Hey mylot! Thanks for the earnings and post count reductions.....

@James72 (26829)
Australia
October 24, 2008 4:13am CST
I know that sometimes our post count and earnings amount will fluctuate every now and then but this morning I woke up to a ten cent and five post count reduction! I am not sure exactly why because I am pretty sure I didn't respond to any discussions that were against the guidelines?? Normally I couldn't care less as it is sometimes only a cent or a post count point here and there but this time it is quite significant compared to normal. I know we have to take the good with the bad in this regard and to be honest, at least from the earnings side I generally have my amount increase by a few cents outside of standard payout times; but this time it has annoyed me because I have no idea why it was such a decent hit this time around! Do you often have the same happen to you? Do you think it would be nice to know WHY this has happened and where we went wrong so we can avoid this in the future?
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I'm pretty new so I have no experiences with this! I'm just glad I caught this post so I can be aware of what's to come! Thanx for this post n yes, do inquire and inform us please1 Taripre$
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Hi taripres. Please don't think that it is all doom and gloom to come because it's not! I have been here for over two years and am just venting because I had a decrease yesterday that I have never experienced before. This is NOT a common occurence and I am just frustrated because I have no idea why it was these numbers. Thanks for responding and keep mylotting because there are hundreds of positives to offset this one rant I have been having!
@taripres (1499)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Oh no, I'm sure there are downfalls, that's with anything! I've actually noticed quite a few recently! Notice I'm at 528, just about a week ago I was at 556, so I know it's happening now! But, I also make something everyday, so it's cool! Taripre$
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Great attitude taripres! At the time I posted this discussion I was pretty frustrated with the whole thing, but I too have moved on quickly and am not concerned so much about it at all now. I made it all back very fast and will just notch this one up to being a bad day!
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Sorry to hear about that. I have noticed that my earnings this month seem to be really slow and that I don't seem to have a constant amount either for the same number of posts. Days that I think that I should make a lot of money,I barely make any and then days that I don't work as hard, I seem to make more. I am not sure if there is a problem with their site now or what but I hope it straightens out soon.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Normally I couldn't care less about something like this carolscash because I do understand it can go either way, it's just a considerably larger number from both a post count AND earnings perspective this time around! I don't try to predict or monitor my earnings too much really but this is quite an unusual situation and I have never seen something like this personally in the two and a half years I have been here. Oh well. It is what it is I guess and I just wanted to rant a little is all. Thanks for the response.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yes, I go through this too.. But, sometimes, I do wished that I could make more because, I post so much in a day.. Then there are times when I do less.. I guess my earnings seem to be on tact.. Just not like I want them to be though..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
I gave up trying to predict what I would earn a LONG time ago. lol. After all this time on here I kind of have a rough idea what to expect each day based on my activity, but it is still all so unpredictable really. I am not here for the money anyway but every now and then things occur that I don't understand, hence the discussion topic!
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I see. Mines increased, and then I had another point that I did not do, on my post added.. I don't know what is going on.., I am sorry that you are having difficulties.. Contact myLot about this..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Mine ususally increases by a few cents here and there as well cream97 so I realize that it is somewhat bad of me to suddenly have an issue with it going the other way for once! But the issue I have is the numbers because I can't work out where I went wrong? Having a few cents or one or two posts go up or down either way is of no concern but this is a decent number this time around. It would just be nice to be informed once in a while where the breaches were made so we can make sure these things do not become a common occurence in the future. I could contact mylot I guess but I doubt I would get an answer on it. Thanks for the response.
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@cream97 (29164)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yes, I see what you are saying.. Your earnings increase and decrease.. I am wondering why it does this too. I am sorry about it.. Maybe myLot can explain to us why this is going on.. I would like to know why too..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
I can understand why they go up and down outside of standard payment times because they are probably updating algorithms or something; but it was just a bit of a puzzle for me to see such a downward shift this time around. It will be interesting to see what happens when the actual payment kicks in for today.
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@jayarajgr (818)
• India
25 Oct 08
James, get some good referrals who post daily, and you will earn a lot more than what you gain through daily posting. Its always better to earn that way rather than typing everything. Anyhow this is not a primary incoeme, just some bonus for the extra time that we have, so no complaints.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Good advice jayarajgr, but for the record I have never been here for the earnings! If I was then I was then I would have quit a long time ago..... This rant is more to do with being concerned that reductions occur yet I have no idea why, more than anything else. 10 cents is neither here nor there and will be replaced easily. The issue is not knowing where I may have made mistakes. If it has happened to me then it is happening to others. If none of us know WHY it is happening then we can't fix our behaviours moving forward. Thanks for the response.
