Should there be some minimum 'word limit' for Comments & Discussions on myLot?

India
February 14, 2007 7:48am CST
Sample 1 : Title - Which is you favorite colour? Content - Which is our favorite colour? Sample 2 : Title - What is your age? Content - I am 20. How old are you? Sample 3 : Title - Which came first? Content - Egg or Chicken? Sample 4 : Title - Day or Night? Content - ? I hope, most of the members know, what I am tring to say. Very often, one finds such posts, and their number is increasing day by day on myLot. Its not only irritating to come across such posts, it also makes things difficult to find out readable discussions in between these stupid posts. Here are some of the replies, that I have come across : Sample 1 : Whhaaattt Sample 2 : Yes I agree with you. Sample 3 : No. Sample 4 : ? Again, useless to say, such replies can not help any discussion in any way. So, what can be a way out of this? I was thinking about this issue, and one thought came in my mind. I would like to share it with all of you. Here is what can be done to avoid such posts to be included or accepted : * A minimum word limit of around 25-30 words can be made compulsory for a discussion or a reply. An auto message should appear, if any one tries to submit any discussion or reply, which falls short of this word limit. * For someone tring to play tricks like repeating the same question again and again to get those word limit( for example - What is your age? What is your age? What is your..... or any such nonsense), there should be clear mention in the guidelines, that this will be treated as spamming, and such discussions will be deleated. * An alert should be send to all the members to make everyone aware of such a change in guidelines. What it would do, is that user will not be able to submit stupid posts, or replies, at the first place, and it would be easy for myLot to deal with junk posters or spammers, as no one will be able to submit a discussion or a reply, till he gets that minimum set word limit. We can expect that someone who makes a comment of around 25-30 words, will have to say something in it, and he will gradually realise that he can not get away by posting junk. At present, this is just a thought at its raw state, and it sure can be improved by your valuable inputs and suggestions. So, I would request all the concerend members, to share there views , on how do they see this idea. Hopefully, we can think together, and discuss this issue here, and if something substantial comes out this deiscussion, we can ask myLot, to take it into consideration. So, please have your say on this issue. Thank you.
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58 responses
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
14 Feb 07
To be perfectly honest, I do not care how many words another poster posts. I skip over all silly, stupid posts. I answer only ones that are have quality and that I know something about. This ensures me to post more than 3 words in my response. Mylot already doesn't pay for these types of posts and I believe they actually penaliza the posters... I think there are alot of guidelines already. I also feel that people can use mylot any way they choose- as long as they aren't harassing, or making people uncomfortable. So sorry but I'd have to disagree with word count. Just skip those discussions.
• India
14 Feb 07
Hmm,Ok, may be you dont have problem with that. But what I wanted to say is that those discussions are later deleted by myLot anyways. So , I thought it would be better if they can have a check on them from the begining. As I stated already, its the prevention that I am talking about.
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14 Feb 07
I think having a minimum word amount on replies will not only stop the stupid replies from happening they will also reduce the number of stupid questions as people won't be able to answer them as they won't be able to find enough words.
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• India
14 Feb 07
Yes, thats how i see it too.
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@mccullar (124)
• United States
15 Feb 07
yes that makse since and i do think you are correct. but look at the person above me she only answered with like 5 words! which is ok, but if there was a minimum word count she would not have been able to post!
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Good Point!
• United States
14 Feb 07
I can see where you are coming from. And i seem to run into the same types of post that you have listed above. I feel that some of this discussions are from the new mylot users. If you have not noticed. it's our job to let these new mylot users know how they can succeed in making money here on mylot. That way this discussions don't seem to happen so many times.
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• India
14 Feb 07
I think, if some new user gets an auto alert message like 'you need to have minimum 25 words in apost' , he can get idea from the very begining, about whst is being expected from him. Also, I have often, seen users having 1000 + posts, and still flooding away singer liners.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I can understand where you are coming from. But sometimes it's hard to have more words in a post. I rarely have that problem, but at times there are some discussions that are just asking for a simple answer, without alot of words to put with it.
• United States
14 Feb 07
I agree with the minimum number of word you suggest for opening a discussion. I think the minimum is too high for responses as there are some topics where I want to respond showing my appreciation such as jokes, recipes, good tips etc. This is a great topic, I don't think I have seen one addressing this before, thanks.
