How long do you spend on a good response?

United States
November 9, 2007 3:11pm CST
It usually takes me a few minutes to think about the discussion before I start pounding away at the keyboard with my content.I am very curious though in finding out exactly how much time the majority of the people on here do spend on a good solid response to a discussion. Feel free to tell us all about your experience when it comes to stuff like this on here. I am sure it would be interesting to know this information.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
9 Nov 07
I will spend as much time as I need to. Sometimes I can answer immediately, punch the keys and be done in under 5 minutes. Other times I have a lot to say and want to put more thought into it. I know I have spent 20-30 minutes on a single response many times since I've been here.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
I thank you very much for your response. I believe it will be interesting others to hear from others on here that spend a great deal of time sifting through the discussions that are growing on a daily basis. See what curiosity does to the cat huh? :)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
Naturally each one is different. Sometimes I don't even want to leave an answer after reading the discussion the author has started so I don't. I sometimes moved into action and have to speak immediately. There are times I want to speak but can't seem to put my feelings thoughts and ideas into words. So you can see it can be from a few short minutes to many more minutes. I don't know if this really answers your question; does it?
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@FLmom26 (142)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I've just started out as well, but usually just a few minutes is all it takes me. I will take a little time to read over the other peoples responses too, especially when it's a discussion asking for advice. I want my contribution to be valueable to the person asking. So usually a few minutes to type but maybe a little more to get my thoughts together.
• India
10 Nov 07
It usually take me one or two minute to think about the discussion and the response and then when i know what to say and then i put them in words...
@Unl3ashed (111)
• Belgium
10 Nov 07
well, when i really have to think about it and i want to make a good response to discution i find very interesting, i usualy spend about 10 - 15 minutes typing. this way i'm sure that my response is of decent quality and people will enjoy reading it :)
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
10 Nov 07
This depends on the topic of course. If it is some conceptual discussion I start framing the layout within my mind and organise it mentally before I start typing this . But if it is some mundane affair, or some sharing of experience, then it is a simple matter of writing while you recollect.If it is a viewpoint regarding a particular problem a fellow member faces , or a suggestion offered, then it takes more time than the last mentioned but less than a conceptual response. The most important thing for me is that I should feel that I have contributed to the discussion in a genuine manner.
@smacksman (6074)
10 Nov 07
It depends on how the passion takes me but once started it is only a minute or so. The real time consumer is reading the other topics and replys - but then that is what is fun here, reading what people all around the world think on a subject. I do notice that the bias on the replies can change after one good post that puts an alternative argument in a clear and precise way. People are swayed by a good argument which is of course what all good politicians know all about. haha
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
10 Nov 07
well to me it really depends on what the topic of the discussion is and how much i know about that topic.sometimes i feel like i write a book and sometimes i dont have too much info to put to the discussion,so it really varies.if it is a topic i really enjoy i can write away.
@Lifeless (2638)
• India
10 Nov 07
Hi there.. I usually takes me less than a minute to think abt what shud I write abt the dicussion.. And then only a couple of mins before I am finished with my response... I am pretty fast at responding...
@rakeshdas (428)
• India
10 Nov 07
tricky question !!! initially I used to take some 10/12 minutes but now 3/4 minutes is quite enough !! glad to know about others too!!
@caf48180 (281)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I am still pretty new but I type very fast. I would say around 1 minute is what it takes for a good answer.
@Sunset50 (1397)
• United States
9 Nov 07
I like to look at others responses before I answer a topic, and give alot of thought to how I want to contribute. Today I opened a discussion, read it a couple of times, then deciding I wanted to be sure that my example was correct, I checked out a couple of websites. It is now two hours later and I have not responded yet as the topic opened up different responses I could. By tomorrow I will go back and try to find it again and respond to it. Most times I will take maybe 5 to 10 minutes thinking about what the topic is really about and to type my response.
@talisman (1308)
• United States
9 Nov 07
With me, it really depends on what the discussion is about. I don't know any exact times, just some things take longer than others. If it's a subject that I'm really familiar with, I can type off a really good response quickly. If it's a discussion asking for advice, I usually think about what I'm going to say first, unless of course it's a situation that requires advice that I've given a lot. I give advice on several other sites on a daily basis, so I'm familiar with a TON of things that people commonly need advice for. You'd be surprised how often generic advice works, although I always try to personalize it to the person's exact situation. If the discussion is about something I'm not too familiar with, but can respond to, I usually have to take my time to respond. If the discussion only requires a short answer, I usually take my time to make it longer so I can get paid, lol! And with your discussion, I took the time to think about it and give a good explanation :)