@gemini_rose (16192)
24 Oct 08
This always seems to happen around this time of the month, some months at this time I can lose up to 60 posts or more from my count and I have not got a clue why. It is very annoying and often puts me off doing anything on here, no doubt I will lose some more this month too!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Wow gemini! If I had of lost 60 like you have before I am not sure how I would react. My reduction was 5 only and I am annoyed already! It would definitely be of benefit to know why because it is very frustrating seeing decreases and then being in the dark about it. Thanks for responding and I hope this month you see nothing similar to the example you gave.
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
24 Oct 08
I only normally lose a cent at a time, and perhaps a couple of posts, but like you although I have come to expect it, it would be nice if we could have a reason to go along with it, then we would have a least an idea to the Whys and Where fores.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
A couple of cents or a couple of posts is nether here nor there jason and I too have experienced the same from timt to time. This was an instance where the numbers were significantly more than that this time around so I of course am wishing I knew why! I can fix things for the future if I know. Thanks for the response.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
24 Oct 08
Hi James This has happened to me many times and also the increase bit. Like just now I noticed my earnings rising to 4 cents. It goes down on many occasions. And also the number of posts. But 5 posts down, is a big one James. They say the ups and downs are due to house cleaning here but i feel the system could have been more transparent. There are certain queries I would want to know from admin: 1. Don't you think the earning system should be more transparent? An alert in mailbox would be fine, I guess. For it's not possible to keep tab on the earning thing regularly. 2. Don’t you think that we should be warned before the ban? For many times we do not even know what wrong we did? So warning could be a nice tinkle over our violation. I think mylot is a highly regarded social networking forum and it could afford to implement this for the betterment of its promotion. 3. Don’t you think that mylot should have a more effective system of judging a user’s reputation? I mean, while any user has the right to report another user but this could well be personal. Do the moderators look into it effectively or just ban the user on basis of reporting, which in some cases could be subjective? I know I digressed but I thought its a good platform to express myself. Hope you didn't mind.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Yes it did seem like a big decrease compared to other times and this is why I wished to post a topic in regards to it. As for your numbered points, mylot are very protective of their earning algorithm formulas and I respect that they wish to be this way. I am not overly concerned on HOW they work out my earnings but I do get a little concerned when they take a nosedive and I have no idea why! I agree that we should at least be informed of any wrongdoing rather than just have to sit there and wonder. For blatant abuse of the mylot rules I agree that a ban should be effected without warning but for simple oversights it would be nice to know once in a while what the offence was! In regards to the user reputation system, I guess it is easy for me to be nonchalant about it all with a higher rating but as long as they are monitoring abuse of this aspect as well I see no issue with how things stand. For example, if their systems pick up an individual or group of individuals going from one particular user's discussion to another and rating them negatively then they should not acknowledge these ratings at all. Thanks for the detailed response mimpi and I don;t mind at all! Let it all out!
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
25 Oct 08
Got it James! I would like to tell you another thing: I have found many discussions violating myLot rules but still active full fledged. I think deleting discussions depends on the basis of reporting alone. I guess, Mylot doesn't monitor individual user.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
I agree with you on that last point mimpi. It would be next to impossible to monitor all things all the time so for sure a lot of it is based on user reporting. I have seen many discussions that are totally in breach yet months later they are still there! Yet ones that don't look like they are in violation at all suddenly disappear.
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
james you just don't know how badly i was hit today. although i am not following exactly how many posts i already have yesterday but what i could remember clearly is i suppose to reach just 0.60 cents in order to reach minimum payout for this month. when i woke up and log-in it was a huge 0.23cents that was chipped off in my earnings. it is the biggest one since i became active here, i don't really mind at all for a few cents but 0.23 is huge enough that i assume it took so many post to earn that amount. well, that's how discrete the system here, so let them fine tune it.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Wow. This is certainly no small amount sirrob and I am sorry to hear it. It's really frustrating to see things like this when we have no idea why. I don't mind for a few cents here and there either but this is significant. Thanks for responding and I hope you can reverse this setback and reach your minimum payout as planned. I am sure you will!
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
well, i just have to work out my a$$ this time since 0.23 is not a few post to over come, i might do more today so i could reach before the 25th and i could relax already.i might be out the entire day on sunday so i should do a double time here today.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
You can do it sirrob! Head down, bum up and go for it! lol. Good luck.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
24 Oct 08
I've never kept a check on my post count or earnings. Of course, I'd like to know WHY if my post count or earnings decreased. The financial crisis is probably taking a toll on mylot too:P Just my guess!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Of course..... The financial crisis. How could I have been so ignorant! I missed seeing the forest for the trees so I appreciate you setting me straight Sandhya. And what do you mean you never check on your earnings? Have you not bought a new car or something with it yet?? Thanks for the response.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
24 Oct 08
hmmm...I changed my mind and decided a plane was what I needed right now.....I'm just a few cents away from getting my plane...lol
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Good luck with that remaing few cents then. Don't forget to fly back to Egypt once you get this sorted too OK?
