Don't you know your discussion is just going to get deleted?

United States
August 8, 2008 7:34pm CST
I don't think TOS allows us to post links to other discussions in our own discussion. Is that right or wrong? Last time I read TOS it mentioned that we couldn't post a discussion or response to draw attention to another discussion. Have you seen this done before, where someone will start a discussion and then add a link to another Mylot discussion (as part of a rant) right in the discussion, so that others can go check it out? Is that allowable? I mean, if it's done for a good reason? Or, would it be prohibitied if the person posting the link was doing so, just to get an argument started. What do you think? Also, when you see a discussion where someone has posted a link to another Mylot discussion do you report it or join in?
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@myklj999 (49019)
• United States
9 Aug 08
You are allowed to post links to another discussion that is in reference to the discussion you are making. You are not allowed to post links to a discussion that has nothing to do with the subject matter of the original discussion.
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
9 Aug 08
That's what I meant to say...I just used more words that don't make nearly as much sense as I thought they did when I was typing.
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Let's say you don't like what another member is saying in their discussion. So you could just link directly to that discussion and then rant away about how stupid you think they are? I know that's not what you meant. And, I wouldn't do that either. But I have seen that done before and it leads to lots of hurt feelings.
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@myklj999 (49019)
• United States
9 Aug 08
These are direct quotes from the discussion guidelines: Under DO: Make sure to post useful links in discussions when necessary to provide authoritative guidance or to refer to a third party article. Under DON'T: Post any links promoting other affiliate programs or that do not pertain to the discussion. Posting the same link over and over or posting links that have no relevance to the discussion is not allowed. http://www.mylot.com/o/guidelines.aspx
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• Canada
9 Aug 08
It's very seldom that I'll repot a dicssion. When I see one that I hink is going to be deleted I jus skip it!
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• United States
9 Aug 08
That's probably the best remedy. When a discussion is deleted all the people who responded to it lose money too. That's just not fair.
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I've never really thought about it. I sorta took that as don't continually discuss the same things over and over in every discussion... and mostly I think that's for the money makers who like to post their links. For instance if they start a discussion about how to make money and respond to every discussion with a link to that discussion... Well that's how I took it, because I myself have posted discussion links in my discussions, and so far as I know it wasn't deleted.
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Maybe it's OK then.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
I was not doing this stuff and have seen many of us doing this, but I can give my own idea to the best of my knowledge. I think it is depend on the situation. To me, if the link being provided has a strong relationship with the topic, then it is accepted and I will not report it. But if the link is totally different with the topic, then, it is obvious that the user wants to have some responses with the discussion link he/she provided and it is the one against the rule. [i]All the best,Agihcam
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• United States
9 Aug 08
I'm in agreement with you on this. I think it's OK to post a link to a relevant story OFF Mylot that might relate to the subject. It's called an authoritative resource. Many of us link to news stories to help explain our discussions. I have never had a problem with those. It's always fun to share stories. I was more thinking about when someone posts a link to another member's discussion for the purpose of embarrassing them or bringing shame.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
Well, this is the good thing here in myLot. We have the right to post and respond to help this community and also we have the right to report this kind of post. myLot allowed us to report some discussions which are not good at all. If the purpose of link to other discussion is negative to me, then I will report them, sorry, but I need to as myLot is asking for us. Don't hurt others just to earn, it is good to have a happy and meaningful discussions here. [i]All the best,Agihcam
• United States
9 Aug 08
You are so right, my friend! Having discussions with our friends at Mylot is truly a delight. And I look forward to talking with all my friends, here. Thank you for your kind thoughts and words. Best wishes.
@Bethany1202 (3431)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I don't usually report that unless I see it many times by the same person. If someone breaks the rules once in a great while, oh well, but if they constantly do it that's different, like spamming and such. People constantly do things to break the rules. I don't understand why someone would do something to get their post deleted... What's the point of the post in the first place? So stupid! And they will get money taken away from them as well, so they are really not gaining anything at all. Doesn't make sense to me!
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Me either!
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I think it's a very fine line and users have to be careful.If I said here is the update to this discussion and added the link, I think it would be fine because that discussion would be relevant to the current one and I'm not really trying to draw attention to the other one, just giving a reference for those who may not have seen it. But if i were to start a discussion that said...heyI want more responses to this other discussion or do you all think this was a quality discussion and then gave the link to a previous discussion, then that would be a violation. I think mainly the rules is more to protect people from being picked on...so we can't post things like "Look what this idiot just posted..."
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• United States
9 Aug 08
It does lead to lots of hurt feelings and misunderstandings when people link to OTHER members discussions and then say hurtful things about them. I've always assumed that they post links to OTHER member discussions so that people can go ridicule the other person. I guess it's like their way of garnering support.
@payout (3722)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Well yeah I saw that before but it was usually for a discussion that was having a augment and if not that it was a discussion that had good information provided on it. Sometimes people post links to give other aka Myloters good information lie a site that is similar to what there looking for. I think if they start deleting post discussions for that thats just plan stupid ha ha. really come on. But I understand the whole post a link to another discussion that leads to another discussion thats just wrong. :) well yeah .