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• India
14 Feb 07
I know what you are tring to say, but I hope you also understand, what am I tring to say:). We got to compramise somewhere. Better use PM facilty for appreciation :)
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@pagibig (300)
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
I agree that there should be a minimum limit to our posts. Here's what mylot should do...MyLot should create a script to count the number of words, if it falls short of the limit, it will NOT store it in it's database. Which means it will be deleted immediately and will not be counted as a post. of course they should create a page that would give the alert on why it was deleted immediately.
• United States
14 Feb 07
I like your idea. I certainly think it would help keep mylot from being congested with useless posts. I find it easier to browse thru the discussions started by my friends. A lot of my friends do offer some interesting topics. Let's hope mylot will put your idea into good use.
• Pakistan
14 Feb 07
My Lot  - Please Respect It
Well I think The Word Limit Would Do A thing. But In this Case The users will write and increase the words by writing nonsense. They would not take any care in that case too. I thik it is the ethical dutu of one to be regular and work as per rules and guidelines. An alert regarding These Condition, however, should be sent to all my lot users and ask their opinion.
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@runsgame (2034)
• India
15 Feb 07
well analysed, and i am happy that the users are really creative and analytical. i also feel many times that the rule should contain some minimum words for a user. but one find day when i was going through one of the users comments while answeering a discussion , i just left out this thought of miunimum words. because , THERE ARE REALLY MANY GOOD MYLOT USERS WHO WANTS TO IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH SKILLS AND DUE TO THEIR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE THEY FEAR OR SOME TIME FEELS SHY IN ANSWERING THE DISCUSSIONS. But i also feel that the discussions like who came first egg or chicken type are to be deleted immediately by the mylot admin by giving immediate alert to the user who has created. wht do u say ?
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• India
15 Feb 07
As I have said already, 25-30 word limit is not that hard to achieve, even for people with ordinary english kniwledge. As, I see it, it will help in minimising those single word/liners discussions, like the egg or chicken, as you pointed out.
@emquinsat (1059)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I think this could be a good idea. Probably about 25 minimum words wouldn't hurt. That way we could get rid of the really short and uncaring responses. And for the topic starters, that would have to be good too since we would now need to create topics that would require longer answers.
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• India
15 Feb 07
Exactly.
• United States
15 Feb 07
As with the other content related sites that I participate in, word limit continues to be an issue. It seems to be a struggle to get these types of sites to incorporate some kind of standard. By biggest "Beef" pertaining to these types of so-called discussion submissions, is that, it in fact buries the quality discussions very quickly. So quickly, that by the time I have weeded through the firs four pages of "Todays Hot Topics" or any other "Topics", half of what was on page three is now on page four when I get there. I have tried to start quality discussions and debates. However, at this point it is seeming as though they will only be seen by those patient enough to dig through the muck. I do think your Idea is a good and plausible one. Have you sent your suggestion to Mylot staff?
• India
15 Feb 07
I wll sent a link to this discussion to myLot, once it gets completed, (for their consideration).
@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
14 Feb 07
there are some genuine discussions in categories like maths,puzzles etc where we cannot give 25-30 words reply.so it wont be possible to post reply for those topics.further now mylot are taking drastic steps and they are deleting the discussions as fastly as they can.it is all in the hands of the members to curb those by pressing the - and abuse marks and not replying to that discussion.
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• India
15 Feb 07
Well, as I have already said earlier, I dont think that 25 word limit is thaat big. Try asnwering most of the puzzles or maths questions, as see yourslef. I dont think, you can explain the solution in less than 25-30 words. Let me know, if you have other opinion on it.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
14 Feb 07
You will have to admit that there are some responses that just can be 25 words long. You straddle a line when trying to add wording when it just is not necessary. It is in the guidelines that the responses should be thought out. Don't see that happening alot. Even some of my friends will type a whole line in response to one of my discussions when they could answer and share something of relevance. Not sure how they make money. These restrictions would be not in the best interest. What is in the best interest if all read the guidelines and follow them. Just my thought!!
