is there connivance between friends in mylot?unfair marking of best reply...

Philippines
February 9, 2007 7:38pm CST
on some discussions ive answered(not that of my mylot friends)i noticed a couple of times that a user rates another with best response though the reply is ("forgive me for being critical")unresponsive and consists only of 5 words....is that fair?for me i dont think so...true that we are all free to choose who we rate as best reply....but isnt it also true that if one chooses,it should be an intelligent choice from an intelligent and logical answer?its a matter of fair play isnt it?
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@lecanis (16739)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
10 Feb 07
I think some people do automatically choose responses by their friends for best response, but obviously not everyone does so. I've gotten best response on topics started by people I had never even seen on here before. I would like to think that I'm impartial in my choosing, but I suppose if it were a close call between a response by a friend and one by someone I didn't know I might be influenced. I definitely wouldn't mark a friend best response if they left five words like you're talking about. How frustrating!
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@brendalee (6086)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I know what you mean. I once replied to a discussion with a fairly good answer, or at least I thought it was. Someone else came along and posted a few words that wasn't even really a sentence and they got best response. I don't normally check, but I looked at their friends list and yep, they were friends. Usually it doesn't matter to me. I try not to look at the names of people when choosing the best response. I will admit that I have had a few times that I really didn't know what one to pick and I chose a friend. It probably wasn't the right thing to do. So now if I have a hard time picking one, I just don't pick one.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
10 Feb 07
brendalee (one of my favorite singers of days gone by)...if you don't make a BR the discussion will appear in your unresolved list and it could take a while for you to clean it up. I believe we also get credit on our choice of BRs. However, don't quote me on that.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
11 Feb 07
After re-reading my comment, I came up with the idea that maybe we don't get credit in earnings but it may well be considered on our star rating. Just a thought...otherwise what other reason could there be for marking a best response.
@cerium (691)
10 Feb 07
Some users here are very serious about earning. They have their strategies and they make alliances too :) It's true. Some don't even reply to any discussions except of their friends. So, to answer your question, I've seen some users exchanging the "best resopnses". Anyway, I couldn't care less about whoever they choose. I just ignore these kinds of people.
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@not4me (1713)
• United States
10 Feb 07
What you mention certainly isn't fair but I've also noticed another issue with my posts imperticular. Many times when I post a questions I will get only 1 or 2 answers over a period of 3 weeks or more. These answers may or may not be people on my friends list who peruse my questions but I will go ahead and select a best answer because I figure there is just no interest in my question and I don't want to stress about it so I do that and move on. Then like the day after I receive an eloquent response by a stranger and I feel like a jerk. All in all it is a matter of fair play though I do feel guilty when multiple friends answer a question and they are all great responses. In that situation, if they warrant it, I will give the best answer based on which of said friends have never received a best response from me, as long as I'm not ignoring an excellent response from one of the other friends. Gah this is stressful LOLLL
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
10 Feb 07
Good idea about giving the BR to one who hasn't had one before...especially when there are several to choose from. Thanks for the tip.
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• Canada
10 Feb 07
Yeah, actually, for me it's very stressful to choose a best response. I've gotten a lot of good responses to some of my discussions.
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• Philippines
18 Feb 07
thanks for the tip as well...its realy difficult to choose BRs...damn too many goor replies,but i do now is i rate them all first and choose the best reply later.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
10 Feb 07
i haven't seen such a thing yet here. or maybe, i haven't encountered one yet. choosing a best reply response even if the response isn't worthy of the title? i don't know about connivance between friends here. because i don't do it. i choose worthy for the title responses. i don't care who responded. what i am for is the content of his/her response. honestly, i have lots of discussios i started months ago which i still haven't resolved yet. i cannot choose the best response since those are discussions with 1 or 2 responses and that i am not yet satisfied with the responses i got. so, it's takes time for me to decide. it's what i call, no rushing for a decision... i do exercise fairness.
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• Pakistan
10 Feb 07
Well I have not come across such thing but if it is really happening then it is not only unfair but also against the regulations. We are not here for this but we are here to discuss our problems and justify the best one which the best one from all aspects. But I think now we have to find this another problem.
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@clover (104)
• Malaysia
10 Feb 07
I noticed that too and believe it's very unethical. there was this question asking what type of laptop u use? and this one fella answered only 'DELL' and got the best response. I believe something must be done to curb this. It might be hard but a report button for 'disputed best response' can be an option. as best response is subjective to the poster itself, others might think it's not a best response while others might think it's good. a special category of 'disputed best response' should be those one liner or really obvious bad response.. so that's not going to be really hard.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I am new here and don't really understand the whole rating system or the best response thing. I don't mean any disrespect but why does it matter? Do you get paid more if you have more best responses? Does the rating, which I am guessing is the star and the number in it, mean that you get paid more?