• United States
9 Aug 08
I've got no problem with useful links; links used in context or links to news stories or related resources. I don't even mind links to money making sites. What I was talking about is when a member posts a link to ANOTHER member's discussion for the purpose of ridiculing that other person. You've seen discussions like that, I'm sure. You know where member "A" says nasty things about Member "B" and then posts a link to his recent discussion so that others can go check it out and see how dumb that person is. That's just mean and I wish those people would stop doing it. Cause it hurts people's feelings. And someone will report those mean discussions cause they don't try to inform. They attempt to hurt! Thanks for your comments. You made a lot of good points.
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@shamzy18 (2319)
9 Aug 08
hey well ive never come across this it hink.. i come across discussions saying look at someone who is posting multiple topiscs of someone elses and giving links .. but not because to make poeple go to it and respond to it but shpwing it as an example for the topic they are talking about .. i think its more wrong if you post a link in your discussion that goes to another one of your own discussion thats making your self earn more if people respond
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• United States
9 Aug 08
I never thought about posting a link to my own discussion. I was thinking more about people that post rant discussions and links to get arguments started. But I do like your points. Such practices would be unfair. Thanks.
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@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Incorrect. If you actually read it, it's only the part about drawing attention to another post in order to get people to respond to it. Linking just to provide information that's already been given, for instance, isn't against the TOS.
• United States
9 Aug 08
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I see those kinds of things here all of the time. I have seen discussions where the poster has put in their link for referrals, right in the discussion. And they aren't always the newbies that do it either. I have seen people with over 5000 posts doing it. But I think the reason they do it is because it usually takes a day for mylot to delete it, so by then they have gotten a few referrals so I think they think it is worth it. This is just my opinion. I don't respond to any discussions that I think may be deleted because they broke some guideline. I reply to a few newer discussions, just to stay in touch with what is happening today with my friends, and then I go back to my oldest ones to respond to those, from my email, like this old one of 4 months. The reason I do it this way is because if the discussion is going to be deleted it would be gone by the time I got to it. I don't report anyone for breaking the mylot guidelines but I will report someone that is being evil in their postings. I have had a few that I have had to report because some people just don't like me and they are nasty about it. The funny thing is the reason they don't like me is because I don't agree with them. In my opinion, they should like me because it gives them more things to comment to me, which means they are making more money. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Your friend, Chris
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
9 Aug 08
As I read the TOS, it said, "Do not...Post comments in threads for the purpose of drawing attention to another thread on a different subject." If you'll note, it specifically says, "on a different subject." If someone is ranting about something, I would think that the link provided that shows what started the rant would be acceptable. On the other hand, it also says that we're supposed to be grown ups and nice to each other. "Do Not...Post to “flame” other users! Being mean to others is just not fun. Anything derogatory that is directed at a myLot user is strictly prohibited. Just be nice and have fun!" There is says "ANYTHING DEROGATORY that is directed at a myLot user is strictly prohibited." The problem with this is that many of the self-appointed myLot police do just this as they are ranting and pointing fingers at other people for doing something wrong. And the cycle continues. Personally, I think unless something is a HUGE disregard of the myLot "guidelines" (which, when I looked up the word are more of a "guidance to appropriate behavior" rather than a hard and fast RULE), then the myLot folks should be informed. But I don't think that there should be post after post after post about "bad behaviors" of other myLotters. I think the appropriate action is to report someone to myLot, to not comment on the article - since it will likely be deleted and you'll lose out on earnings - and go your merry way. Here's something to ponder: If everyone who worries so much about whether others are following the guidelines decides to post about it, then there are multiple posts about the topic - and isn't that against those same guidelines? If anything derogatory to a myLotter is against the guidelines, then all of the articles complaining about others not following the guidelines fall into that category, don't they? So aren't they against the guidelines? Hmmm. I wonder if questioning you on this is derogatory and therefore against the guidelines? The guidelines also say to not post similar discussions, although most of those who worry about others following the guidelines are posting at the same time, perhaps about slightly different supposed violations. But doesn't that mean they are similar...and also against the guidelines? And...if multiple people continue to post about whether or not people are following the guidelines, doesn't that just make all of the discussions meaningless...and also against the guidelines? I seriously think that everyone worries about all of these things too much. I personally wish that it DID NOT say anywhere that myLotters are supposed to be turning each other in over supposed violations. There will always be people who do that anyway, but to encourage it in the guidelines is, in my opinon, quite foolish.
@gemini_rose (16268)
9 Aug 08
I am not sure about that, I cannot actually see that it is a problem if it is just linking two discussions together. Especially if one is a follow on from another, but there again some of the rules are funny on here. If I saw it I would not report it, I would just join in.
@Cyrics (85)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
Maybe if the link is a spam or about spam then it will be deleted but ifits not then I guess its okay to post a link to another duscussion.
@neildc (17250)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Aug 08
i have a discussion something like this, a member who violates the rules. i mentioned some other violations of other members who seem to know nothing about the rules on here. so this one you mentioned is another thing, another violation of the TOS. in my case, i ignore, mostly, posts with this kind of discussion for i know that someday, mylot will delete the discussion. i may give it a negative but will not report it. if i am sure that it will affect somebody's discussion, like for example a copying of the discussion (word for word), that i will report. (neildc @ red/88/1517)