What if you want to mark two best responses?

@bluewings (3857)
February 22, 2007 4:01pm CST
I understand that there can be only one best response but what if you have two posts that are equally good and pertinent? I had a discussion in which two answers were equally befitting for best responses but didn't know how to go about it.Have you faced this dilemma in your discussions? How to you counter it?
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@dusty1020 (174)
• United States
22 Feb 07
how do you even pick a best response? im assuming it has to be from a post you started. but then what? is it something beyond just checking the plus mark box or is that it? ive ben confused about that ever since i realized that someone could pick a best response. thanks
@eykah13 (437)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
I think its a matter of choosing the best among the rest, and Prioritize. Keep smiling! ;D
@bluewings (3857)
12 Apr 07
I wish it was an easy task,lol.Smiling is a lot easier:D Thanks,eykah!
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• Malaysia
7 Mar 07
If I were you, I would just choose randomly from the two and then the other who did not get the best response will get a good recommendation in my discussion. I will do it so that it would be fair to both of them.
@bluewings (3857)
14 Mar 07
True,If I have more than one response that's great, I too want the respondents to know that I think their responses are very good.Thanks,ladysurvivor.
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Maybe it's not an entirely fair thing-- but sometimes a discussion will sit with 5-6 responses, I pick a "best," and a few days later the discussion is "off and running" (often for no reason I can find out) and ends up with 70 responses. At that point, I wish I could "unmark" the original best response, because several of the newer responses are MUCH better than the original best response. I realize this probably doesn't make sense, from a practical perspective, since "best responses" probably are part of the myLot earnings algorithm-- and making changes in the middle of a discussion would screw up things. Which is probably also why we can't "edit" our discussions. As a result, I tend to leave discussions "open" for a long time... as long as replies continue to come in OR until I have at least ONE response I consider "really good." Which-- of course-- also means that I may have a few discussions that end up "unresolved" forever.
@bluewings (3857)
6 Mar 07
lol Although I have started very few discussions ,I can completely relate to that.Yes,I am sure Mylot would have made it part of their algorithm and a change to the best response without messing up the computation of earnings won't be possible and that's why I can understand the need to keep a discussion open for as long as responses keep coming in.It would be so much easier if our brain was programmed to recognise the 'closest to perfect'lol but then we'd have other problems in life:-P
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@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
26 Feb 07
Bluewings, you are spot on. there are discussions that "take off", discussions that slowly gather momentum and those that remain in a state of "0" response for eternity. For the ones that take off rapidly, I ensure that I mark the best response before the first 30 responses are in. Otherwise it becomes a challenge. (I still have a couple of discussions that I need to resolve). For the slow ones I go ahead and mark them at some suitably whimsical time. And then comes along a post that blows all the others in terms of quality of response - after I have marked the best response. I comment very favourably on the response and say some nice things and ruminate on the unfairness of the universe!! lol.
@bluewings (3857)
26 Feb 07
lol!! You are a riot! I'll go through your discussions to study the best responses and the bomb that follows the best response.However,I wouldn't dare to change the law of the universe that you so eloquently expounded.lol
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Feb 07
well, i can relate to that totally. many a times i end up getting more than two even but all i could do is to rate them and repent. for my rule is, first come first best basis. i always mark the post best, instantly, which appeals to me. so you can understand my position after being getting more good, deserved responses. so, i respond to a few of their discussions just to overcome my guilt. that's how it works for me.
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@bluewings (3857)
23 Feb 07
That's another interesting way of giving the thumbs up! Yet again,it tells me that on Mylot we have more than a handful ways of saying 'I liked your post'.Yeah,instantly approving the one that appeals to you is fine too.Different strokes for different folks,I guess.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
Yes I am faced with this problem too. Not only having to choose between two equally good responses but many deserving to be the best. Unfortunately we can only choose one. I guess, the one who posted earlier will get the prize and a + mark will suffice for the rest. I can't think of no other way short of not choosing any best response at all. Even if mylot will introduce a second best response feature, it would also do injustice to other responses that are equally deserving. Well, after all, it's the early bird that gets the worm. LOL
@bluewings (3857)
23 Feb 07
So true.Mylot,thankfully, gives us more than one option of rewarding good responses when we consider the rating system.With an abundance of good writers it's always going to be a challange to choose a best response, but a problem of plenty is a good problem to have and one that I welcome.Another positive that comes out of several remarkable posts to our discussions is getting friends who invariably manufacture quality discussions that gets you thinking.
• Malaysia
24 Feb 07
I was in the same dilemma when i have to choose best respond, sometime it's hard to do. Anyway, for me it's ok if we choose whoever post ist thest response because it's just meet our needs and the answer really help some way. If later we get the same thing which is as good as before, then just say thank you :) i think it's enough since we can give + rate to them also.
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@bluewings (3857)
24 Feb 07
True.Sure they won't mind as long as they know you acknowledged and appreciated their response.How hard can it be.Thanks.
