Do you think MyLot should reorganise the Interests classifications?
June 20, 2008 3:17pm CST
Whenever one creates a discussion, one has first to select an 'Interest'. That is all very well, but when there are, for example half a dozen Interests labelled 'Internet', which one do you choose? Sometimes, too, I'd like to put a discussion in more than one 'family' ... for example, it might be relevant to Internet, PCs and Family (if I wanted to discuss how your family uses the PC and the Internet, for example). I know that some of this can be done with tags (which are of much more use than many people realise) but my real gripe is that people seem to have created 'interests' without any regard to the ones that already exist. Part of the problem, of course, is that MyLot's database seems to allow this!
26 Jun 08
Then I can think of "Roles I play in life" "Talking to stupid people" or "Scratching my bottom" or any silly thing I can think of. Anyone can put any silly thing like many already have, some have been done in fun, some in ignorance without tyhinking or understanding the process and some just to be smart.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I've noticed this. It's really confusing sometimes. What happens if you pick one that few people view? Or which category best suits your discussion topic. And how do you know that it really does fit what your were hoping for? I've read posts that people claimed were 'misplaced' and that got me thinking. I'm sure that person who made the discussion was unsure about which interest was the right one.
20 Jun 08
I think that they should since many interests are duplicated as you suggested and there are also some really pointless interests like "go away if you are easily offended" which could easily be shortened to "mature content" which is a lot less harsh and stops people feeling as discouraged from replying.
25 Jun 08
Oh please let myLot realise the efficacy of doing this. The interests are in a mess and now people are adding really silly interests...new members must wonder what's going on. Mind you, I'd like to know what idiot named the interest categories/headings in the first place. Do we even need these?
• United Kingdom
21 Jun 08
I completely understand what you mean. I am sure I have been guilty of creating a subject of interest which is already there although not deliberately. There is no order to the interests (it appears to work on a system of ratio i.e. the more people who have addedd that particular interest, the closer it is to the front) and this makes it difficult to find whether or not a particular subject exists. It could be done alphabetically or even with myLot offering groups where subgroups may be found with members possibly suggesting other parent groups via a message or suchlike to the administrators so that it can be checked and verified that it is not already in use. I have written discussions which could go into multiple interests and been unsure as to which would be better. This, however, may be a more difficult problem to tackle although, it could be made possible that you choose one subject but if you have others as tags then that discussion comes up on searching if one of the tags happens to be another interest. Although these would have to turn up late in search results otherwise there would be a lot of "spam" searches where people find irrelevant discussions.