Don't post "Thank you" to every comment you get

@BunGirl (2639)
United States
January 15, 2007 3:52pm CST
Hey folks, I have seen a LOT of people out there who post "thanks for commenting" or something similar for every comment they get on every discussion they start. I know those who do it probably feel that they are just being polite, but I'm betting most of them don't know that doing so is actually against the rules. Listed in the "don'ts" section of the rules is "Thank everyone that responds or comments on your discussion. This will not increase your earnings." Check it out here if you don't believe me: http://www.mylot.com/o/guidelines.aspx So, if you don't have anything to add to the discussion, please stop posting useless "thank you" type responses.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
15 Jan 07
Thank you! Kidding! I know, part of me feels compelled to say something, but you are right, we are not suppose to do that. So I give everyone my thanks up front and even say I can't respond to all. I don't know what Mylot will do with those posts that have the thank you. I hope not delete them, but they should be sending them a warning.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Oh, I hope they won't be deleted either. I really think most folks who do this think they are simply being nice. I just wanted to point out the rule so no one gets a surprise down the road when MyLot calls them on the carpet for it.
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@Jamian (2605)
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
i agree with that, some always thanks and thanks, but I think some of them are really thankful for their effort, so they always thank for the comments.
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• Pakistan
16 Jan 07
Thanks for telling me that thank you doesn't work ;) lolz actually i read that rules thingy but i never remembered it..i my self used it several times.but i agree with you all so i would not use it again.
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@lifeis2good (1183)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I totally agree with you that if all you are going to say is Thanks for responding or commenting then it's really not necessary. But I do respond to each & every person who posts on any of my discussions - and while yes I may use the words Thank You - they definitely aren't the only words I use - I always have more to say about what they have said so I am just trying to keep the discussion going when I respond to comments on my discussions.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
15 Jan 07
See -- that's the kind of response we SHOULD be giving. You can say thank you if you want, but add something to the discussion or don't bother! I commend you for responding to every post in this way though. That must be exhausting after a while!
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Thanx so much - I was kinda worried that you would tell me to quit but am so glad that you didn't. And yes it does take extra time and effort to do so - but I guess I find myself to be someone who always has something to say - so I guess it's kinda easy for me to continue doing it the way I am. I guess that's just how I am wired!!!
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@kellahinx (372)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I have also noticed that my number of discussions responded to goes down if I respond to a number of the posts on one of my discussions... I think that commenting to keep the discussion going is a good thing. However, if all you are going to say is thank you, then it isn't necessary.
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@mariam74 (555)
• Egypt
15 Jan 07
Ok it is not a way for earning something as I know it does not add anything for me it is only to say I've read your reply and interested to know everyone post not I've wrote a question and leave it for ever never see it again no I always be curious to know what people think so this is only thank you I've read your reply and I appreciate it.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Ok, but the point is, it's against the rules of MyLot. It's in black and white. All those "thanks for replying" comments are just filler and unless you have something to say to the person you should not reply at all.
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@mariam74 (555)
• Egypt
16 Jan 07
Ok maybe you're right thanks for letting me know this.
@patootie (3593)
15 Jan 07
I don't post a 'thank you' after every reply to my discussion, but if I feel someone has given me really good information or been helpful or just plain made me laugh .. then I do put a little reply ... One of my discussions on Fibromyalgia, everyone deserved a reply as they were all such helpful comments or were other folks suffering with the same dratted syndrome as me .. What I generally do is read all the replies and as I go I give a + rating to the really good replies and to those folks who insist on putting one word or off topic rubbish I give a - rating .. the of course I choose the best response .. but I only do that once that discussion hasn't had any replies for a while ... And yes .. I did see in the 'rules' not to give automatic thank yous to everyone .. which I for one was very relieved about or I would never find time to post any new discussions hehehe !!
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@mythmoh (3986)
• United States
15 Jan 07
maybe it is a way of acknowledgement of the response.the responder dont know wheather the starter has read the response or not.so if there is a thank you are anything related comment then they will know that it has been read.i dont think it is against the rules.it is not considered as a same message repeated.
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
That is true but wouldn't you like to know whether they agree or disagree or put you to the test by asking a question that will encourage you to expand on your thoughts or ideas?
