My Discussion Was Deleted! What Do I Do Now?

@owlwings (40026)
Cambridge, England
February 2, 2016 6:23am CST
OMG! Panic! Disaster! WTF? Has this happened to you? If it has, you are not alone. Almost everyone has had at least one discussion deleted in their lifetime here. The big question is “What did you do about it?” Were you disappointed, puzzled, annoyed, incensed, confused or resigned? Did you immediately post a discussion complaining about it and asking WHY??? Did you blame the “MyLot Nazis” for reporting it? ... Or did you go and read the Guidelines (and Terms) again so that you might better understand what was wrong with it? Let’s clear up a few myths, first. 1) A Discussion is NEVER deleted simply because somebody reported it. Only Admin (and the discussion owner him/herself) can delete a discussion and it is always a ‘human’ decision to do so. 2) There is always a reason for deleting a discussion (or a response or a comment) and the explanation is almost certain to be found in the Guidelines. I have to say ‘almost’ because there are just one or two small things which haven’t yet made it to the Guidelines. 3) MyLot is not obliged to advise you when (or why) a post is removed. That is something which is in the Terms to which you agreed when you signed up. 4) You don’t lose anything when a discussion is deleted. The current earnings algorithm does not penalise you (or anyone who had responded to the discussion) by ‘adjusting’ the earnings. That used to happen in the past but, as things are at the moment, nothing is deducted when a discussion is deleted. 5) There is no such thing as a “MyLot Nazi”. There is a growing number of people here who are concerned to keep the site as lively, meaningful and clean of spam and useless posts as it is meant to be. These people have read the Guidelines and know them (almost) by heart. If they report your discussion, it is because they are (mostly) being helpful and don’t want you to slip and fall off the path, not (usually) because they are being didactic or vindictive. If you think that you are being ‘victimised’, it’s more than likely that you haven’t understood the Guidelines. (Sadly, that probably also means that you won’t have read this far, either). What Should I Do If My Discussion Has Been Deleted? 1) Read the Guidelines (again and more carefully, if you have already). Please don’t ask “Where are the Guidelines?” They can be found under “Help” underneath where your earnings total is displayed, next to your username and avatar in the little box at the top left of any page. 2) If you still don’t understand why your discussion was deleted, you can send a Private Message to @goaskalice who is the chief Admin and Moderator. Make sure that you include the title of the discussion and what it was about. He cannot be expected to give a specific answer without knowing which discussion you are referring to. 3) If your discussion was deleted, DO take it as a warning and treat it as a learning experience! What You Should NOT do! DON’T ignore it and repost exactly the same thing or something similar - read the Guidelines and follow them. DON’T start another discussion asking why your discussion was deleted! Only Admin can answer that question for certain, so message him first!
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50 responses
@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
I must admit to getting tired of those posts asking why a previous one had been deleted. There was one yesterday and I'd already explained to him (on the deleted post) why 'Good morning' didn't constitute a discussion. Then he has the gall to ask why it was deleted! Sheesh.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 16
Perhaps he hadn't had a chance to read the comment.
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
@owlwings Either that or he didn't heed the advice.
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@tallawah (9726)
• Kingston, Jamaica
2 Feb 16
oh...the very short posts...yes...
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@JudyEv (141006)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 16
Good advice. I've noticed people tend to ask in their post what others think about a particular matter rather than going to the guidelines or to admin for answers. It's always best to go straight to the top I think rather than rely on a member's thoughts which may or may not be correct.
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• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
I agree - I've made that mistake too many times myself, both online and in real life
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• United States
2 Feb 16
You can lead a person to these discussion and/or guidelines, but you cant make them read/comprehend!
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 16
I sometimes think that the old saw about leading a horse to water should be modified to read 'donkey'!
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• United States
2 Feb 16
@owlwings LOL! I am reading between the 'letters'
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
3 Feb 16
True.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
2 Feb 16
I remember making discussions with a 'respond at your own risk' notification at the bottom because I was pretty sure I was skating on thin ice...amazingly enough, most of them stayed up. I've seen several re-posted discussions...some people just don't seem to get it.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
2 Feb 16
Good deal with the '101' tag, thanks..that makes it much easier for me.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
@owlwings The 101 tag is useful. Have you added it to your blog?
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
3 Feb 16
@Mike197602 No, I haven't. Thanks for the idea!