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• Malaysia
24 Feb 07
Our friend will know that we appreciate their respond in many ways. The way we respond back also can be consider as one. Even i don't expect to be selected as best response, i just post and write what in my mind, that's all...
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@bluewings (3857)
24 Feb 07
They say learning is a life long process.Cliche ,it may be,but when you are in a community like Mylot ,this fact is impressed on you every other moment.Thanks for enlightening me.
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• Malaysia
21 Jul 07
If I were you I would give the first person (just on random picking) the best response. Then I would go to my other discussions and see whether the second person had answered me with good quality content. If he/she deserves it, I would definitely award the best response to that second person. So in this way I would be able to be fair to both of them.
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@bluewings (3857)
21 Jul 07
Nice tips.It's been some time since I had to pick a BR as I haven't been posting discussions .I ,usually, went through the responses 2-3 times before filtering the select few from which I picked the BR.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I often find when I post a topic and have several responses that most of them are worthy of best response. I usually don't give best response because there are so many good answers. I just thank them all for posting and rate them positively. Now some topics I can and do rate best response. But for the most part I rate positively and thank everyone.
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@bluewings (3857)
13 Apr 07
I can relate to that,Mamasan.Sometimes,it's just too hard to pick a best response as there are so many perspectives,each one justifying it's reason even if they differ in their opinions.For those ones,I just pray to God and go for it,lol.Thanks:)
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@Josette_J (806)
• Malaysia
12 Apr 07
Yes, it can be a problem when selecting the best response. Sometimes, I get responses that are very good and long and I feel bad to give only ONE best response! They've took their time to write nicely and descriptively. But, we've got to face the fact, anyway. There can be only one winner, right? Only one Number 1.
@bluewings (3857)
12 Apr 07
I too wait and sit on a discussion for a long time when there are several responses that I think qualify.Ultimately,I do choose one as best and try to be fair.
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@sunita64 (6473)
• India
14 Mar 07
After marking the best response you must have observed that the option "mark me the best" is no more there, so that way we cannot mark two discussions as best, however in comments we can mention that we liked the reply and as there is no provision for marking two as best,so I am not able to do so.
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@bluewings (3857)
14 Mar 07
Yep,I could say straightup that I would have chosen your's as well if there was the option of two best responses.That's fair.Thankyou:)
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• Oman
14 Mar 07
I have faced that dilemma a couple of times. I normally wait atleast a week before I mark my best responses and if I have two or three that I like I just flip a coin. I wish there was a better way to choose.
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@bluewings (3857)
14 Mar 07
Yes,I too try to keep the discussion open for as long as I can.When I have 2 I can try using the coin, but when there are more than 2 competing with each other,I would need a coin with more faces.Thanks,hellsangelus!:-D
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• India
7 Mar 07
if i have received two response which i thought both are good than i just make one response BR sign and for second response i have reply with this comment that ur response is also a best response and i am giving u [+] sign .
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@bluewings (3857)
14 Mar 07
I usually rate all the responses (+) because I appreciate that they took time to respond to my discussion.Thanks.
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@xeron0719 (812)
• Hong Kong
26 Feb 07
It is hard to determine. Sometimes, I even cannot find a single response that is worth for me the choice it as the best response, sometimes, it has more than 1! But mylot seems does not support this multi-selection of best response. It this case, I think I will not rate both of them until a even better response appears. What do others think?
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@bluewings (3857)
26 Feb 07
lol That's another interesting way to look at it.Sooner or later you'd find one that doesn't have competition and you can choose it! Nice one.
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@kritipen (4083)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I have been in such a situation a couple of times. But i didnt have to choose from too many good responses. I have discussions which have many good responses and i have not yet marked a best response yet. I will follow this rule..i will pick out all the good responses till i can no more filter (which fit for a best response) and i will mark the response of the youngest amongst them as the best response after going through their profile because i think it requires greater effort from the side of an youngster to answer to some discussions than the older among mylot.
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@bluewings (3857)
26 Feb 07
Now,why didn't I think about that? Coz I was waiting to be told,I guess.Thankyou once again,Kritipen!:-)
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
24 Feb 07
I agree with gbala that it is very difficult sometimes to mark a best response. I look at them and see what has had the most thought put into the discussion. I sometimes look at the users profile also and decide from there if it is a hard decision. Good luck.
@bluewings (3857)
24 Feb 07
Thankyou ,14missy.I'll try to go with my instincts and expect the best response to select itself so all I do is a formality.That's such a cute pup you have in your avatar.Maybe it's not a pup ,but very adorable.
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• India
12 Apr 07
I would select the one from the two which will help me resolve my discussion....... if still I am not able to make it then I would go for a lottery ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................that's alll
@bluewings (3857)
12 Apr 07
Good for you.Next time try using less ' ... ' and more words.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I have had this happen to me on several occasions. It is really hard to make a decision and sometimes I end up putting it off when this happens. Eventually though I have to make the call. I might choose someone I have never chosen before, or I might make sure that they are an active member. I guess I would have to take it on a case by case basis, but I try to play fair.