Do you get ticked off on MyLot when mindless one-line posts out-perform your brilliant tomes?

@TheHorse (65795)
Pleasant Hill, California
November 10, 2015 3:05pm CST
I'm mad as heck and I'm not going to take it any more! One of those one-line "What is your favorite breakfast food?" type posts got twenty comments this morning, while my brilliant, carefully crafted tome got two. But vengeance will be mine! I have a secret plan that I will implement either later today or tomorrow. You don't make The Horse mad! In all seriousness, do you get a little miffed when your well-thought-out and well-written post gets dusted by one of those one-liners? I admit that I do. That doesn't make me...a bad person...does it?
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@yukimori (9047)
• United States
10 Nov 15
Getting miffed is a perfectly human reaction to things like this. It's not something that makes you a bad person. Going to one of those mindless one-line posts and reading the original poster the riot act for starting the frivolous thing... that might make you a bad person. They used to really bother me at one point. I'm not sure exactly when I decided I wasn't going to react that way anymore. The fact that they get more responses doesn't mean that the topic is "better" than the topic of a longer post. I think the big difference is that they're a bit more accessible to the "average" myLotter. Maybe some of the users whose first language isn't English find the tomes intimidating and pass them up. Maybe it's just a matter of convenience, since it doesn't take much brain power to tell someone that your favorite color is fluorescent clear and you can't live without your daily Eggo waffle. Besides, when it comes down to it, I know that my topics won't be deleted because they're mindless...
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
How did you know that my favorite color is fluorescent clear and that I love Eggo waffles? I see that little devil emoticon--have you sold your soul for Tiresias-like powers?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov 15
Twas ever thus! On the other site I wasted so much time and energy producing top quality comedy (in my own head at least!!!) to get a smattering of likes/comments. I'm over it now! Actually I'm not. It still makes me mad. If you're a bad person then so am I.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
What did you have for breakfast? But I digress. There were some really clever and interesting writers there. Most got virtually no attention at all. Did you interact with the cryptic but thought-provoking writer from Berkeley CA? I don't think he's written on "that other site" for quite awhile, but I enjoyed his stuff.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 15
I suppose it's the bubblews conditioning, but one-liners do seem a bit like the poster couldn't be bothered.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
To me they seem like a way of making some bucks without exerting much effort. In that way, it reminds me of the Bubblews "gamers."
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov 15
Right! That has to be a challenge. A devastatingly insightful and witty one line post! I'm not making any promises though. It already seems a lot harder than I thought it would be when I started typing this comment!!
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
@WorDazza What if your post simply read: A devastatingly insightful and witty one-line post?
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov 15
As the old saying goes, Life was never meant to be fair. At 66 years old I have encountered far worse scenarios than this, so I never let it bother me.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
Your wisdom, and the calm that comes therewith, will not dissuade me from executing my evil plan! Buwaahaahaa! Actually, I agree with you. On the "life is not fair" scale, this doesn't really rank, does it? But as I said before, vengeance will be mine! (I think that comes from a video game, but I'm not sure which one.)
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov 15
@TheHorse An evil plan is always an excellent idea whatever the circumstances. If there is one thing that I really enjoy it is an evil plan.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
@Asylum It will be so evil, you won't even know it's evil until it's too late! Buwaahaahaa!
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Nov 15
I sit here and shake my head and just think wow how can that be. I don't respond to these mindless posts and yesterday I didn't come here at all because in the morning that was basically all I had seen. I got tired of reading them or seeing them and even shifting through them. so I gave up and decided to leave them for others I wasn't interested. I have written some interesting stuff for her and when I do this I might attract 1 or 2 people at the most. I know it isn't the title it is the mindless posts that win out each time and how many of them pop up all at once and push yours to the bottom or the next page. Nobody can find them t oread them or even comment on them. Shame.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
I hadn't thought about how mindless one-liner posts might push our posts down on the list. Maybe I'll get a little more ticked off and implement my evil plan sooner than later.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse Take a look. You post your new discussion. Now go to your explorer and take a look at recent posts. You will find your now in position 5 or 6 and all of the new ones above them are mindless one or two line discussion. Now yes that does tick me off. I think there need to be some sort of a word limit on this so that a lot of these posts stop pipping up.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
@poehere Oh oh. Are these exploitive posts getting reads and comments? I'll try to do a post this morning (not inspired yet) and then do as you say.
@boiboing (12486)
• Northampton, England
10 Nov 15
Yes I do and no you're not.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
Got it. Took me a minute, though. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's being responded to!
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@boiboing (12486)
• Northampton, England
10 Nov 15
@TheHorse I got in first but then I think it got lost amongst the others. It was rather a comment intended to stop a discussion. Thanks for not playing along.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
@boiboing I was going to berate you for its brevity, but couldn't because it wasn't my nemesis, the commentless "like."
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@mrsg1981 (133)
• Exeter, England
10 Nov 15
I only joined today, but I totally agree that I would be niffed if a 1 liner got better comments likes etc than something real, and what I took the effort to write about.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
My rage has passed a bit now that I ate lunch (I was hangry), but I will still execute my evil plan. By the way, all joking aside (since you're new here), this is a really diverse and supportive community. I enjoy the various conversastions and think you will too.
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@mrsg1981 (133)
• Exeter, England
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse This did make me giggle. Look forward to seeing what your evil plan may be ;)
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Nov 15
@mrsg1981 Buwaahaahaa! It will be executed in utter silence.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
Envy is one of the deadly sins, isn't it? But seriously, I know what you mean. But sometimes people like posts that don't challenge them or make them think. They want to tell you their favorite color, because they know what that is and they might not want to discuss world events, because they don't know anything about them.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose...really!
