It is a bit frustrating that

United States
January 30, 2007 1:58pm CST
we don't get credit for follow-up posts in a discussion. What I mean is .. If I post a response on a discussion, and somebody posta a reply, and I respond to that reply, I don't get credit for another post. I wonder why that is. Any ideas?
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
We do get credit in the earnings. The level of participation is what they mention and the more responses back and forth increases your participation. The numbers are weak anyway. Those are not necessarily good posts or bad posts that get deleted. Then the number changes and you don't know why. So anyway post and participate all you can and you will get some earnings for it.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention to use those plus signs also, they help the earnings!!
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• United States
30 Jan 07
I always do the ratings, and they are almost always "+" .. except when they are meaningless one liners .. then I leave them unrated.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Oh, yes .. thanks for the input about getting PAID, even if the numbers don't change. I appreciate that information.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Really...I heard one good thing you should do to increase your earnings is to comment. One person said that creating new discussions helps your ratings. And also make sure to not only reply to others, but reply in comments on your discussions.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I agree with you .. but that wasn't what I was talking about in this discussion. This is about follow-up responses.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Probably because they want to make sure that you are not spending all of your time in that one discussion. It would be easy to just go back and forth with a friend in one discussion. Heck, I have done it just for fun. But myLot is about a community. So, they want you to shop around at different discussions. :)
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• United States
31 Jan 07
OK .. just for the sake of thought .. does one statement and a response equal a conversation? Does one statement and a single response from each of 100 people equal a conversation? My observation is that "discussions" are just questions or statements intended to garner as many responses from as many individual people as possible, to increase earnings. That does not constitute community. But, then, I've already been wrong a couple of times this year, and so I could be wrong this time! :) LOL
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@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
16 Feb 07
You are right in that we don't get any credit for follow-up posts in our discussions. However, the quality of our responses are factored into our earnings and if we were paid, then there would be some endless discussions going on and possibly without meaning either. I have been a member of another forum in the past where they paid for so many posts and of course this led to abuse of the system. What would happen was that a person would start a discussion, then responses would come in but often the response would be only part of it. A couple of posts further down the track the same person would come back with more and so on it went. People were earning for all of this which meant that they saw no reason to put their whole response in as one but instead would break it up into several responses. This makes it impossible really because there will always be an element of members who will abuse the system for financial gain. It also makes it harder to put it all together sometimes to work out what the other person is saying, and much worse if there is more than one person doing the same thing. One thing is that myLot is trying to improve the quality for the forum but that does take time. Many people are just here for the money, which means that often they will start endless discussions, respond to a number of others but never return to their own discussions. That is their choice of course, but we do not have to respond to their discussions. However if they were paid for the follow-up posts then they would go back and drag it all out, often adding nothing of value to the whole discussion. That is not fair to those who do make quality responses and interact with others. That is what a discussion is, interaction between people and so for me I am quite happy not to be paid for the extras as it means that I just say what I have to, without being concerned about whether or not I get paid. It also opens up a board like this, in that there are a large variety of discussions going on all the time. I do read all the responses to my own discussions, comment on them and often we get into a lengthy discussion, without the concern of getting paid for it. :) So for me being here on myLot is all about exchanging opinions, i.e. discussing things, with others and the money that I earn is a bonus but not the real reason that I am here. I do not scorn the money and of course it does come in handy, but it is secondary to the other benefits I get from being a member of myLot. Getting back to the other forum I mentioned earlier, as an example in that place I could have made at least 5 responses to this discussion and that isn't even trying very hard at all.
• United States
16 Feb 07
I understand what you are saying, but this format is not leading to conversations. I think I understand the strategy they are using, and what they are trying to do, but I'm not sure this is the way to do it. However, it isn't my problem or business .. I'm just here having fun and learning what this kind of format accomplishes.
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@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
The best response you have given me for this discussion is very much appreciated. :)
@smacksman (6076)
31 Jan 07
True, Dan. But you still post a reply when it is warrented because you have something to say. That is more important than a cent.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I agree with you, and other responses to this discussion have established that our replies to responses are actually factored into our overall earnings. So, this discussion has already helped get new perspective on the situation.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Personally, I think we do get paid for that, it just doesn't count toward our rankings.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
OK. I trust your experience and hope you are correct.
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@suscan (1959)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think we should get paid if we take the time to respond. Soemtimes it makes a more interesting discussion and initiates more responses.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Yes, that is very true. And I thought that was the point of mylot.com's strategy of rewarding good DISCUSSIONS .. how can that be if we don't get rewarded for follow-up posts in the discussion .. that is what makes it a discussion!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
Oh did I miss something here. Why don't we get paid for our responses to those that respond to us. It doesn't make sense, I actually put more content into interesting responses.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Just to make myself clear, WebMann .. you got credit for the post above, but if you reply to this response I'm posting, you won't get credit for another post .. carefully watch your number by your name before and after replying to this, and tell me if I'm missing something.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I think it has something to do with it being your discussion and it won't help you to comment on it in anyway at all.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
That makes sense. Some things do make sense here at mylot.com