@Munchkin547 (2778)
24 Oct 08
this must be really frustrating for you james! I have noticed that mine has gone up by a couple of cents both the past couple of days, although i don't really understand why this happens!! hope you can make the extra cents and posts up today!! xxx
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Hiya Munchkin! So it was you that took some of my earnings then?? It's not so much frustration because of the earnings going down by so much; it's more of a case of wishing to understand why! I will make up the amount lost no issues and the money on here is really of no consequence overall to be honest. AS I have already stated, I just wish that mylot could provide an explanation once in a while. Thanks for the response.
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24 Oct 08
i didn't mean to take them!! lol I don't mind at all if they want to increasse my earnings but i agree with you, it would be nice to know why!!! Hope you do get an answer at some point, although i won't be holding my breath!!! xxx
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
I didn't bother asking admin about it in the end. I figured I would just notch this up to being one of those things that happen now and then. If it becomes a regular thing I may think differently though.
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@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
well, it is really buffling to have those kinds of reductions. i think it is okay for you to inquire mylot regarding your account. i am sure they have a good explanation for the circumstance. anyway, i remember from one of the discussions that some topics are deleted due to a violation of any of its respondent. so maybe the time you posted your response to a discussion, you find no violation but those that responded after you could have made a mistake. well, it is really not your fault but you still have the right to know. so feel free to inquire.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
I understand that some topics will be deleted due to violations and after time you do start to realize which ines have a chance of having this happen so you avoid them. This is what I do generally myself which is why it was such a suprise to see such a reduction overall. I was just keen to see if I am an isolated case or not and will probably notch this one up to being an anomayl rather than seek an explanation from mylot. I doubt I would get one anyway! Thanks for responding maroseqf.
@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
actually, after responding to your discussion, i also noticed that there was also a reduction in my earnings but not that much. well, something had probably gone wrong.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Hopefully it was a few cents only maroseqf and not 10 or more like mine! This does happen from time to time when I guess systems are being updated but I was just surprised at the size of my decrease more than anything else. Sometimes you will see you earnings adjust upwards too so don't be too concerned about these smaller fluctuations.
• United States
24 Oct 08
I had some weird stuff going on with the earnings portion, last week. I haven't had any problems with post count though. I was quite annoyed with it, only because I had done a lot of posting, taken a lot of time to do so, and the earnings were just weird, compared to what they had been. It doesn't usually bother me, I just thought it was strange. And, it would be nice if they let you know SOMETHING, when things like that happen.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
You have echoed my sentiments exactly Bo. It's not a case of getting all panicky about a few cents but more of a case of wishing that it had of been relayed to us why this has happened. We can't ensure that we don't repeat the same thing if we don't know what it was that we did incorrectly! Maybe it was all that talk about Texas? Thanks for the response.
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• United States
24 Oct 08
Had of been? Yeah, I don't think they like people kidding about us Texans. That could be it.*LOL* "Increase the yack and don't turn your back!"
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
Hahaha. Thanks for the Diff'rent Strokes flashback. It's been a while since I have thought about that show.
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@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
23 Nov 08
The day before yesterday, I only made 3 cents, lol. Yesterday, I made more! It seemed that the earning didn't depend on the counts of my post! Don't worry! I guess they will soon compensate you for a loss!
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
This discussion was posted some time ago hiddenwing and has raised once again from the ether it seems! lol. It was a bad day at the time with a loss that didn't make sense, but I have indeed made up fro the losses and it has not happened again so all is fine. Thanks for your comments and I am happy to see you having such a positive attitude about it all!
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
25 Oct 08
This is the first time it has happened with me. I noticed 3 cents reduced from my earnings and I can understand why it might have happened. I had a post which displayed a my referral link and that is the reason why they removed that post. It was a stupid thing on my part and I was expecting it. This mistake is my first and I hope should be the last one. But you are right.Members should be made aware of the mistakes they might have committed unconsciously so that it could be avoided in future.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
At least you can relate your own circumstances to a tangible reason! My issue is that I have no idea what I participated in that was in violation. It certainly wasn't one of my own discussions as they are all still there. The only way to learn a lesson is to understand what the parameters are and when we lose counts like this woithout understanding why then how can we possibly move to rectify things? It's done now and I of course have made the losses back. This is the first time I have seen this on my account and hopefully the last so I may as well leave it at that. Thanks for the response Daffodil.
