What are you talking about?

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Canada
June 19, 2017 10:35am CST
When reading a post, have you ever had to wonder, what are you talking about? It doesn't happen often but there are occasions when I want to pull my hair out. The discussion certainly sounds interesting but as you read it you realize it is not meant for you. Usually the discussion is about events in the past that were probably mentioned in a post eons ago. Or it may be a continuation of a serial discussion that you have never followed. But somehow you are supposed to know what it is all about. So you give up don't comment or comment at your own risk. If you do comment, you could get an angry or dismissive response. Why? because you don't really know what the discussion is in the first place and you have just put your foot in your mouth. It would be nice if these "serial" discussions would add a link in each episode to the original discussion. But then again maybe the discussion was not intended for newbies or those who don't follow consistently. What am I talking about? I am sure many readers will be asking.
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• United States
19 Jun
This happens to me occasionally where I find myself lost and not really understanding what's going on
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• Canada
19 Jun
Yes and feeling like a fish out of water.
@MALUSE (26900)
• Denmark
19 Jun
I know exactly what you're talking about here. I don't know how often I've already written, "I haven't got the foggiest idea what this is about." I also 'love' discussions beginning like this, "As you all may remember . . . " or "As I told you in my last discussion . . . "
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@pgntwo (19085)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Jun
It does make things a little hard to follow...
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• Canada
19 Jun
@MALUSE It can be very painful and sometimes you don't know it is a continuation until you try to comment and get a "you should know what I am talking about" or "You know my history" type of response.
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@MALUSE (26900)
• Denmark
19 Jun
@Freelanzer If a member pees at your leg like this, pee back.
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@Corbin5 (65017)
• United States
19 Jun
I have run into some of those, and I just give up on them. Even those that lead with, "Most of you know," do not work for me. Most of the time I don't know.
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• Canada
19 Jun
So right I assume it is not for me but for those ho "know"
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• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Jun
@Corbin5 When I start a discussion with most of you know I say next-for those of you that don't know and explain it. I don't want anyone confused or feeling left out.
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@Corbin5 (65017)
• United States
19 Jun
@LovingMyBabies You never confuse me 'cause you don't leave me hangin'!
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@paigea (19482)
• Canada
19 Jun
I think our discussions really need to stand alone. I don't follow any series on here. I just meander around. I don't expect anyone to keep the details of my life in their mind and don't want to be expected to do that about the lives of others.
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• Canada
19 Jun
True, we can't assume that everyone knows what we are talking about unless we only want participation from those who know.
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@pgntwo (19085)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Jun
People write as if everyone else knows where they are from... even though they deign not to fill in that bit of their profile that says they live in "Whynot, NC".
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@Farcha (594)
8 Aug
I am a newbie in MyLot, but I try to post a little per day. I try also to give each discussion its time.
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• Canada
8 Aug
I am sure you will enjoy it here. Welcome.
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@Farcha (594)
8 Aug
@Freelanzer Yes, Thank you.
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@Nawsheen (22898)
• Mauritius
19 Jun
I know what you mean. Sometimes it is preferable not to answer. If i have some time i may quickly go through the past discussions. But thats not always the case
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• Canada
19 Jun
I have done that in the past - try to look for previous discussions so I could understand the post but no longer. There are too many other discussions to go through.
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@Nawsheen (22898)
• Mauritius
20 Jun
@Freelanzer yes I agree to this
@mandala100 (16703)
• Hong Kong
19 Jun
@Freelanzer Yes I know what you mean. Maybe the writer is assuming that everyone understand him or her without realizing that the writing is unintelligible.
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• Canada
20 Jun
That does seem to be the case
• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Jun
I have written some about my son Josiah. He has hydrocephalus and will be seeing a neurosurgeon to talk about surgery. But I do explain myself like I just did, so if you missed my other discussions about it you won't be confused.
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• Canada
19 Jun
I've read many like yours and they are fine as long as I understand what the person is talking about.
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@TRBRocks420 (54626)
• Banks, Oregon
19 Jun
Yes, it happens from time to time.
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• Canada
19 Jun
Good thing it doesn't happen for the most part
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@bluesa (8265)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Jun
@Freelanzer , sometimes I might put something from a previous discussion in a current discussion of mine, unintentionally. But I try to make each discussion stand on its own. Plus sometimes I just plain confuse myself.
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• Canada
19 Jun
One can refer to a previous discussion but it would help if the reader has some idea, a link or a brief explanation so they understand what they are reading. Some do it more frequently than others.
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@blitzfrick (2997)
• United States
19 Jun
Yuppers. After finding my foot in my mouth more than once, I've learned to just move on. I'm not even curious any more about the discussion. Plenty of other discussions around here to take part in.
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• Canada
19 Jun
Yes I know what you mean. Have had to take mine out (of my mouth) plenty times but have learned to just move on to those I can comment on.
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@Kandae11 (19609)
19 Jun
Sometimes you are not really sure of what you are reading, so you give up and move on.
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• Canada
19 Jun
That would be the smart thing to do except I have been caught and paid the price
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@Tampa_girl7 (20012)
• United States
19 Jun
I have read a few of these myself. Yes, it can be a bit confusing
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• Canada
19 Jun
Confusing indeed so I now leave them alone.
@sharon6345 (92552)
• United States
19 Jun
I hit the explore option and leave the post.
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• Canada
19 Jun
Sounds like a plan
@dramagirl26 (3311)
• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
I've stumbled across a few of those discussions here on MyLot.
@PatZAnthony (11502)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Jun
Many readers will actually know exactly what you are referring to @Freelanzer
20 Jun
That`s why I prefer general discussions to private online mini memoirs, but I agree it would all be more acceptable if they included a link to what they refer from the past discussion.