Why are there so many ignorant and poorly written discussions on Mylot?

United States
March 4, 2007 10:37pm CST
As a new mylot member, I have been looking with earnest at the discussions posted, hoping that something interesting or at least well-written will be posted. Unfortunately, the discussions that I have seen indicate to me that what is in demand here at Mylot is rehashed or irrelevant content rife with spelling and grammatical errors as well as significant errors in logic and judgement. Am I wrong for making such generalizations? Then please, tell me and restore my faith in those who post here.
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35 responses
• United States
5 Mar 07
Well, most of the time I would feel that way, too. I have observed that sometimes, there are better topics or discussions under "discussions with no responses". These discussions get me to think. A lot of members here are more into the money, so they would pick topics that are easy to respond to so that they could have more responses. That's also the reason why many would post useless topics because many would respond to these anyway. Whenever I get tired of finding better discussions to respond to, I just try to post my own discussions just to keep my sanity. It doesn't matter when only 2 or 3 would respond. I don't really care. Hope you enjoy your stay here. It takes getting used to. Hehe.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Thanks for choosing mine as the "best response"! Truly appreciate it.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
No problem... I liked your additude the best :)
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
Opps! You committed a spelling error additude is supposed to be attitude. I guess you have to understand that not everyone here is english proficient more so spelling as you yourself do commit from time to time more so for those that do not use english as their first language.
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
There are numerous mylot clients who cannot adequately express themselves in English. They are doing their best to be able to communicate and be understood. It seems like they are using mylot as one of the available tools to improve their written communication skills while earning some amount to augment their school allowances. These lot feel offended if comments like the one you are posting here come their way. You will have to have a much bigger heart to have room for their shortcomings.
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@limosonia1 (1560)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I believe your generalization is incorrect. You have to understand that there are many walks of life on mylot. A lot of them who are not from the US and aren't as fluent with the english language there for it is hard to write clearly what they think or what they are spelling. Everybody is trying and learning. That doesn't give any of us the right to make harsh and rapid decissions so quickly. Nobody should be judgemental about others.
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@Katlady2 (9921)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I agree that there are quite a few discussions containing alarmingly bad grammar and spelling. But I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are many, many people from other countries on this site, and they are still in the process of learning the ins and outs of the English lanquage and it's spellings. I've read several posts where the authors have said that being on this site has been helping them immensely in their learning. That said, yes, there are some people that just plain don't do well with grammar and writing, and they would benefit from taking some extra curricular classes to improve themselves. But all we can do is be tolerant and patient (as much as we can muster, anyway). Take care and God bless.
• India
5 Mar 07
I too am of the same mind as yours. But we can't help it . So choose to respond to only those with good content and well written.
• Canada
5 Mar 07
You are certainly not wrong. I have seen an awful lot of that myself, and it really drives me nuts!! I am surprised by some of the glaring mistakes. While it is true that a number of Mylotters don't speak fluent English, I know lots of others who don't speak fluent English yet manage to express themselves better. I just don't know what's going on.
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@alen0224 (528)
• China
5 Mar 07
No, you aren't wrong to make this generalization. As everyone know that mylot is opened to all counties, both English speaking countries and non-English speaking ones,thus, their English skills are in various levels,so it mustn't be possible that there isn't any spelling or grammatical errors in their postings or responses to us non-English speakers, and even if you are an English speaker, can you ensure that you can never make a spelling or grammatical errors? So please be tolerant to these errors on mylot, and the mylot terms also has their tolerace to them.
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• Canada
5 Mar 07
I do think you're being a little hasty. A lot of people who post here on MyLot don't use English as their first language and so they try to handle the language barrier as best they can. Some are better than others, but it depends on how well they have a grasp of the English language. On the other hand, there are a few people who make spelling mistakes, but more often it's typos that made it past their spell check. There may be errors in logic and judgement in your opinion, but don't forget that everyone else has an opinion too. They're just sharing theirs with people is all. Welcome to Mylot.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Unfortunately, i have to agree with you. Whereas not all myLot members are from english speaking countries and granted they will make mistakes, those who ARE from english speaking countires seem to be the ones making the worst mistakes. A lot of myLotters have a lot of great things to say, but it seems those who don't stick in your mind and are more prevalent.