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@successlog (3172)
• China
25 Oct 08
helo james, i really hope you can understand this thing normaly.Because we all know this thing-count reduction always happen to us.And i have encountered this thing several times.It seems i have lost more than 20-30 ones since i joined mylot.and sometimes, i also lose the earning from my account on mylot.I also think i never violate the guidelines of mylot.But i also couldn't explain why? so i always ignore it when this happen to me.Because i have no idea about it.lol.I hope you have no worries about these things, just keep moving and enjoy ourselves well. happy mylotting. good luck
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Double the fun successlog?
@successlog (3172)
• China
25 Oct 08
helo james, i really hope you can understand this thing normaly.Because we all know this thing-count reduction always happen to us.And i have encountered this thing several times.It seems i have lost more than 20-30 ones since i joined mylot.and sometimes, i also lose the earning from my account on mylot.I also think i never violate the guidelines of mylot.But i also couldn't explain why? so i always ignore it when this happen to me.Because i have no idea about it.lol.I hope you have no worries about these things, just keep moving and enjoy ourselves well. happy mylotting. good luck
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Hi successlog. I generally ignore it too and can appreciate that there will be minor fluctuations up and down from time to time. But when the downward movement is larger than usual I can't help but wonder what the situation is? This is the first time I have had this many points come off my post count so it was very surprising. Anyway, I have put it down to being just one of those things and have had my rant, so onwards and upwards! Thanks for responding.
@ranbio (53)
• China
25 Oct 08
Hey,James.This happened to me two days ago.My post count and earning is down by one.I dont know what is going on.It seems that many friend have fell across this circs.Have a nice time.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
Hi ranbio. A drop by one or so is pretty common and it can go up by the same every now and then too. What was suprising for me personally was that I had a decrease much higher than this and didn't understand why. It's all done now and I will make it back no doubt; it would just be nice to get an explanation once in a while is all. Thanks for the response.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
Well I don't know how to explain it to you either. You're the only person who knows what you posted the previous day. But could it be a small error on their part? Maybe your earnings and posts will adjust again tomorrow to reflect your true number of posts? Or maybe hey gave you too much credit a few days ago? I really can't believe that mylot would be unfair so this is the only explanation I can think of right now...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
This is the thing mimico. Yes I DO know what I respond to and I DO make every effort to steer clear of discussions that look as if they may be testing the boundaries of the rules here. I am not suggesting that mylot are being unfair at all; I just wish that I was able to know what the reasoning is behind such reductions. If it was a mistake on my part then inform me so I can rectify my behaviours moving forward! I don't think it's unreasonable to want to know. Thanks for the response.
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 08
james around this time on mylot the admins do delete some old discussions and then add cents here and take cents from there, and I have no idea why but its said they delete discussions that are really old or have broke mylot rules. I have had my points go up and down like a yo-yo.Lastnight I would have a certain number of points and think will this next one will put me up by ten points only to see that my point count stayed the same through two responses,so I assumed two of the discussions I had posted responses to had been deleted. I thought i Had been very careful to post only to discussions that had not broken any rules.but I did post to a couple where they had actually put in the user name of one of our mylot members, and thats a no no!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
I appreciate that they will delete discussions that violate the rules Hatley and I too avoid these ones if it is clear that this is what the case is. I hope old discussions aren't being deleted though! If I responded way back when then it was still an effort on my part so I certainly would not expect to be docked anything if it was decided to "clear house" a little! It does seem though that the memebers with a higher post count can experience higher fluctuations too which I guess is all relative. It would still be nice to know the reasons once in a while though. Thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Oct 08
Same thing happened to me the other day 3 topics deleted no email telling me why and when I contacted them about it they said "Well maybe you didn't follow guidelines and they were deleted". Well unless they have some hidden fine print they were within the guidelines and so we are just left to wonder why because I am informed they are "Too busy to email us when and why our discussions were deleted" For sure it would be nice I think it is bad business to not give at least that much courtesy. The guidelines in some areas are vague and left to interpretation so I don't think we should be left to figure it out it needs to be spelled out in detail if they do not intend to notify us of why they are deleting our discussions.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
lol. So you at least received a vague response. I didn't realize that people even got those! I too have seen many a discussion disappear that looked to me like they were defiitely within the guidelines, so it would definitely be of benefit ot receive a more detailed explanation. Many of us may be repeating the same behaviours that we think are fine but actually are not. How can we rectify things like this without knowing? The devil is certainly in the details it seems! Thanks for responding Simplyme.