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
"I don't think it's against the rules" This isn't a matter of opinion. It is against the rules because the rules specifically state NOT to do it. If you don't believe me, look it up.
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@mythmoh (3986)
• United States
16 Jan 07
yes.i checked.they have given that it wont help you to earn money.
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15 Jan 07
well i thank ppl for responding because i have manners i dont do it to earn and as the rules say you dont get paid for it so whats your point
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
The point is to keep the discussion going as long as possible. Sometimes discussions get lost in the shuffle if the poster just comments with a thank you. It could well turn off someone who is really interested in putting in their two sense but when they see that the poster is not interested enought to know what other people are saying they stop in their tracks thinking that it isn't worth the effort. In this way it would seem that many good discussions are lost because the poster doesn't have any itnerest in furthering them.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
ACTUALLY my point is MyLot says don't do it. So don't do it.
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@Mecboy (1051)
• United States
15 Jan 07
WEll I know, I really don't care the earning for now. But yeah its true. I seem to wonder as well.LOL!
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@itsjustmeb (1212)
• Canada
15 Jan 07
I hear you there ... I don't thank everyone and if I do, I add in my 2 cents.
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@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
15 Jan 07
As you noted above: This will not increase your earnings. Thank you for telling us that. If I were here only for the money, that would be most helpful. My purpose for doing this is a bit more altruistic, I enjoy helping others. A little courtesy doesn't hurt, either.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Then have a little courtesy for the creators of this site and don't do things they tell us not to do.
• United States
15 Jan 07
This is a very good piece of information as it is something that I had looked over and not even saw. I appreciate you bringing this to our attention. This will help in the future.
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16 Jan 07
I do not write responses to everyone's replies to earn money, but am often fed up when I see a question asked, and responded to by people, yet there is absolutely no feedback from the original inputtre. It appears as though they were never interested in the responses, in the first place. However, I do not just write thank you, I generally write an individualised response to anything raised and commented on. It is just polite to acknowledge someone elses contribution.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
The way you are doing it is the polite way. If someone just copies and pastes "thank you" into each response, how do I know they actually read what I had to say? I am pretty sure that at least some of these people don't read their responses at all.
16 Jan 07
You could well be right, and thank you for calling me polite, I do try to be, in all my responses, though it can be difficult to think of 40+ ways to thank someone!
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@wynna1 (1291)
15 Jan 07
Well maybe its in the guidelines of mylot but then saying thank you means a lot to other members who posted a response to your topic, it only shows that you visited the discussion you've started and take time reading and rating it and thats the proof of letting them know that you've acknowledge the effort they put into it. Sometimes it is very frustrating/disappointing to answer/discuss a discussion wholeheartedly and never get a response at all. For you it maybe useless but for others it will make/complete their day.
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
How can a responder be sure that his/her response was read. It is so easy just say thank you. All you have to do is type it somewhere else then copy and paste...which is very apparent in some cases.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I think it's just as frustrating when I have made good points in a debate and the poster doesn't even bother to address any of them. If you want to communicate that you have read the response, do so. Respond in a way that tells the person that you have read what they have to say. Don't just post the same copied and pasted line into every response you get.
@neilf49 (810)
15 Jan 07
What you quote is absolutely true but is not "against the rules". Your link is the one that gives this away, they are guidelines in which myLot are trying to help the members, yes it may not be much of a contribution to the discussion to just say thank you, no you won't get paid for doing it, but some people have morals and standards thet they live and abide by, and politeness is one of them, after all, how does someone who has responded to a discussion know if the poster has had the decency to even read what has been written? You don't need to say thank you to this unless you have a response to go with it (discussion - myLot objective).
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@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
What you have said is true they are guidelines. It is not by any stretch of the imagination "against the rules" to say thank you. It is only polite and, indeed, that you have taken the time to read the response. The point is it is not sufficent to keep a discussion going on and giving others a chance to make their comments which may have something important and/or interesting. I lose interest in a discussion where the poster only replies with a thank you because while the others who respond may have good ideas or thoughts there is not enough interest from the poster to encourage movement forward. It only encourages a stagnant pool that remains as such because there is no input nor output.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Consider it this way, you say you are being polite by thanking people for posting. I say that you are being rude by not abiding by the wishes of the owners of this site. Also, these are the same "guidelines" that tell us we can't copy someone else's post or post one word responses. You can argue over the meaning of the word as much as you like but in the end if MyLot says don't do it, I think we shouldn't do it.
