Do you find that when your post is very long, you get less responses?

United States
March 10, 2007 12:02am CST
I know mylot wants us to have quality discussions and I am all for that. But I have noticed that quite a few discussions lately are so very long, that I lose track of what they are talking about, or they completely confuse me as to what they want a response on. Some people are copying and pasting lengthy articles as well. I was wondering if when you have an extra long post, do you find that your responses are fewer? I personally like a discussion that is to the point & doesn't take 5 minutes to read.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
If they are to long I know I don't even read them. Also some people don't know how to hit the enter button. It's about a page long and it just runs on and on. It may be a good topic but I loose my place one to many times and just say the heck with it.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I know, if they chase too many rabbits or post things just to make it look like it may be a good discussion or to just get an extra penney out of it, it's a turn off. I don't mind a discussion that is a couple of paragraphs if it is interesting and neccesary to make the point. Thanks for sharing with me.
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I have noticed that. Sometimes I write little humorous (hopefully) pieces that are a little bit longer than most and these tend to get very few responses. I don't know if my discussions suck or if people just don't want to take the time to read them.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
That is what I was wondering about. If others find that if the discussion topic is too long or has a lot of unnecessary links and a lot of copying/pasting if they receive fewer replies or not. Thank you for sharing with me.
• United States
11 Mar 07
When I have a discussion to post that involves copying and pasting I use what I want from the article to make my point. I then give the link to the complete article incase someone want to read it all or see where I got my information.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Some posts I've seen are nothing but a copy/paste discussion. If it is necessary or a vital part of the discussion, the links are great for reference. I've used several of the necessary links to further search a subject, but when it looks like it is all just to get a few pennines more for the post or is confusing or not interesting, I just don't read or respond to it. Thanks for sharing with me.
• United States
10 Mar 07
Your length of this one is about as long as I personally will read. I do not stay interested in novals here. I don't care what length MyLot wants. I will respond as long as it takes to say what I have to say. Nice post. I am rating you a + for it. Have a great day.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Thank you for sharing with me. I am that way too. If it is long and confusing I don't finish reading it. I will delete it if I find that it nothing but copy/paste, links, etc. Useless information or just rambling to get an extra few cents for posting it.
@missybal (4493)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I don't mind if it's lengthy to a certain extent but as you said if it's all over the place and you don't even understand the question. I have however seen some people simply write as a response that sorry your discussion is too long for me to take the time to read. However I try to read them if they have something I am interested, but some of these things that are just some mile long joke or list of something or another I don't bother.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I have been tempted to write that the post was too long to read or didn't make sense, but I don't b/c I don't want a negative rating. But if the subject is of interest or I think I may have something to add to the discussion I will read it and reply. But I am like you, I will delete it if it a long joke or a lot of copy/paste and links just to make a few pennies more. Thanks for responding.
@classy56 (2884)
• United States
10 Mar 07
i sometimes get confused as to what part they want a response on.when the discussion is about 2 or 3 subject.but i dont mind reading them.but like you i like the ones that gets right to the point an dont have a long story behind it.it takes long enough to find something to response to an digging through the discussion.
• United States
10 Mar 07
That's me. I will look until I find a discussion that can be easily read and related to. I don't respond unless I have something to add, but I have noticed that the ones that have the most responses are the ones that get right to the point. Not one or two liner discussions, but not a novel either.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
10 Mar 07
It doesn't matter to me how long a post is to me. I read all of my friends discussions through my email. If they are extremely long, so long as at the end they have reiterated what they were looking for in a response then I will respond if I have something to contribute to the discussion. If it needs some thought then I put it into a folder that's marked need some thought, then I go back to it later in the day to respond. The ones that I find difficult are when they don't clearly say what they are looking for, especially rants. I find that most of them really have no clear questions being asked. Those even though I read them I really usually have nothing to contribute. Hope that makes sense! :)
• United States
10 Mar 07
It just seems to me that especially for those looking to make money on mylot, that they would not only want a quality discussion, but quality responses. I have found myself trying to read through some very lengthy discussions only to either be bored & can't find the point of the discussion except that this person wants it to look "quality" or the person just chased rabbits and makes no sense.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
10 Mar 07
ROTFLOL, I do get your point, as I have ran across a few post like that myself. I actually think I enjoy some of the long posts, as I like to have as much info as possible to give a response. However I do agree with you that at the end they should make it clear what they were looking for, in regards to their discussion. If they don't make it clear, then I don't respond. They also have no one to blame for not getting the responses they wanted but themselves. :)
14 Mar 07
I havent worked it all out yet. Do you get more money for posting longer topics, why some topics dont get any posts at all and if you get more money if more people reply? I have started a few topics now and it always surprises me which topics do better than others. I agree with you though, straight to the point and not too lengthy is good.
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• United States
16 Mar 07
I don't know if you get more money for longer posts, I know quality discussions seem to pay more from what I have heard from others on mylot. I was just wondering if others were like me, if it is long and makes no sense do they read it and respond to it, or delete it. I especially love to participate with the ones that are straight to the point and interesting. If it's too long and too many links to search, I feel like it is school work and not leisure time. Thanks for sharing with me.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
Me too but sometimes the post has to be lengthy,depending on what they are talking about
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• United States
14 Mar 07
If it pertains to the discussion and is necessary to make a point, then I don't mind and I will read and likewise respond. But when they just copy & paste and insert links just to make it appear as an essential discussion or to make a few extra pennies on it and it is long and dull and has no point to it, I usually get confused and just delete it. Thank you for sharing with me.
