Newbies.. respond or leave them?

@dpauli (407)
Indonesia
April 11, 2007 10:53pm CST
I notice that those who hit 500 up always got many responses, even touch 100 responses to a question that's not respectfully need so much 'response', and a lot of responses similar to each other. Meanwhile for the newbies, it's so difficult to get 2 digits of total responses. I wonder if in this community, the tendency is to answer only to those with high reputation or only those in your friend lists. Can you explain this situation? What dou you personally think? Do you often response to the newbie's? What's your motivation on giving response to a discussion, because of friends or because you are interested in the topic or want to help out. I'm sure this will encourage and help so much newbies and keep this community alive.
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@kynni204 (2031)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I am a "newbie" and I think I do o.k. First of all you should start with an avatar. A personalized picture usually attracts people to your discussion. I don't think it has anything to do with reputation although friends do support each other. If someone is popular or not/friend or not if a discussion is something I can elaborate on then so be it. You will get a large turn out from this one because many people will have something to add.
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• India
13 Apr 07
I am also a "newbie" here. I have not yet added my "Avtaar" here. But now I think I should follow your idea of adding an "Avataar". This will help me to look my discussions or responses attrative besides People will be able to recognise me easily.
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
i do respond to a lot of discussions of newbies because i was and still am a newbie myself. everybody started out as a newbie here in mylot. :) there are some mylot users who tend to answer only those in their freinds' list. sometimes i'm like that too. but i tend to keep to discussions that concerns or interests me. from time to time there are questions from newbies that needs help or clarification about mylot, i do respond to those because i remember my first few days here in mylot, not knowing anybody and what to do or not to do. the first few discussions are usually the hardest. don't lose heart if you can't get 100 responses or more. it is better to get 10 quality responses than 100 responses with only a few quality ones. i respond to discussions that interest me or discussions that i think i could help out or be useful of. i tend to avoid discussions with so many responses already, because i'd figure that somehow, answers are already within those dozens of responses already. i was fortunate as a newbie coz i learned a lot at an early stage. so many mylot users are very helpful to newbies too. just keep on enjoying mylot. add friends in your list and choose quality ones. respond to quality discussions and start quality discussions too by keeping to your area of interest. don't be bothered about the number of responses you get. stick to the quality of responses you have. it's a good practice to rate the responses you receive as well as discussions you respond to. add comments to your discussions, it helps to encourage more participation from mylot users. always give it your best shot... it always pays off. :) goodluck!
@dpauli (407)
• Indonesia
13 Apr 07
What a response, lol. Thanks for your qualified posts.
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
terima kasih! ;) thanks for the BR. i appreciate it. goodluck, you have 93 posts already. 7 more posts and you will have a star rating. :) continue to enjoy mylot. :)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
I do not base my responses on someone's rating, or how many responses that person has, or how long they've been a member of MyLot, I base my responses on the discussion, and whether or not it's the type of conversation I wish to repond to. If I want to respond I will.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Me too. If your discussion happens to be one that I think I can add my 5cents to, then I will. I don't base it on whether that discussion came from someone new, or someone who has been in mylot of years.
@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I am just a newbee here. But I try to answer questions that are relevant to me. I mean, why would someone want to answer questions about something they don't have any knowledge on? I'm with you danish! By the way, I have requested you for my friend list.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
12 Apr 07
Hi, I've been here for quite awhile now and have found some very valuable friends. Most of my friends answer any discussions that I have as we all have the same interests in common, and I do the same with theirs. Because we have been here for awhile I for one will tend to answer my friends comments first as I know I will always find a decent discussion to answer by looking at theirs. Then I will go in search of new discussions, like I have done with yours. The more people who answer your discussions, the more likely your post will go to the top of the boards like 'recent discussion' and 'top discussions' therefore attracting larger number of responses. So here's my tip, pick your friends well as they will generally go through your discussions and answer them, pick friends with similar interests and try to avoid those friends who have over 100 friends of their own as they will already have enough on their plate trying to please all their own friends. Hope this helps you.
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@dpauli (407)
• Indonesia
12 Apr 07
Yeah, that helps a lot, for all newbies as well. Thanks
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
It is true that newbies would find it a little difficult to gather responses because it is expected that newbies have a smaller number of friends in the community. A good number of friends actually give a great probability of achieving responses because there are more people who could either see your discussions or 'revive' it so it again appears at the top. But as far as I am concerned, responding to a newbie is good since all of us would have to get through being a newbie ourselves. It's like helping out a younger brother. If I spot a newbie's discussion which I think is sensibe enough, I'd respond to it..
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
12 Apr 07
The people with 500 or more had to start at one just like everybody else. The more you are on here, the more you get a feel for what people like to talk about. Then you will get more responses. Most people like to talk about themselves and keep it simple. Make it fun for them or something you feel that everyone can relate to. There are going to be times when you start dicussions and want a lot of responses, but there are also going to be times when you need advice, need to vent, or simply feel passionate about something and you will appreciate quality over quantity. I too, like to go to the ones with no reponses, because then I can give my opinion without having to read through a lot of other peoples opinion first. It takes up a lot of time and can be frustrating to try to understand where they are coming from. But if you are going to post on one with a lot of responses, try and make sure that you are not making the same point that somebody else has made. It may be similiar, but try to had a different twist to it. When I post a response, if it is needed I will look at the persons profile to see things like how old they are, whether theyare male or female, where they live, because their culture can be different from yours. There are times when you will be curious as to how many post a person has made and their over all rating, but for me, at least, this has nothing to do with whether or not I respond. There are certain things that I have no interest in like for the ost part, sports, politics, western movies and things like that, so I just skip right over those and find something that interest me.
