How soon do you usually choose a 'best response' to your discussions?

@thorgrym (677)
United States
January 31, 2009 9:56am CST
What is the primary school of thought behind choosing a best response? I was thinking about this the other day. I suppose that there are a couple things to consider when you choose a best response... Do you choose one quickly, or do you wait for more answers to come in? Is it better to wait a week, two weeks, a month, or more to choose in hopes that some one that hasn't yet answered will be encouraged to do so with the chance of their answer being selected? When reading a discussion, are you more likely to provide a response if the best answer has not yet been selected or do you answer anyway because you have something to add? Have you ever selected a best response because it made you laugh even though it didn't really answer the question (but was obviously intended for the humor factor)? OK, so I asked a lot of questions there - and I am sure that there are other things to consider regarding best responses - but I just want to know what other people think about best responses. For me, when I am selected it makes me feel good. However, I do not feel bad when someone else's answer is selected. I am simply sharing my knowledge and/or opinion. If someone sees value in that, then great! If not, oh well. I am inclined to still answer the discussion if I feel that I have something worthy to add, even if the best response has been selected.
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@gie2910 (407)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Sometimes I never do my best response, i feel it is so hard to choose especially if the responses are good. I'll try to d it soon
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@thorgrym (677)
• United States
31 Jan 09
True, sometimes it is very hard to choose! I actually like it when that occurs, though. It means that people are really putting some thought into their responses. Thanks for your reply!
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@gie2910 (407)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Thanks for your follow up
@TLChimes (4839)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I'm new so take my answer with that in mind. I read some one's answer to something else yesterday and they made a good point, one I'll remember when marking the responses for my own discussions. She said that some people mark theirs too soon because people from other places (in her case Australia) had been sleeping and couldn't have had a chance to respond. I think I'll wait till the clock turns once or twice around to give others a chance. I'm not sure about waiting a week because I've noticed that some posts get lost. I will base my pick on two things... how'd it make me feel or think, and was it written with respect to all who answer (except the jerks we all know are out there) If it didn't answer the question but fit in with what the general feel of the conversation, it still counts. I answer posts that catch my eye. I don't really care if they've been Bested or not. But I'm chatty. (can you tell?) This was a good posting... can't wait to see what others think.
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@thorgrym (677)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Thanks for your thoughts! I agree that we should wait at least a day or two. MyLot suggests at least a week, but sometimes I think that an answer comes in that is just so perfect that it deserves the recognition. Welcome to myLot!
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@TLChimes (4839)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I think "newbies" should really read post like this because we can learn from those who have been here a bit. Thanks for the welcome!
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@SwtJenlove (1090)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Sometimes i dont do my best response for a few months. i want to give people the opportunity to see what i wrote and give their response as well. sometimes i do it sooner but it all depends on how much time i have i guess.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Time. Therein lies the issue. The other day, I just went through all of my unresolved discussions and selected the best responses because I had the time to do it. I left a couple unresolved because they were fairly new discussions, though. I am in no rush to choose. Thanks for the response!
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@GardenGerty (112408)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I do not check to see if there is a best response, I just answer if I want to. I try to resolve all new discussions by the end of the month. I like to wait a week or ten days to resolve discussions to see how it does. I have about four I should resolve today. This has been a month when I have barely been here. I guess I give best response to the response that seems to "get" what I am asking. Kind of the spirit of the question.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
31 Jan 09
That's how I think it should be...answer anyway as long as you have something to add. That seems to be a good practice you have. I like to give it some time, as well. Thanks for the reply!