@GardenGerty (83294)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Mar 07
It may sound funny, but I have never really noticed/tracked that aspect of a discussion. I like to have more than ten, but not hundreds of responses. I would guess, just from looking at how pleasing your discussion looks to the eye, that six lines of text are probably plenty, but sometimes more is required. Some discussions actually hold two or more discussions in one, but the poster doesn't realize it.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I agree, sometimes more is required to make the point. But also if they ramble or just post for the sake of posting something, it makes it too confusing to know just what they are wanting from the discussion. Thanks for responding.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Yes, I have noticed that longer posts do not get as rich of response. Sadly, what seems to get the most robust responses are the shallow do you prefer 'X' or 'Y?' It is ridiculous. If you put something up that requires any creativity, don't expect responses either! It seems folks just want to say, " I like 'X'" and move on. Sad, very sad.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I know mylot doesn't like for us to post one liners, and I don't like them either. What I was thinking when I posted this one was the fact that I had encountered several discussions that were obviously aimed at getting every penney's worth. Too many copy/post, links, etc. If it is part of the discussion I find it helpful. But if it is just to look like an attempt at a viable discussion it is a turn off. I agree with the way you feel about the short one word or one liner discussion/responses. Thank you for sharing with me :)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I like pretty direct posts too. I understand that sometimes the post must be long to make sense. I too get lost and forget the topic when they are too long. Many times that will turn me off of replying. I myself have not really posted anything that long. Doesn't matter I still don't get many replies. (I decided that I'm boring ;) ). I guess it would probably affect peoples replies.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I like the direct posts myself. Or a topic of interest. I have received so much good useful information from the discussions on mylot. But I did wonder about the responses on these long, confusing posts. Thanks for sharing with me :)
• Canada
10 Mar 07
Well to read a 5 minutes long post it need to be interesting for the person that read it
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Yes I agree. If the discussion is a good one, one that is of interest and the length of it is because it is a valid part of the discussion, I don't mind. But I turn away from one that is full of copying/pasting, links, etc. Waste of time. They didn't write most of it, they just saw something that looked like it would make the discussion look like a quality piece of work and used it.
• Canada
10 Mar 07
I don't mind long discussions as such, but when those discussions are copy/paste jobs full of useless information, I don't even read. If there's a question in that duscussions, I'll try to answer it, but a lot of times, I find it's just mindless rambling lol. I prefer shorter discussions that actually have something to them.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
That's the way I am too. If it's long because they are actually discussing something, fine. But when I see a lot of links, copying and pasting, etc. I know what they are doing. I'd rather not have all that extra and have people read my discussions and respond to them, than try to rack up and extra .10 on it.
• United States
10 Mar 07
I agree, i think that quantity does not always entail quality; if the discussion is popular, then it shouldn't matter whether it's long or not. Whenever i talk to my friends, i don't want to be talking about one thing for five minutes when it can be said in only like 10 seconds.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Exactly my point. Most of us here on mylot are very active in responding to discussions. It just occured to me after I had a day of deleting a lot of long discussions that went nowhere, that others may feel the same way. If I wasn't reading and responding, others may not be either.
• Dallas, Texas
10 Mar 07
I do not mind the question being ling if it is something I am interested in. I think sometimes people are not asking questions - they are stating their opinion and want someone to agree. Seems like we are playing jeopardy sometimes. But I still like to see others views on things regaurdless.
• United States
12 Mar 07
If it is a long post b/c they are trying to make a point or is part of the discussion, that's ok. But what turns me away is when it is long only b/c they think it will make it look more like a real quality discussion and has a lot of copying/pasting, etc. It is a real turn off.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I find that to be true too. I really hate reading real long posts when I first look at them I say oh now but I usually start to read them and its not that bad.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
If they are interesting and have a point, yes I agree. But when you see they are just trying to copy, paste, put pictures, links, etc. just to make money, it is a turn off. For me anyway.
@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I have found that if a discussion is extremely long by the time I get to the end it seems everything has been said and I don't know how to respond or I have been bored with too many details. Ok, I admit I do occassionally post some kinda long ones but haven't noticed a diffence in responses - I think sometimes it depends on the content of the long discussion. I've also seen and posted a lot of short discussions that get few responses.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
That is what I was curious about. Whether mylotters noticed fewer responses when the discussion is so long. Some subjects take a little more writing, but my goodness, sometimes I see them where they have copied, pasted, posted links, and it seems like all they are doing is trying to use as many different things to get extra money for that one discussion. It just turns me away and I delete it. I'm sure I've missed a lot of good ones, but I just don't have the time or patience to read all those long posts.
@rosie_123 (6118)
10 Mar 07
Actually, yes - I have to agree with you. I guess if you are home all day, and have more time, then these long posts are interesting to read, but I am here for a limited amount of time because of my full-time job, and long, rambling, starter posts just turn me off, and I tend not to read them! It's a shame, because I'm sure some of them are very interesting, but I would prefer to skim through all my friends' posts, and answer as many of them as I can to help them, without having to spend half an hour reading one topic. Cheers!
• United States
10 Mar 07
My point exactly. Sometimes if I am in a rush, or just tired after being on the computer or busy during the day, I just want to relax and enjoy my time on mylot. And a long discussion turns me off, it's too much. I think you can have a quality discussion without being so long. Thanks for responding.
@steney (1418)
• Philippines
29 May 07
I get confused too when reading lengthy discussions. Sometimes, there are more than 5 questions in it that I lose track of what I'd like to say. Oftentimes, I'd just hit the back button and look for other discussions that are more straight to the point and concise. As I'm only mylotting in my free time, I'd like to make the most out of my time and not spend too much time in a single post.