@uiwwitch (892)
• United States
12 Apr 07
now that i have reached my first 100, I understand how the star rating works for the thread starter. It tells the other members your reputation, meaning people have given you + rating because they appreciate and your discussions are worth reading and responding to.
• United States
13 Apr 07
I think you did pretty well on this discussion for being new here. I also had the same experience when I first started. As did everyone here at mylot. It's kind of like discrimination because they pick and choose who they will respond to and usually newbies are on the bottom of the list. I answer the discussions that is interesting to me and my friend's responses too. I try to respond to newbies and make them my friend so that they don't feel as left out as most of us did at first. Good discussion. You'll do well here if you keep up these good discussions.
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@dpauli (407)
• Indonesia
13 Apr 07
Thank you, bro. Your support means a lot. Good luck
@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
13 Apr 07
I don't even look at the rating by the users name when looking at discussions, I only reply to ones that interest me. Perhaps it is just because newbies aren't fully aware of all the rules yet so aren't posting topics that encite further discussion? And yes the friend factor probably does make a difference, I often look under discussions my friends made to see what's going on. But I also look in new discussions to :) And many discussions will have simialr responses because not everybody reads all the replies (I usually just skim over the first page before responding)
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@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
13 Apr 07
I response the discussion not base on someone's rating, or how many responses that person has, or how long they have been a member of MyLot, My response is base on the discussion, and whether or not it is the type of conversation I wish to respond to. If I want to respond the discussion,your thinking maybe the people who has hit 500 has been members for a long time and have a lot of friends on their list so they will get a lot of responses. As for new members discussions, I usually start by looking through the discussions with no responses.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
12 Apr 07
according to me it does not depend on the reputation of the user for me to respond to the discussion.i usually reply to discussion in which i am interested and it doesnt matter if it is friends list or not.well i have over 500 posts and i havent still been able to get 2 digit responses as yet.so i think it all depends on how interesting the topic is and how many are attracted towards it to reply to it.
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@jurazg (409)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
12 Apr 07
Look someone who has 500+ posts is very active on this lets say form and i quess he has got lots of friends and on you homepage you see topics of your frineds you respond on them. alos to have more responses put your topic in some interest so group of people who are interested in that will respond. Also you now got in today's most popular topisc so it will also help cause i found out for it there. YOu should also write topics where people will have to write their opinions and explanations. My best responded topic is one with 37 responses so far in less then two days. Check it out it is very interesting . It is about making really good money online.
• United States
12 Apr 07
I usually do not respond for a lot of reasons. For one, a lot of questions that the new ones ask can be answered if they'd just take the time to read. They usually do not and just jump right into asking questions and they never search to see if their question has been answered before so it's just the same old stuff day in and day out. I get tired of seeing them clog up the boards, so I'd rather not reply to them. If they can't take the time to read and find out for themselves, then maybe they shouldn't be here. I also get tired of newbie's asking questions as to why mylot is cheating them. Mylot obviously is not and is only taking away for non-quality posts and discussions they've replied to that did not fit the quality criteria. Mylot isn't cheating anyone and reserves the right to take away money or add at any time, it says so right on your earnings page. If people are too blind to read that, then I suggest they go somewhere else and earn a bit of cash where they won't be 'cheated'. I reply to different people all the time, but if you ask a question about something that can be read, or found just by searching because it's been asked so many times before, I refuse to respond.
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• India
12 Apr 07
I have also noticed the same thing. Only thing that speaks here is reputation. If you have a good star rating and high number of posts, then you will always get enough replies to your discussion topics. I have seen that in many cases. But newbies do not get that response.
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@lifetalk (681)
• Pakistan
12 Apr 07
Well, i'd say, all those who have 500 and above posts, they all started out as newbies. DId they not? They never started with the 500 post mark! Even me, all my discussions were like, the maximum number of responses i got were 7. And this has so discouraged me, that now i dont start discussions at all. I might do that, but as of now, NO! I'd much rather be posting replies and earning for that!
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@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
12 Apr 07
i understand what you mean. its because we are here for a longer time and made friends, so we look at their discussions. but i always try to help newbies to have a good start. but its very hard today, because there are lots of oneliners or others against the guidlines. but if im able to reply i do it. i dont see a reason, why not. we all where newbes once.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
I think that people who have already a lot of posts have been here quite awhile and so have acquired quite a few friends. When you have friends, it is natural to respond to them first. That's probably why old timers have more responses to their threads. But everybody starts out as newbies! They got to where they are because they stuck it out, just kept posting responses, and sooner or later, you get known by the others in this community. So don't get disheartened! It's like moving to a new place, initially, you don't know anybody there, but if you've been living there for a while, you'll know your neighbors!
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
Yes the majority of members that have over 500 up with points mostly have a lot of responses, even some with 100 responses although this is extremely hard to get 100 responses I think it maybe due to they must have a huge database of friends. and a lot of responses would be the same. I do not think so as people are different and I would not like to necessarily respond to other members unless they are my friend with this amount of responses I love to help the new members as much as I can.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
Not all discussions started by people who have been here for a while get a lot of responses. I've had a few that got almost none. But, those that have been here longer probably have more friends and more visibility than someone who is new. Also, someone who has been here a while knows a little bit about what discussions are going to get responses and what ones don't. Some of the new people haven't learned that yet. But, the longer they're here, the more they can learn and increase the amount of responses.
• Malaysia
12 Apr 07
actually.. im not really sure with mylot system.. i posted quite alot yesterday.. i gain lesser than what i post the day before.. why is the happening? is it some kind of discrimination? or .. people just refuse to post in ur discussion? gosh.. this is so...... speechless
@dpauli (407)
• Indonesia
13 Apr 07
I think mylot doesn't count quantity of your posts, but the quality in it. One qualified answer earn more than 10 one liner answer. Keep posting and learn more, bro!