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@topffer (36625)
• Singapore, Singapore
2 Feb 16
This discussion will be certainly very useful for new members. I have had only one discussion deleted in the old myLot, several weeks after I started it. I asked the "myLot Nazis" (sorry, GAA) why it has been deleted, and, yes, there was a reason, but it was somewhere unbelievable : the discussion was speaking of somebody important. Mr Somebody joined myLot and asked to delete a discussion targeted against another member (himself). I realized that our discussions were not read only by myLot's members...
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• Midland, Michigan
4 Feb 16
Well that's good to know. It may be that the mr. somebody does a search on his name periodically and your post came up in the search. That's the only way I'd know that they'd of found it in the first place.
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@topffer (36625)
• Singapore, Singapore
4 Feb 16
@MarshaMusselman I do not know how he found my discussion, but I deducted that myLot was not the right place for investigative journalism.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
Had a few deleted in the past but always put a disclaimer on them same as JJ. Since I've come back I've had none removed by admin and doubt I ever will as I stick by the rules. I do think the guidelines need utterly rewriting though as they are open to interpretation too much in my opinion.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
3 Feb 16
I agree that the Guidelines need reworking. It's important to remember, however, that they are 'Guidelines' rather than 'Rules'.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 16
@owlwings That's true but they still need work. They aren't clear enough and don't give examples. Maybe they should be re done and called rules rather than guidelines as even the word guidelines isn't firm enough...most sites have rules
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@LilyBeBack (2017)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 16
That's interesting, the thing about how we don't lose any earnings if a discussion is deleted - I suppose that hinges on the fact that we get paid for our own participation, so if a discussion is deleted then everything under it is also deleted, and the responders haven't necessarily broken any rules even though the original post did.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 16
things have changed. we don't get paid for our participation as such on new mylot. We are paid according to how others interact with our posts. If you write stuff and nobody interacts we likely earn nothing. You'll earn for my comment here...I won't. If you comment back to me or like what I've said I'll probably earn.
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@Mike197602 (13955)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 16
If you write 50 discussions that don't get interest you won't earn.
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• United Kingdom
3 Feb 16
@Mike197602 Aha! Thanks for the update So I suppose participation still keeps us going, but we rely on each other more for earnings - I think that's better and worse at the same time
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@paigea (22674)
• Canada
3 Feb 16
Thankyou. I hope the people who need to read this do so.
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@Drosophila (16694)
• Ireland
2 Feb 16
I haven't yet had any discussion deleted.. "touchwood". I guess I will pm admin if I did, because I'd be curious to the reason
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@marlina (80503)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
Thanks again for your wise advice.
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@PainsOnSlate (20820)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
Good advice, I saw the post where someone was wondering why, I have gone back to the guidelines many times to make sure what I want to say is OK.
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@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
3 Feb 16
Very informative post. I wish that newcomers should read it before starting a post about deletion of their discussion. I also feel that many new users do not read the guidelines very carefully and start a new discussion on any topic, which is beyond guidelines. You are very right that they should take a lesson, if their discussion gets deleted and move ahead rather than cribbing.
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@cupkitties (7598)
• United States
3 Feb 16
If my discussions have been deleted, I just accept it and move on exactly for the reason stated in number 3. I don't have to like it, but it is their site. If they did that to every post, then I'd have a problem,but I wouldn't complain about it. I'll just leave and play zombie attack instead.
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@LadyDuck (187670)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 16
You explained this so well that I hope not to see another post asking "why was my discussion deleted"? Anyway I fear that we will continue to see them, because some users never understand.
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@gudheart (12740)
2 Feb 16
Yep has happened to me before. Oh well...I just move on after an initial glout lol
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@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
2 Feb 16
won't be wondering if ever..well, hoping not any of my post though
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@Morleyhunt (19265)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
I think everyone wants to submit the grumbling post, of why me? It happened on the owls Bubblews site, where we did lose our earnings. I think, deep down we know where we erred.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 16
"Owl's Bubblews"? Nooo ... nothing to do with me at all! Yes, it happens everywhere there are moderators and people who either don't read the rules or think they know them without reading them (properly or at all).
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@Morleyhunt (19265)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
@owlwings oops, auto correct strikes again. Should have said, old Bubblews site.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
2 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt Autocorrect can be hilarious at times. The trouble is that it sometimes has a tendency to sneakily learn what are our most common words which can be more revealing than we ever meant it to be.
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb 16
I have never had a discussion deleted that I remember in eight years of writing them.
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@Rick1950 (1577)
• Lima, Peru
3 Feb 16
Thanks for sharing this post. It is very interesting to know more about MyLot.
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
3 Feb 16
I hope the people that need to see, and understand this do....lol' Helpful and nicely written...,
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