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@bigfelah (73)
• New Zealand
5 Mar 07
Your assessment is a little on the harsh side to be sure. Yes you've heard the explanations of language, limited education, and the lack of time to always be meticulous in what you say or what you choose to talk about. I do not suffer from any of these impediments yet I never fail to make errors here and there even after double checking. Sometimes I read my postings and wonder what happened there? Or what was I on about(yet I had previously thought it brilliant)? I think that unless your a all-in-one editor, english literature professor, columnist, data entry maestro, professional writer and therapist, that you will fall victim at some stage, if not many, to the very things you are complaing of.
• New Zealand
5 Mar 07
.....complaining of. See what I mean??? Anyway, my advice is that you put in the time to find the discussions that appeal to you both topical and gramatically, then try and put their authors on your friends list. A win-win solution for you.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
I think a lot of people take the shorthand approach to writing. A lot of the people I'v read were from Asia, and the English was poor because I don't think its their first language. I agree with you that it would be nice to see more well thought out entries.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
I agree. There are many excellent English speakers and writers in Asia and every other continent.
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• Philippines
7 Mar 07
you know why my dear,,,some would like to earn much points that's why they want to interact with others though it's nonesense still they earn from it...just try to enjoy and don't bother others so that you won't get irritated. good day!!!
• Canada
6 Mar 07
you obviously havent run into my posts then. while void of most of englishes grammatical symbols such as commas i like to think i write my stuff well and present my points in such a way as to provoke thought and conversation
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@w1z111 (985)
• United States
6 Mar 07
As many others have noted, myLot is comprised of a virtual cross-section of the world cultures and civilizations. Not all cultures and civilizations agree in all things, even in how they describe something...especially if it's not in their native language. I think the point of myLot is better understood if we can overlook some of what might appear "less-than-perfect", just as we'd like others to view our own "less-than-perfectness". Peace! Enjoy! Share! Grow!
• United States
6 Mar 07
I have seen alot of posts where am like "hat are you talking about" Then again, I have also responded to a few interesting posts. You are always going to get people who have very outdated points of view. Thats just something we have to learn to deal with, or try to enlighten them...
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
We shoould understand that all walks of life are here at myLot, some really are not that fluent in English, but at least here they can express what they wanna say and practice every grammar or spelling and these can be their stepping stone in improving their English..
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@ArsonCuff (3121)
• United States
6 Mar 07
In your search for stirring interesting conversation and a plea for signs of intelligence upon the site you have decided to create a topic about how crappy the discussions are here...how original *sarcasm* ...but the nature of the site when it first draws people in is the "money" aspect and aside from coming here to chit-chat they are typing as fast as thier little fingers can muster to get those pennies. Mylot truly is not the definitive site for in depth discussions.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I'm in no way upset with people who struggle with English. Just from looking at profiles it appears that the majority of people here are not from the US, Canada, or UK. Alot of people here are from India, Thailand, Phillipines, etc. The thing that bugs me is when people write things like: dis iz da bom! ur 2 dum 2 unnerstan me. dis is how i talk ppl!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Mar 07
The usual, for those whose English not the main language, so they do have an excuse. As for the others, who are English speaking, well there is laziness and they are parrots who want to write what they think is inoffensive and agrees with everyone. This is why when I see restrictions against subjects, I cringe because even though the taboos are usually against someone saying that he plans to blow up the White House, hates people of a certain religion, or color, some people take it to mean even just mildly disagreeing with someone so they take the easy way out. Now for grammar and writing construction, I have this to say. I hate when someone uses cuz instead of because, etc. especially if that one went to University or is going to one. I never went to college or university and I write better than they do and this has been written as fast as I type.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
5 Mar 07
This site is full of people from all walks of life. Not only do you have many countries participating in discussions but all ages as well. I am a homemaker myself. I am a high school graduate and maybe my spelling is not perfect but there is no spell check to help you out on this site either. If you want perfection in writing you should start your own site where you can only have the most educated people speak. I may not be the best of writers but I enjoy this site and I enjoy getting a little money for doing something I like.