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• India
15 Feb 07
First odf all, I dont think 25 word limit is THAT MUCH. Just start counting the words, and you can see that I am already done with it - HERE! Next, as I see it, Mylot is not going to pay for those single liners or one word responses, even if it dont deletes it. So, I think, once we can have a word limit, it will be benfical for most of the members, as sooner or later , they are going to realise, that it has indirectly improved in bettering their earnings. As, I have siad earlier, for speerictions , one can use PM facilty. No need to post it as response.
@happymommy3 (2014)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I totally agree with you. It annoys me so much when I see such short and dumb posts like that. I mean it's so obvious some of those aren't even getting much responses and they still keep posting. There's one guy on here who has nothing but dumb questions like that. I also think there should be some guidelines to posting things like that. It would be really nice if mylot did do something about this. Good luck and hope we all can make a difference by this discussion.
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• India
14 Feb 07
I think, I know who that guy is! Anyways, lets hope for the best. Thanks for the encourgemnt and a positive response.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
14 Feb 07
As far as I was aware (and I maybe wrong), there is a limit here already, in so far as they do not pay out for one-word, or one-line posts. Therefore, although it doesn't actually stop people doing t, it will discourage them from doing it, becase at the end of the month when they "clean" the site, they will see their mney going down.
• India
14 Feb 07
What i mean to say is 'pevention is better than cure'. Pls read the post again for better understanding. Thank you.
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@ssh123 (31107)
• India
14 Feb 07
If all of us avoid such questions they feel frustrated. I conveniently avoid such questions. You have not added the following to the list: (matter within bracket is for jokesake) Coke or Pepsi (Sponsored by Pepsi) Coffee or Tea (coffee shop attendant) Icre Cream or Juice (Owner of Juice parlour) What is the time there (watchman or watch dealer) What you wear in the night (garment dealer I suppose) What is the colour you like (Artist or street painter) Colour of hair (barber awaiting to dye - die?) Full arm shirt or half sleeve (textile dealer or tailor) What mobile you have (Ericsson representative) I made it a policy to keep off from such questions. If any one answers such questions, chances are you may lose your response points too!!!
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• India
14 Feb 07
Its good that you avoid those posts. What I am trying to say is that these posts are deleted by mylot in their routine cleaning anyways, so why not to have an option, which can prevent them from being posted at the first place alltogether?
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@XxAngelxX (2835)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
I don't think it would make much of a difference if mylot attempted to have a word limit. Some people simply don't follow the rules. It is clearly stated that the discussions and responses have to be qualitative and still there are people posting silly things. I think we'll always have to deal with junk posters and spammers. I think we all have to do our best to try and ignore these discussions and move on to ones we feel do have the quality mylot requests.
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@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
15 Feb 07
this is a responsible discussion, i must say. i could not agree more with you on this. we should try and make the users conscious of the discussions they post.it's not only about our earnings, it's about making this place enviable and potential. many of the responses tells you about careful and situational dodging of inane posts! they even tells us how mylot follows a regular cleaning regime. well that is commendable but i feel, there is no harm in becoming more responsible and wise. it's not about my money it's about my surrounding and it cannot be denied that it helps either ways. thank you for a nice discussion and i just hope ppl here atleast make sure to to abide by this and make ths place a better one.
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@ogtuwan (312)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
Hi... I truly understand how you feel... But you know... That's how it works sometimes... best thing to do is, make a difference... If it is not acceptable to you then don't go with the flow... I personally have short posts too, I even have short response sometimes. But with all honestly, sometimes, one-liner statement can make you feel better... If the essence is already there, for me it wouldn't matter. Smile... Have a nice daY!
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@Patswords (189)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I agree with you. I am very new to MyLot however I have already found these nonsense post annoying. A minimum word limt with a pop up message when one starts to post a new discussion should certainly help. As I said I am new and was not aware that you can not paste unless you have a score of 500. I like to write on my Microsoft Word and then copy and paste. Well, as soon as I tried to paste on MyLot a message poped up saying that I couldn't without a score of at least 500. I understand the reasoning behind this and accept the policy. I think the same should be done for these nonsense messages.
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@CatEyes (2450)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I find it very irratating that I have to see these one liners, much less when they make it to the top discussions? How is this even possible? In the regualtions/rules that Mylot set; it states that you are NOT allowed to do such a thing; if one would only look under the guidlines it states what one can do and not do. I wish that they would simply follow the rules; we would all be better of doing so.
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