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
Hey BunGirl....I always end my comments with a "thanks for dropping by" at least. Sometimes I may type 40 pages of comments but I still try to end the FIRST comment with a thanks. I know what you are getting at and I agree with you wholeheartedly. You can bet your bottem dollar when I am reading the responses of other discussions than my own I always note what the poster has commented. If it is just a thanks or sometthing to that nature I do not give a rating one way or another.....I just pass over it and go on to the next. Even a one line from either the responder (if it is pertinent to the topic) or the poster will rate a + from me. This is a good post and I thank you.....I was thinking about posting the same thing but couldn't find a way to do it nicely.
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
15 Jan 07
PS: I have read all the responses in your posting and have addedmy comments accordingly as well as rated all that I deemed meritous. I hope you don't mind my "butting in" but I feel that this posting deserves to be kept in the limelight so that possibly more myloters will take notice and see what is possible to make myLot a good site where your thoughts can be set down knowing that those who have raised the question will sit up and take notice.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Butt in all you want! This is what a public forum like MyLot is for! I will be the first to admit that I don't thank people for responding to my discussions. Instead I go respond to their posts or give them a plus rating if I feel they deserve it. Sometimes I will respond to discussions that have a bunch of "thank you" replies, but I never mark them with a plus. At times I'll even mark the "thank you"s with a minus. They just make it that much more difficult to read through the discussion when it's broken up by all these meaningless posts.
• Indonesia
16 Jan 07
Yes i knew that but I think if copy paste answer is not nce to see. but if answering all msg with different word I think thats fine. that discusion right?
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Yes. If you take the time to write a different comment on each response that is the way to do it!
• Malaysia
16 Jan 07
oh i just notice that. so it won't help us ha, ok then i will not do it anymore since it's in mylot regulation. then can anybody tell me how to make used comment effectively, because i've seen here, once we post the question or topics to discuss, we need to use comment to respond back right...
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• Sri Lanka
16 Jan 07
Maybe we must do a little more than saying thank you. Otherwise why do we get this "add comment" box here.
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@opinder (421)
• India
16 Jan 07
i too have observed this trend. it can be really annoying at times. i know they mean no harm......some could be doing that just to respond. i mean just for the sake of responding. i got some good responses to my discussion....but i replied with some kind od explanation related to their post. only one post(which exceptionally caught my attention n fancy) was responded to with a thanks. and yes.....the guidelines...i really feel most of recent myloters do not even care to go through them. i have seen people with 7 stars and yet writing in all caps!!!
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I know what you mean about the guidelines. It seems most people think that they're just suggestions. Then they wonder why their discussions get deleted! It's not like it's really all that hard to follow the guidelines. I consider it disgracefully disrespectful to ignore them!
@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Finally, someone says something! LOL Seriously, though. It kinda bugs me. If I respond to a discussion, please don't give me a generic "thanks for responding" that you give everyone else. I'd rather get NO response. And that's why I don't respond to everyone in my discussions. I don't want to seem insincere. I'm grateful to all responders to my discussions, but don't expect me to give you a "thanks for responding". I'll respond if I feel I have something to add to your comment. And, of course, I don't mean YOU specifically, but I mean "you" as in anyone reading this. I guess... Not sure what I mean. LOL
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Wow -- you just summed up what I've been trying to say this whole time, only you said it better! Glad to see there are some other folks here (several it seems) who feel the same way I do.
@hiitssomu (657)
• United States
16 Jan 07
i don't think mylot said not to post 'thank you' as your comment on received reponse. they tried to make it clear that if do so that don't increase your earning. i think it is very good etiquette to say 'thanks you' sometimes, specially first one or two response if your asking is cleared by them.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Actually, what I wrote in my original post is exactly what it says, word for word. It would be polite to personally respond to each comment, but just saying "thank you" twenty times in a row is about as impersonal as it gets.