Discussions violating the discussion rules that are not deleted- is this fair?

@catcai (1057)
Philippines
April 6, 2007 10:44pm CST
I came across some discussions that have been started by some friends and they were kind and concerned enough to remind us of the Topic starting rules of MyLot. Rules that when broken can result to deletion of topics. These are rules imposed by the myLot authorities, but why do i still see some of these discussions which clearly violates the rules but is NOT deleted? Some are deleted- and some are not, but the bottom line is they both violated the rules. Why is this so? Does the number of responses gathered by these rule breaker discussions AFFECT whether or not the discussion will be deleted? for example I see discussion A: COngratulations to me im on my 100th post with 20 responses already then there's discussion B: Yey, im on my 100th post! with only 3 responses both of which has the same topics, both of which are about celebrating- then I find out that discussion B was deleted but when i search the topics, discussion A is still posted (i repeat this is just an example). Do you think this is fair? is there favoritism here? does the number of response affect the "deletability" of the topic even if the topic was a clear "rule violator" ?
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
Many people also think that sometimes their posst are deleted for no reasons, without the notification of mylot. Some people have followed the mylot posting guidelines, but they have their discussions deleted,on the other hand, some people seems to have violated the rules,but they are still here, they may had post some meaningless discussion,even worse, they may have 20 discussions like that in one day which members cannot actually reply to due to the lack of depth of the discussion. Members can only answer yes or no in these discussions. May be mylot staff do not have enough time to keep track with the activities of 85000 members, and they just have a random check on the discussions, that is why not all the discussions are checked properly.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
Yeah, something like that happened to me just recently. I dont think I was violating any rules, but my discussion disappeared nevertheless. The funny part is that in the response from myLot about why it was deleted I was told that they weren't really sure of why or when my discussion was deleted.
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@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Yeah, youre right of the 85000 members, it would really be hard to keep up- but sometimes I do my part in reporting these discussions but unfortunately, i guess they really are too busy to do something about those. =(
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
This may look unfair for us but I think they are deleting topics which has been discussed already. I guess it's pointless to keep the same topic here because it may end up recieving the same responses from those people who posted already on the other one. So if you are going to start a discussion here in myLot maybe it's better to start a new topic which are not yet discussed in here. At least you will be sure that it will not be deleted. Right now, I can hardly make a new topic here in myLot because almost all of the topics I want to start has been taken already, so I decided to post responses instead.
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@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Yes they do delete topics which have already been discussed, its true that its pointless to keep the same topic, but the problem is- that there are times that they tend to delete the "original" post or the INITIAL or the first post regarding a certain topic, while they let the "new" post of the same topics gather more responses. like for example USer A started a discussion on divorce 2 weeks ago and got like 5 responses then User B starts a new discusion on the SAME topic- divorce yesterday and has already garnered like 30 responses then after a few days upon checking the discussion posted by user A got deleted even if he was the 1st one to post about it while user B still has his discussion posted.... its crazy.. i guess popularity does count here on mylot...
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
7 Apr 07
This frustrates me too. I don't understand how they decide these things either but I do think it probably has something to do with popularity. If a discussion is getting a lot of attention, it''s good for the site regardless of content. If no one is paying attention to it, it's pointless so they get rid of it. Another thing I have a problem with is something that I'm not sure is technically against the rules but lacks common courtesy at least. One particular user floods an interest with all sorts of random questions and tags each one the exact same way. They have been doing this all week. I've reported it several times but apparently mylot doesn't view it as a violation so they are still here doing it. And when I say "flooding", I mean one night there were 11 pages under this interest from the same person. All of the questions are simple and could easily be looked up. I thought there was a rule against that but I guess not. This user has a 5 star so I guess it's not bothering everyone but I've watched them go from 300 to over 900 in a week. It's just annoying that this person is getting paid for that kind of thing while so many of us are working harder to have actual discussions.
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@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
I see this a lot too- and the discussion sometimes isn't even related to the interest... *sigh* oh well- it is not fair- because sometimes, they tend to delete good discussions simply because they dont have responses. If this is the case, then i hope that mylot will formalize this rule- that if you have made a discussion and youhave no responses- then it will get deleted. At least you wouldnt be surprised if your discussion did get deleted....
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
7 Apr 07
No I don't think that is fair, But I don't think mylot keeps one up just because it has lots of responses. More likely, someone gave a negative to the one that was deleted or reported it so it was brought to their attention. The other one flew under the radar somehow and either no oone reported it, or mylot never came across it. So I dont think it would be fair if they did it that way. But I don't believe that's how they do it, it seems like luck of the draw which posts get removed and which go un noticed.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
I've come across a small problem myself. Not exactly the way you state though. Last week I was trying to personalize my profile page and run into a problem when I couldn't change the color for the list of discussions. My background was darker and it was impossible to read the blue headings. I was able to change everything but that, so I decided to post a discussion in hopes that any mylotter would have a solution. I got an answer for that discussion and then next day it was gone, just like that. I couldn't understand it because I was almost sure that I hadn't violated any mylot rules so I send a message explaining the situation asking what happened and if I had violated any rules. I"m afraid the answer didn't explain much. The answer from myLot just told me that they didn't know why or when my discussion would have been deleted, although it added that they preferred that I did not start a discussion asking for help and ask myLot instead. Not that they said that they "preffered I didn't ask a help question" it doesn't necessarily mean that it is against the rules or else they would have said so straight out. Regardless the discussion disappeared but I still see many other discussions asking or help with something in mylot that were deleted. I really don't know in which way my discussion could lead to someone reporting it as violating any myLot rules, and even myLot told me that didn't know why or when it was deleted. Strange huh?
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
Sorry, fingers are going ahead of the brain LOL I meant to say that I still see many discussions asking for help with something about mylot that WEREN'T deleted.
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@User10 (82)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I think i've seen a few disscussions like that but I noticed that there were not to many responses to them.
@Darkwing (21588)
7 Apr 07
No, it isn't fair for one to be deleted and not the other but I guess that it's just that Mylot haven't gotten around to the second one yet, or maybe one was reported and not the other. I'm sure it will be deleted eventually and no, the number of responses doesn't make a difference except all of those members who posted responses will lose their points because they answered a discussion which broke the guidelines. I hope that's clear enough for you. Brightest Blessings.
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
I guess you are right. That is unfair. I have seen some discussion that violated the rules but haven't deleted I don't know if its because it has alot of number of response or mylot just overlooked it. But in fairness I can only see this kind of situation very rare.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
With over 85000 members it would be very difficult for Mylot to follow each and every discussion. The examples that you cited are indeed not quality discussions. I have reported other discussions to Mylot and asked the same question. They told me to report any discussion that violates the rules. I don't think the number of responses has any bearing on whether a discussion is removed or not. I have seen discussiones with huge numbers of responses removed and some with very few. It has surprised me at times of what was removed and what stayed.
• Singapore
7 Apr 07
Yes it is not fair. I have seen many discussions that violate rules, reported them but have had myLot done nothing about them. Yet I have seen good discussions I have replied to, not breaking any rules, yet deleted for no reasons. Welcome to myLot.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
These posts will not get deleted if we only try to stare at it, we should report them. Because it is our duty to reprimand all those who do not follow simple guidelines, if they are not deleted then I am sure they do not earn from it also. Just avoid those types of discussions, as it is not helpful to this site. Post only those we think would contribute to this site, because mylot only honors to their members who post discussions with good quality.