Do you restrict your comments to those directly to the discussion?

@Asylum (48282)
Manchester, England
March 15, 2016 9:36am CST
In case the title is not very clearly understood, I am referring to where you actually comment. The usual practice is to comment directly on the discussion, but I sometimes comment on other comments instead. I have read some discussions to which I have basically nothing to add, yet after reading a few of the comments already posted I have found that I do have something to add to another comment. This may seem a rather unorthodox approach to using the site, but at times it can be worthwhile. Of course I have also found myself gradually drifting off topic at times and ending up discussing something quite different to the main topic.
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@JolietJake (51127)
• United States
15 Mar 16
Depends. It boils down to subject matter, and what someone else said. Unless, of course, some of us go off on a tangent way over there----------------------- about something else entirely. It would seem silly (to me anyway) to only speak to the person starting the discussion, or to only other people under your own response, that's like joining a group of people talking and just plain ignoring what most of them had to say. And with that being said, I am usually all over the place going to different discussions, so lots of times I will miss what everyone else said in the first discussion.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
It I'd not a regular habit of mine, but sometimes it appears the logical thing to do.
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@Corbin5 (103333)
• United States
15 Mar 16
I think that is what a discussion is all about. Commenting on a comment a member has made is proof that a real discussion is going on. Sometimes those comment-on-comment discussions get really long. That is a wonderful thing.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
I agree it is the cream in the coffee. Like the author of the post said the topic can go in slightly or completely different directions so picking a thread you want to be involved in seems okay I guess.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@Bluedoll @Corbin5 This is exactly my feeling on the subject, we should feel comfortable chatting in the same way we do offline.
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@irishidid (8536)
• United States
15 Mar 16
Sometimes I do comment on comments rather than the discussion. Mostly because I agree with what they say.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
I occasionally find that a comment offers a point of view that I feel I have something to say about, which to me seems much better than simply adding a few pointless words to a discussion.
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@WorDazza (10112)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@Asylum Completely agree with this! After all this site is about interaction so we shouldn't feel restricted about what we actually interact with.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@WorDazza You are one of the few members here that I was confident would agree with me. The site is a discussion site and discussions in the real world operate in that manner.
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@garymarsh6 (13639)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 16
I read something about this the other day. I think it is ok to talk about certain things and we all get distracted at times from the original place. I wonder how the cucumbers are doing in Strangeways this time of year? As for holidays have you got any idea where you are likley to be heading next. As for the weather I am sure it is still in the minus category up North?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
There are no cucumbers there due to the cold weather, but I believe that the kitchen staff there have strange ways of cooking mongoose.
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@garymarsh6 (13639)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 16
@Asylum What no cobras?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@garymarsh6 Oh no, they have all moved away now in anticipation of St Patrick's Day.
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@Mike197602 (13368)
• Worcester, England
15 Mar 16
I comment all over the place. I've seen a few discussions about people not liking this but they do need to realise that when a discussion is posted they don't own it From a discussion and earnings point of view it is always good to have as much interaction as possible on your post....you have more fun and get more money.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
I have always foun it a great way to use Mylot but of course there will always be ixed opinions about this approach.
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@RasmaSandra (16998)
• Riga, Latvia
15 Mar 16
so true so true @Mike197602 and just reading your response I had to jump right in. Building up another money pot I want to reach $1 as quick as I can. besides I do love interacting.
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@thesids (22359)
• Bhubaneswar, India
15 Mar 16
How about posting something that is nowhere related to the discussion There are some dear friends of mine, whom I feel close enough and on their discussions, sometimes, i write out anything I feel that moment - it can be a carry forward from an earlier discussion or even none of that. One of my lines that I often use when I find a friend after a long long time - i was missing you. I believe that they do understand me, and my weird responses - but that is how some of my conversations start. As you can observe, until now, I have not stated anything directly related to your discussion. So that is how things go between me and those select friends. Agreed, I cannot take the liberty to do that on all discussions. Now, the response for your discussion - yes, there have been times when I have been in a similar scenario. i have nothing to say on the discussion - maybe because I am unaware of the topic or even the culture or anything else. But then, I find a friend and want to interact with him or her. So I make my response on his/her box.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
I can fully relate to what you suggest in relation to using the opportunity to speak to a friend. I would expect that many of us do the same, although I was really referring to allowing the interaction to naturally drift into other subjects. This is basically what happens in the rear world, so I feel the same issue valid here.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
I think the idea is to interact. If one of my discussions goes off track, but people are enjoying themselves discussing something that came up, that's fine with me. Conversations are organic and go wherever the mind takes them. So, tell me, do you like bacon as much as I do?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
The only distraction that I find is that if two members become involved in a topic below one of my comments then I receive constant notifications. Of course that is far from a problem to me, but I cannot filter those out. Odd that you should mention bacon because despite being an Englishman I rarely eat it. I do like the taste, but I totally hate fat and segregating all the fatty strands in bacon is just too much hassle.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
@Asylum I mentioned bacon because there was an extremely long and funny thread a few weeks ago about bacon. It was a blast, but had noting to do with your post, which is why I mentioned it.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace It was rather obvious that you added it as an example of going off topic. I recall one discussion where I became involved in a long interaction about riding dinosaurs as a child.
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@Shiva49 (12634)
• Singapore
15 Mar 16
I mostly restrict my comments directly to the discussion but when I find some interesting comments being made I join them too. I find others do that too to my discussion topics thus widening the scope of the topic. I might also have digressed from the topic at times but that has been overlooked - siva
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
There have been occasions that I have commented on comments wihout making a comment on the original post.
