Getting People to Read the Guidelines

@owlwings (39258)
Cambridge, England
October 28, 2015 6:56am CST
I have often thought that it would be a good idea if all new members were somehow made to read the Guidelines before they could do anything here. One way might be to have them answer a short questionnaire before they could continue. Do you think this would be a good idea or might it be off-putting? If you were to ask three or four questions of someone so that their answers showed that they had read and understood the Guidelines, what would they be and what answers would you consider acceptable? They don't necessarily, of course, have to be about the most important points. The object is to show that they have read the page and understood it.
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@PhredWreck (6051)
28 Oct 15
I agree with the philosophy myself, but I've heard that doing that might turn a few users away from entering the site. Personally, I think those are the users that we probably wouldn't want here anyway, but since I am just another user here, what I think isn't of highest priority with TPTB.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 15
tptb = the powers that be?
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
I wonder how many people it would really turn away, other than the ones who would never amount to much anyway.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 15
I think it might be a good idea to include a FAQ page in the sign-up process but giving a test as part of the sign-up makes people think that the site is hard to write for and might frighten off people who worry about their writing skills, English skills, etc.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
If they were able to understand the Guidelines and answer, say, three simple multiple choice questions, then they need have little concern about their English or writing skills.
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• United States
3 Nov 15
@owlwings Anja is right, I think, perception is what is significant, not the reality. The questions themselves may be easy, but requiring them make them off putting to some people.
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@hereandthere (31166)
• Philippines
28 Oct 15
when new members sign up and log in for the first time, i hope they get directed to the Help page first before they see any other page or post anything.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
They don't at the moment. All that is required is to check a box saying that you have read and agree to the Terms. It isn't even necessary to read the Terms to do this!
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• Philippines
28 Oct 15
@owlwings and that's why the first discussions they submit are 'how does mylot work?' and 'how do i earn?'
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@amnabas (10298)
• Karachi, Pakistan
28 Oct 15
Its necessary to red guidelines before starting any work rather than start working ignoring the FAQ
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• Philippines
28 Oct 15
in most sites, it's easy to find, either at the top or at the bottom of the screen. but i'm hoping it would be more prominent here, as in new members are shown that page first.
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• United States
28 Oct 15
Or....maybe each person would have to 'digitally' sign a statement saying they read them. If they don't sign then forward progress would be stopped. No tickie no washie
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
There is a check box to say that you have read and agree to the Terms. Most people never read the Terms and check the box anyway.
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• Centralia, Missouri
28 Oct 15
most people never read those things, they just scroll and sign. would have to be kept very simple, on one page, and need check after each rule or something
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 15
I agree with @valmnz . I think some people probably find it easier to just post a discussion asking for clarification since the link isn't very obvious. Also, it might help if the link to the Guidelines is highlighted or written in slightly bigger fonts to make it more noticeable.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
2 Nov 15
I want to see it on the black menu bar, next to Explore!
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 15
@owlwings I would say that's a nice place to put the link on!
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
I think a tutorial as a person goes through the steps might be more appealing-a test may scare people off...expecially since in some ways it's been hard for we newbies to find some information. An ongoing, a tutorial with the rules etc. before we post in that format would seem more helpful and inviting, and less intimidating-although the community here seems warm and helpful suggestions of relevant posts re. subject matter have been shared:)
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
29 Oct 15
Something like this?
A quick user guide to MyLot with answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, a short history of MyLot and other notes Pages Useful Links Saturday, 4 May 2013 This is the NEW myLot! What is MyLot ?  Their front page describes the site as:  "An enormous disc
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• Canada
28 Oct 15
Interesting idea. It's hard to monitor these things, but I suppose if you had to check several boxes before you could proceed, maybe you'd be more likely to read them.
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
28 Oct 15
I have always supported this notion. I had even mentioned this to Alice on the earlier MyLot. In my opinion, this is wonderful and it must be made mandatory for everyone out here - who joins new or even older lot like me and others. (Sorry, I have to mention this because it seems even many of us from the older version seem to have forgotten the essential rules). Whenever the newly singed up person logs in, s/he should be taken (redirected, to use the technical word) to the Rules Page. Then the settings page. Apart from that they should also have the Rules/Guidelines link at the top apart from the current Help (which is to the left) to make it easily referable in case of need or clarification. It is always easy to notice the links that stand out at the top bar which is served in Black (or one of its shades). Off - discussion - I am glad that you are back. And do hope you are doing well in terms of Health
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@wiLLmaH (8252)
• Singapore, Singapore
28 Oct 15
That is a good idea. Hey Owlwings nice display image.
