aug 15
Yes...those are rather obvious.
@marlina (58259)
• Canada
31 Aug 15
Sometimes, there is nothing to say and that's all.