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@Shiva49 (12634)
• Singapore
15 Mar 16
@Asylum I don't think I have done that - siva
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
@Shiva49 This has happened the a few times.
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@rina110383 (24135)
15 Mar 16
Sometimes, I do comment on others' comments as long as it is still related to the main discussion.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 16
I always keep comments relative, but they could be relative to the comment they are added to without being relevant to the main discussion topic.
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@antonbunot (9513)
• Calgary, Alberta
23 Mar 16
O, I don't only comment on the discussion . . I also read others' comments, which I find many interesting, and comment on them. . . especially those that I find funny and entertaining.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
23 Mar 16
Yes, but have you ever had reason to comment on a comment without commenting directly on the discussion?
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Mar 16
@Asylum No, I always comment on the main discussion. I find it insulting to not comment on the main discussion while I comment on comments of others. Even if the main discussion is not interesting, I always find a thing good to write. I always think of myself as an entertainer . . so, I entertain every one with some funny comments and responses. It does not matter to me if a discussion is good or bad . . I just write something nice or funny. But I shy away from fellow myLoters who, I feel, do not have sense of humor.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
23 Mar 16
@antonbunot There have been times that I have been unable to comment on a discussion, but have found a comment that I can respond to. For example, it would be difficult for me to comment on a discussion about knitting patterns.
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@Susan2015 (20437)
• United States
16 Mar 16
When I make a comment about another comment, I also try to make sure I leave a comment on the discussion too.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
I would like to be able to claim the same, but I find that some discussions offer no opportunity for comments from me.
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@Susan2015 (20437)
• United States
16 Mar 16
@Asylum Most of the time I can always find something to say. But then sometimes I can talk too much too.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
@Susan2015 There are always some subjects that I am unable to comment on.
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@allknowing (63509)
• India
16 Mar 16
Responding directly to a post is my first choice. Sometimes when I see an interesting response I comment on that response.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
The practice seemed far more prolific in the old days here.
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@allknowing (63509)
• India
16 Mar 16
@Asylum When real life takes precedence the tendency to rush around here is the main reason why users concentrate only on posts.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
@allknowing This really depends on how busy the site is because if the site is quiet we tend to browse around far more.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
17 Mar 16
I comment on responses and the topic at had. I have noticed in the notifications that they make mention of a "response comment" which can help - but who cares - its all about making conversation with our fingers on the keyboard - but make sense at least - Is what I say or is that type?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
17 Mar 16
This is precisely my opinion on this, but it seems that somemembers disapprove to varying degrees.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
17 Mar 16
@Asylum well if they dont like it - they can go to Bubblews - wakakakakakakaka (evil laugh)
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
17 Mar 16
@Inlemay Oh yes, an excellent way to look at it.
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@moffittjc (42208)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Mar 16
I comment both to the discussion directly, and to other people's comments. Like you said, sometimes you may not have a response for the discussion itself, but you may see someone else's comment that you feel compelled to respond to. One of the things I love about myLot is how interesting discussions can become as the comments take on a life of their own! It's really interesting sometimes to see a conversation start one way, and then go completely off topic and in a totally different direction!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
You are someone who I would have expected to feel the same way as I do, which I know from personal experience. In fact, you are even prepared to become involved in the nonsense that I usually post.
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@moffittjc (42208)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Mar 16
@Asylum I look forward to the nonsense you post! I mean...I look forward to the great insights you post!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
@moffittjc maybe we should compromise on an insight to nonsense.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Mar 16
I almost always comment on the discussion, but will comment on other's comments. Many discussions I am involved with end up off topic.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Mar 16
I try to do both if possible, but cannot always offer anything to the discussion.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Mar 16
@Asylum I know what you mean, sometimes I just have nothing to say.
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@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
16 Mar 16
If i have read a comment of a following that i can relate to , i butt in . Everyone is free to comment .
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
This is exactly the type of attitude that I like, treating a discussion here in the same manner as one in real life.
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@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
17 Mar 16
@Asylum I feel the same way .
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@celticeagle (117837)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Mar 16
I find this practice to be rather rude, especially if I haven't responded to the response yet. I also will respond to other's discussions with a thought that the subject matter may evoke and is not always closely related. I think we do what we feel a lot on here. Anyway I do.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
There are some discussions to which I have absolutely nothing to add, but may find a comment to which I can.
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@celticeagle (117837)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Mar 16
@Asylum ....Yes, I see that alot.
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• United States
24 Mar 16
I initially comment directly relating to the discussion upon reading it the first time, if and when I come back a second or third time I drift with other commenters and may be still on track with the initial topic, but certainly add extras . . . it grows it and engages in a very interesting if not more cognitively-attuned piece of communication
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
24 Mar 16
On rare occasions I have commented on comments but not the main discussion. I have only done this when there has been nothing that I can add to the discussion, but it has happened.
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@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
23 Mar 16
Some comments really take on a lie of their won and lead to much more activity and interaction than the original post. I consider that a great side affect !!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
23 Mar 16
Yes, I have been involved in a few of those situations and the conversation has drifted onto several different topics.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
That is what makes this site so interesting for me. It can move on like an actual conversation jumping from topic to topic.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 Mar 16
It is the real conversation approach that attracts me as well, although some members seem to disapprove of this.