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@JESSY3236 (6536)
• United States
28 Oct 15
I know people don't like reading guidelines, but it's always important to read them before doing for any website. The work I used to do for Appen Butler Hill always had guidelines and if you didn't read them before doing the work, you will kicked out of the job.
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@Missmwngi (10064)
• Nairobi, Kenya
28 Oct 15
I think it can be a put off somehow having in mind that we don't grasp everything at the same time but we continue learning gradually
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@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
7 Nov 15
Most newbies are too excited to read the guidelines. They are all interested in getting paid, and they only check out the guidelines about payment detail. I think after a few deletions, and they see their earnings drop, they will learn.
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@mommaj (22770)
• United States
15 Nov 15
What's worse is not being on here for so long and not remembering guidelines. Then when you look for the guidelines the pages have changed so much you cannot even find them. Technology was so different.
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@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
15 Nov 15
@mommaj you are still as blur as before! That never changes.
@mommaj (22770)
• United States
15 Nov 15
@scheng1 You know I make you laugh! And blur? Guidelines sometimes blurry. I have to read them to see if I can still joke with you. If not we will have such a boring day.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
29 Oct 15
When Alex posted about what we thought of the suggestions, i mentioned new users should have a way to read the rules before allowed to see the discussions I agree with what you posted...it would be nice not having to explain the guidelines everyday over and over to newbies.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
I read the guidelines but still came away with questions. I don't mind answering newbie questions. I think it makes them feel welcomed.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
29 Oct 15
@TheHorse There are certainly many things that the Guidelines and the Earnings Program FAQs leave unanswered - and many questions that they actually raise. A proper FAQs section is being worked on at the moment.
• Philippines
29 Oct 15
@owlwings @horse sometimes i hold back on answering/explaining/clarifying because i'm not really sure anymore
@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
30 Oct 15
I think the Help section needs to be more readily obvious. I had to ask where to find it when I first came here. On some sites Help does not always mean the FAQ or guidelines.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
30 Oct 15
I'd like to see it feature on the black menu bar, next to Explore. I'd also like to see all of those options have drop-down sub-menu choices so that one could, for example go straight to 'Most Recent' under 'Explore' or 'Discussions' under 'People'. and 'Guidelines' (or 'FAQs', when they are published} under 'Help'.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
31 Oct 15
@owlwings that would make it easier for new members. I felt silly asking but everyone was so helpful and welcoming!
• Raleigh, North Carolina
28 Oct 15
Well I just signed up and I can't find the guidelines any where! Where are they????
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
They are under "Help" next to your username and avatar (and under your earnings total) up at the top left of any page.
@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
Welcome to MyLot! The Guidelines and the Earnings Program FAQs are both under "Help" and are the 'basic essentials' which everyone should read. You might also find my short guide to using MyLot useful:
A Quick Users Guide to MyLot. How and why you should use MyLot.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
28 Oct 15
I appreciate your idea but I feel that it would be like a 'test', which new users may not like or may feel discouraged to undergo a test. They could be made to 'tick' a declaration that they have read and understood the guidelines, before they are informed that their registration has been accepted.
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 15
They already have to check a box saying that they've read and agree to the Terms. Needless to say, most will just check the box and carry on.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
8 Nov 15
Maybe there could be a page with the most important rules that you had to look at before signing on
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 15
Yes, I would agree with that wholeheartedly. As it is, you just have to check a box saying that you've read the Terms (and it's not even obligatory to read them!)
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Oct 15
Maybe a 10 cent bonus for answering a few questions about the guidelines..
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@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
31 Oct 15
Brilliant idea!
@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
Not a bad idea, I certainly wouldn't be offended by that. I especially like the posting mindless polls and posting jokes and recipes in the guidelines. Hated the recipe posts at other sites I was on the most. Glad I won't see them here.
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