When do you mark the best response?
July 18, 2007 12:56am CST
I'm just curious. Being fairly new to the site (only been here a couple of weeks), I was wondering if there's a "standard" of when you should mark the best response to your discussion. So tell me, when do you mark the best response in a discussion you started? Is it a time frame? Do you do it after you've gotten a certain number of responses? Do you automatically mark the first responder as the best response?
18 Jul 07
Hello wiccania! There is no particular "standard" as to when one should mark a best response, neither from mylot nor a well understood or accepted rule of thumb in the community itself. There is large variety of "Time frame" or the method used by users to mark a best response. Mylot does recommend to wait for a while marking best response, If I remember correctly it was something like a week or so but it is just a recommendation. People have their own tastes in this regard. I haven't seen many people who would just mark the first ever response as best response, there are examples though. There are people who would mark a best response from the first 10 respondents whenever there are 10. So, they will mark in an hour if there are already 10 responses or will wait for weeks until there are at least 10 responses. you may also come across people who mark the best response to the very first person whose response they liked. Again, you will see these people selecting a best response in an hour if their "wanted" response or a response they really liked appears or they may not mark it for months just because they don't feel any response deserving to be nominated as best. Normally though, majority of the people wait for some time before they mark a best response. Again, majority of this majority likes to wait for at least a week. There are some who wait for two or three weeks or even a month before calling it off. However, definition of "week" vary here; for some, It is in terms of start time of discussion and for others it is the time passed after the last response they receive. I tend to be in the later category i.e. I wait for a week (not strictly, though) after I receive the last response before I mark the best response. For me, it gives a fair chance to all who can possibly reply to my discussion. It also allows me not to pile up many discussions in "my unresolved discussions" section because it may become difficult after that owing to the fact that I may have to deal with bundles of responses thus losing merit in selection.
8 Apr 08
Everytime I check discussions I started, I look out for interesting resonses, usally they are quality responses-but amazingly sometimes I give BR for naive, and almost foolish responses and am sure those who get such wonder if am sane, but it is just being sarcastic
• United States
18 Jul 07
When I was relatively new I never waited, pretty much the best answer at the time got it. Later on though, I realized that I would get some better responses after a day or two, so I started waiting a week by default - no matter how little or how much responses I received. I think it all varies depending on the discussion, some discussions move really fast, even after a week! If that's the case I would give it two weeks, and see if the reply flow slows. If it doesn't, I'd wait another week, and so on. Other discussions die out at 1 page, so those I give the default week - and if no movement goes one in the last day or two then I give BR. But it's all relative. Sometimes I have someone go in and bump an old discussion and I get a better response than what I marked. But people understand, just do your best with what you have at the time and you'll fair just fine! :)
• United States
18 Jul 07
It is not really a timeframe for me but I do like to give a discussion at least a week. I am trying to get in the habit of having clean up day every couple of weeks where I will go in and visit the 'my unresolved discussions' section which is a list of all your discussions still needing a best response added. Personally, I don't think giving the mark to the first responder is good practice. I really do try to choose the response that was written with the most quality and addressed the topic. Welcome to the site. I hope you are enjoying yourself here. You will get into a routine way of doing things soon. This is a good way to get used to things by asking others input.