How do you choose which discussions to respond to?

what do you discuss? - what DO you want to discuss?
@vega83 (6346)
Bahrain
February 4, 2007 3:23am CST
well i've been here over a week now, and i still don't get it. i've seen so many discussions, that have nothing special about them that have so many responses and are in the 'popular discussions' category, so i decided to check out 'discussions with no responses' and i went to the most last page i could go to at that moment, and i realised that most of the discussions with no responses are actually interesting, so what makes YOU, a mylot user, respond to a particular discussion? Please share why you respond to the topics that you do.
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@oarnamav (2708)
• India
4 Feb 07
I usually select the "discussions with no responses". I do it only because few users would get disappointed if they don't recieve any single response. The disappointment is not ignorable perticularly when the subject topic is good. When this is the case I tick mark a +'ve rating and reply the discussion. I even advise few users if they add some garbage type discussions and don't hesitate in marking it -'ve. I think you too should follow this option.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I've been doing that too. Glad I'm not the only one.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
4 Feb 07
i do that too, especially discussions of new users, to give them some encouragement, but i never give anyone negative ratings, i just don't feel right doin that.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Yeah, most don't. But there are people who post one word, inanities, pointless comments, (i.e., "what??!!??" is their entire post). They earn a negative.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
Many days, I find that I spend a lot more time reading than responding. I don't respond if I have absolutely nothing additional to contribute to an on-going discussion. I mean, I serve no value if all I do is parrot what 10 other people have already said before me. That's not quality content. I look in all different places, checking what my friends have to say, what new people are posting, discussions that have no responses... and I also go back to places I've already posted simply because I like the topic and try to help it continue.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
4 Feb 07
i really like your answer, if i could choose another best response, it would have been this. i guess just a positive rating will have to be enough.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Yeah. That doesn't help with the money making, but I don't like posting if I've got nothing to say. I fully agree with all that.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I check friend's discussions. Generally, they have interesting discussions. If I've hit those already, I look at the discussions my friends have responded to. Then I look at the recent topics, new user discussions, discussions with no replies. I rate as necessary.
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• Philippines
4 Feb 07
Well, I don't really look for any particular topics to post to as long as it interests me. I usually try to look into discussions my friends started but if I can't relate to their discussions, I browse discussions under interests and then discussions with no response or new discussions. I even get to a point that I post to some insane or silly questions but when I do post to this discussions, i make it a point to be as descriptive as possible even if it's just some kind of a poll question.
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@astroo13 (965)
• India
4 Feb 07
My first look is always in the discussions with no response. I find many of them are really worth replying. I rarely reply to top discussions.Most of the time they are isn't any thing to discuss there.
• Turkey
5 Feb 07
first of all it have to be in basic english for me.because my eng. is not very well.i can not understand some discussions.im trying to translate the discussions mostly.i interested in computers and internet so im choosing them first to response
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@babyreyn (934)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
My priority in replying responses are those who replied on my discussion that I have started. I believe I have a debt for them and need to response to their discussion. Secondly, I give my response to the topic that is interesting and with sense. Hope this help you even in a little way.
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@con1c2 (6)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I just joined here today and I'm amazed that there are so many discussions about so many different things! Obviously, there are a lot of people out there with something to say. Someone mentioned writing 50 replies in 4 hours. Is that typical, or are there others out there who respond even more than this?
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
5 Feb 07
There are people who do 50 responses in 4 hours but it could be nothing of quality. and then there are people like my friend goldberg, who hit a 100 one day and they were all quality responses, what takes more time for me is to actually go throught replying to all the discussions i've started and rating you guys, then responding to my friends discussions, atleast the ones i can say something about, then finding some new discussions under my interests, and then i go to discussions with no responses, so usually the time goes in that, and i get maybe 25 responses out in one day, but i'm proud to say they're all quality.
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@FrancyDafne (2048)
• Italy
4 Feb 07
I have a lot of interests, so there are many interesting discussions in this Forum to me. I like art, for example, I have an interest in religion, philosophy, psichology, and so on, my only problem is that I don't know English well, so, I usually choose discussions in which I think to be able to respond hoping that people can understand what I say. And yet I like funny discussions too, so, to relax a bit, I like reading discussions and messages with jokes, funny topics, etc.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
5 Feb 07
That's a good way to do it, and i think your english is fabulous!
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Well, I start on the main discussion page, and then scroll down till something catches my eye. Basically anything I feel I have an opinion on or could offer advice about. Then I respond. Lather, rinse, repeat. I'm new too though, so I haven't even managed to figure out how to access certain types of discussions yet.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
5 Feb 07
don't worry, u'll figure it out soon. There's a lot of good advice in many responses here, so you might wanna read some of those.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I see something that interests me and that I have a little bit of knowledge about and then I respond to it.
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@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Hi, I haven't been on here that long, but I look for discussions that are of interest to me. I am learing a great deal just from reading others posts. I am really getting hooked on mylot, I am spending a lot more time on here. But back to your question, I look for topics that are of interest, and then if I feel I have something to add I will respond. Or ask another question, most people don't mind. All have been really friendly so far.
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
I check discussions under my interest. When i'm done with it, i go to discussions made by my friends and the ones i started. I also check discussions with no response. I also find nice topics there and wonder why nobody responded to it.. :)
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
4 Feb 07
basically, i try to find a topic that interest me and i can talk about before i respond to it... so, the first thing i do when i open mylot is scim reading all the topics available and then start choosing the one that interest me to respond...
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@whamom (17)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I respond to discussions that I can relate to or have interests. It is the only way I can leave a decent response.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
Personally, I browse discussions by categories. I mainly respond to discussions under the "computers" category. I am interested in science too, though the posts under this category are not impressive so far. I hope that mylot' s rating system takes into account the lengths of the posts too.
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• Pakistan
4 Feb 07
i think there is no particular way of donig that! i just roam about among the lists and select the topics randomly! just what suits the eyes! thats simple:)
@pixiedust (177)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
i haven't been here long too but i also noticed the same thing. as for me, i usually just browse around and when i find an interesting topic that i actually have a decent and sound answer to, i reply. otherwise, if i think that i have nothing significant to contribute to, i wouldn't bother.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
It's not to hard to find discussions that I'd like to comment on. Usually I check my interest page posted discussions. If I see something that asks for an opinion and it's on a subject I've experienced, I'll post. But I do find that some post topics are just plain silly. I don't find some silly questions a problem but if every topic is that, I just log off for a while. Usually when I come back on there's good topics again.
• United States
4 Feb 07
There really is no rhyme or reason to which discussions I respond to. Mainly, it's just if something grabs my attention. I do try to go to people in my friends list and see if there is anything I can respond to, but after that, its really random!
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