Have you ever had an idea for a topic only to find someone else has beaten you to it?
March 13, 2018 2:02pm CST
Similar topics are often discussed on the site although much of the time they have a different spin to them. Last year I wrote a post about the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge. I hadn't checked recent discussions before I posted it. I found out later that several members had written about the atrocity. One person had posted before me. Fortunatly his had a different slant to mine. However there can be occasions when there are many similar posts that are not necessary. For example, there was a problem with uploading photos a while back. The site was deluged with people writing about the problem. The answer could have been found if recent discussions had been checked first.
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
When things happen, everyone has a different perspective on the event, so the post will always be different. When I see one post about site problems, I figure there will be others. If I have a problem not addressed, I will address it. Sometimes it's my computer.
• United States
Those discussions happen, especially with breaking news. I'm more concerned with people using my ideas, words, and expressions. It makes me want to throw a doughball or two. Weather and holidays are more boring than anything else to me.
• Peoria, Arizona
I sometimes wish that would happen to me. But since I am younger and listen to different music, watch different movies and shows. All the stuff I talk about no one knows about so no one will actually copy me haha! But at least I know that means that I can write about whatever and no one will have already done it.
• Staten Island, New York
When I write something I don't check recent discussions to see if anyone's written about what I want to write about. I just write it. And I think I am not the only one that does it. When you write something there is always a chance someone's already written about it.
• Sutton, England
@lovebuglena Sadly yes, apart from the problem the UK has with Russia it's one of the main features on the news here today. He was such an amazing brilliant man. He was only given a few years to live when he was first diagnosed as a youngster. He made it to the age of 76.
• Sutton, England
Very true and the words are different. There have been several posts about Steven Hawkins today so I added my thoughts to one of them. I did see something that was naughty a few days ago. A user had responded to a post. An hour later he created a post about the same topic. Wording had been changed but no fresh spin on it.
• Olney, Illinois
Happens all the time, and has for years. Most people never bother checking the Most Recent Discussions list here, but I have it set as my 'home' page so I know what is already being discussed. There used to be a rule forbidding 'repeat' topics...like the Paris bombing in 2015...there were a few dozen discussions about it, but under the old 'rules' repeat topics would have been deleted and everyone would have been expected to talk about it in one place/discussion.
I don't read recent discussions of people I don't know; I just don't have the time. Besides, if I want to write about something, I will do, regardless of whether someone has beaten me to it. It isn't a competition, and most of us have different viewpoints on something. Of course, copying an idea just for the sake of it is silly.
• Sutton, England
It is bound to happen especially when writing about mylot. I saw several posts about Steven Hawkins today. I responded to one of them. I do find it interesting to read about things happening in the UK from a non Brit's perspective.