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 15
Them's the breaks, I'm afraid. But I'm keen to see how you're going to combat the problem.
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@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
I suppose it's possible that some good conversations could occur. As long as the one-liner generator is actively involved, maybe it's OK. But then again, maybe they're just lazy money-grubbing chain-smoking Russian men disguised as hot Asian babes. Not sure.
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• St. Petersburg, Florida
11 Nov 15
One should look at the subject matter, rather than the quality of the writing. Some people just want to talk about breakfast cereal, and do not care about oil pipelines, who is going to be our next president, whether VW owes customers more than an apology, or whether acid rain and global warming is real. I have noticed that the shorter and more simplistic my posts are, the better they do, hands down.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
The horror! But the one that made me write this post was NOT "simple and elegant." It was mindless.
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• St. Petersburg, Florida
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse Elegant? Who said anything about elegant? I can accept the short and "elegant" offering. That means someone put some thought into it. Like just one cupcake with gold sprinkles. I'm talking just simple. Like pound cake.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
@ThankyouLord Egads, can I do it? But one thought lead to another. Damn those IQ points. They torment me.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
11 Nov 15
I feel your anguish. While I don't get miffed, I do wish there were more well thought out discussions. I understand, however, that the average person is not a deep thinker or expert conversationalist. And this rings even truer for the written word. Small talk it the norm for most and one liners fit in that category. So I try to overlook it and mostly tend to just ignore most of them or occasionally 'do as the roman's do' if I can find a one liner that isn't too bland.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
One of the best short stories I've read is only six words long. It moves me to tears. But I'll save it for a post. Hah.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse Agree..I dabble a little in flash fiction and it is a real challenge to get a complete story in one paragraph..
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
@dorianna I may have to try it now.
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@amadeo (65879)
• United States
10 Nov 15
No it does not make you a bad person.I understand the feeling there.Maybe and I am sure that you will come up with something.try a one liner yourself and see how many hits you get?a demo
• Exeter, England
10 Nov 15
I think if you put the effort in, it is disappointing to get a bad response - although I've only been here a couple of hours so can't say much but from previous sites I know exactly what you mean!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
@amadeo That's a good evil plan. But mine is even more evil, and almost a lock for success in fulfilling my nefarious wishes. Buwaahaahaa!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Nov 15
@djgarner86 Welcome aboard! This is actually a fun site to write on overall. I've experienced the same kind of frustration at Bubblews and even Epinions, back in the day.
@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
13 Nov 15
lol It just isn't fair, but then so many things aren't. Is it gaming the system or are the comments from real active members?
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Nov 15
I'm actually not sure.I'm going to start checking WHO is leaving comments on those kinds of posts. I'm not really THAT concerned about it, but it was fun to write like I was MAD.
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
13 Nov 15
@TheHorse Having survived BB I am always suspicious when people seem to be getting too many comments on their posts lol I realized you had your tongue in cheek!!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Nov 15
@BelleStarr Yep, we learned a lot about the darker side of human nature on that site, both from the scammers and from those running the site.
@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
10 Nov 15
Yeah, kinda. You write tomes? I'm doomed!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Well, in my dreams I do. At least I think so. Maybe I'd better look the word up. To me it actually means something that's very long--perhaps too long.
@sulynsi (2837)
• Canada
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse a large scholarly book aka encyclopedia!!!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
@sulynsi Yes, that would accurately describe most of my posts.
@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Nov 15
I would get upset too, as that isn't even a discussion. No thought at all. Just hang in there though, as you will do fine, and this discussion has 20 already not including my response, so this one is more interesting to me than the one line discussions. I don't even respond to those at all.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Sometimes it's healthy to vent a bit. And this one generated some interesting responses. Some even made me laugh out loud.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse I have had that with the comments on one of my discussions. They have taken on a life of their own, and some are actually humorous..
@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
11 Nov 15
hahah..yes i have noticed many like that and i take it as some people are more connected to something simple than something drawn out that makes them read.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Read? Think? For shame!
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
11 Nov 15
@TheHorse yes all your well drawn out words mean nothing to someone who would rather read.."How's the weather" hahah
@Freelanzer (8922)
• Canada
12 Nov 15
I have seen this happen on other sites as well. You take an hour to pen a real insightful, well written post and it bombs when a post about good morning, what I am eating now, or something totally illegible get all the glory. I don't think there is anything you can do about it. People read what makes them comfortable and a one sentence post about nothing may excite them. Who knows.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Nov 15
Hi @Freelanzer . I had Tom Kha Gai for dinner tonight. With brown rice. Yum.
@MALUSE (40132)
• Germany
11 Nov 15
The breakfast question is too silly to dwell on. But what do you make of 'profound' one-liners? Recently I've found 'Do you prefer life without love or love without life?' I usually have a repartee ready but here I couldn't think of one. The same happened when I read 'What is the meaning of life? What u think?'
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Those are fun questions to ponder. But I would rather that writer add his or her two cents to show that s/he has condiered the questions as well.
@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
11 Nov 15
I tend not to even look at the boring one liners, so avoid annoyance at their success. The problem will arise if they and their followers milk the site having added nothing good!
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
Right. I don't want to see that Bubblews "let's conspire to make some quick bucks" mentality become prevalent over here. But I also hope that the site doesn't have to resort to more "rules" to keep that from happening.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
11 Nov 15
I think for a one liner question its easier to answer because it doesn't take a lot of thought to answer. And also the poster can boff out a bunch of posts with one liners.
@TheHorse (65795)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 15
If it works, it's a quick way to make a few bucks here.