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
10 Feb 07
I have to admit that it would seem like some people choose their friends over others. I try to be fair in my choice and look for the response that hits me in the kisser with some impact. However, when there are few responses to some postings there is little choice. When I check my unresolved discussions it is usually because I have not marked a best response. I still have some pending that only have one response and will wait a little longer but if it has gone beyond two months then I will give the best response unless it is utter nonsense and then it will remain on my unresolved list. In the beginning I gave a couple of bad best responses because I checked the box without looking for the user #. That it now impossible to do as the marking is in the response box. I would like to think that most of my friends give good responses that I can mark with best response...that's why I chose/accepted them.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 07
thanks very much for the tip gifana...ill try looking at my unresolved discussions...coz some of it i posted a m,onth or two already and i havent chosen the best reply...but how about discussions which was not replied yet...not even once...how would i resolve it?i realy hope you can enligten me on this...peace!thanks for the reply opinion and for sharing your thougts about my discussion dear friend...happy posting.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
11 Feb 07
Thanks 007. As for as the discussions with no reponses you just have to wait and hope that a friend picks up one with 0 responses and brings it back to the top of the list. I try to do this often but not everyone does. Until then just hold off until someone does respond and then wait a little longer to see if it catches on. With so many new people coming in an old discussion topic will surely hit someone's eye. That has happened to me on a couple of occasions. Good luck.
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• Sri Lanka
10 Feb 07
I have over 60 best responses from people around the world who I have never seen, and who are sometimes not from my country, race, religion or age group. We find cheating in the whole world. So there may be a few case in mylot. Giving best response to someone simply because he is your friend is like a judge giving a judgement in favor of someone simply because the accused is a friend.
• United States
10 Feb 07
Well I didnt even know what best response was till I happened upon my own and saw I had 2! Those who told me which the discussion I began told me I should start marking best responses. So I did. But I thought about it. When do you do this? What if someone else reponds better once you do it? You CANT take it back once you do it! So do like in Indiana Jones Last Crusade. "Choose wisely" and choose the best thing. And hope noone else comes and responds better!
@neon2000 (2762)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
I think so. I hope this will change. I still think that it is the case maybe because other discussions have more good replies than what the topic owner choose.
@chavezrmc (1545)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
well this is a question of friendship and loyalty. And wether we like it or not we have to accept it. It happens anywhere even real lives. For me i am happy that i can get some of these best responses which were denoted by the poster who is not even in my list, and it can inspire me a lot. But wether my responses gets the best or not, i am stil doing the best in replying with all the knowledge and with all the feelings that i have for the topic. It isn't fair play that matters. What matter is we are really giving our best in posting and replying. more power to you1
@fujin1985 (684)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
I agree with you too. Thinking that people will do anything (and i mean ANYTHING!) just to gain higher ratings and increasing earnings makes it so unfair. But it's part of the game, right? Some people will really tend to compete just to succeed. I just hope the myLot admin's going to give its payments and ratings to those who really deserve it. :(
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@hottie0728 (1732)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I agree with you! In marking the best response on my discussions, I tried to read everyone of them to justify my choice. I pick the one who are likely to answer my discussion questions in the best way they can. Ii really doesn't matter if they are on my friends list or not. I just have to pick whichever I think is the BEST compared to others.
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• Australia
10 Feb 07
Unfortunately, it happens. I responded to one poster who asked for advice regarding issuing best reponse. At the same time, I reported a previous response which was definitely out of line. I posted a comment on that response, saying he was reported and why. On checking back later, I found the poster had given the best response to that one. It doesn't make sense. Everyone on myLot has the right to give the best response to whomever they like, but I have often seen them given to short responses which say nothing. One has to wonder.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I'm sure there are people here that do that. I don't think any of them are on my friends list. I don't partake of such fraudulent activities. I give best response to the person that I feel deserves it. Sometimes I have chosen too soon but how long can you wait. I try to wait for a discussion to become inactive for a few days unless something strikes me right away. But I like to give everyone a fair chance. I know some people can't log on to mylot everyday so I wait to be fair. If I only get a couple of responses and nothing stands out, I sometimes give it to the person with the lowest star rating to help them along. But I always try to be fair to everyone. I don't play favorites.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Honestly double 07 you posted a very good discussion so I had to rate it a good one...No it is not fair..This is what i try to do when i am choosing the best answer,trust me it is hard sometimes because they give such good answers it is hard to choose..I try to find the one that sticks to the subject and adds some humor and the one that i truely feel drawn too...thats the best I can do.Hope this helps
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
me too i do find it hard sometimes to choose BRs specially if there are too many good opinions...thats why i do rate all first - or + depending on the replies...and select the best reply latter...But what i saw here was a one liner out of context but was selected as best reply!very frustrating may i say...thanks friend for your honest opinion!peace!more blessings!
@Asylum (47256)
• Manchester, England
11 Feb 07
Yes, this type of practice will always prevail to some extent and there is very little that can be done about it. We have all seen such examples, where the best response has been a totally pointless submission with no value or input whatsoever, but it would be difficult for Mylot to intervene or to introduce guidelines governing the selection. The practice is not a prolific one, so I am inclined to ignore it and carry on regardless.
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• Philippines
12 Feb 07
Yeah friend i do agree with your notion that mylot per se cant do anything bout this situation...but for me its frustrating...anyway,your right about ignoring it and go on with my work...but i do hope they are able to read this discussion and open their mind as to what to do...peace!Happy valentine friend!
@chazdubs (249)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Would there be a motvie to rate best response? I mean does getting the best response earn you more money?
@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
11 Feb 07
I think the motive should be that you show your consideration for one of those who chose to respond to your discussion. Whether earnings are part of the equation is anyone's guess. However I have to admit that on a couple of occasions when I was pressed for time, instead of responding to new discussion I went to my unresolved list and marked some best responses, then checked discussions I responded to rating comments of others until I got to mine, sometimes commenting on them too, I found that my earnings were higher than they would normally have been when I responded to several new discussions. Dont know why it happens but I will accept it.