Unresolved Discussions

@trickiwoo (2702)
United States
March 10, 2009 3:26pm CST
I try to keep up with marking "Best Responses" for all of the discussions I start. I always have trouble deciding when to mark the "Best Response" though! I want to wait as long as I can to give MyLot users a chance to respond to my discussion! I'm always afraid I'll mark a "Best Response" and then someone else will leave a response that is even better than the one I already marked as best! But then if I wait too long I forget about it and the discussion is left unresolved. That is usually the case for me, so today I decided I was going to do something about it! I'm going through and marking Best Responses for all of my Unresolved Discussions! It's exhausting! And tedious! But it's worth it! And I put a lot of time into reading all of the responses and picking out the one I think is the absolute best! Sometimes it's difficult because there are so many great responses! However, occasionally I'll come across a discussion that only has 1 response... and the response has absolutely nothing to do at all with the discussion I started! That drives me crazy! On the one hand I want to mark a best response so the discussion can be resolved and done with. Plus I appreciate the fact that the user took the time to respond to my discussion. But on the other hand, I feel like they didn't even read my discussion! And I don't want to reward a user for responding to a discussion without reading it! Do you mark best responses for all of your discussions? Or do you leave them unresolved? Do you wait to mark the best response to give users plenty of time to answer? Or do you mark a best response right away?
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I normally wait a week before giving out BR. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out who deserves the honor, but I usually go with a person that gave me a well thought out answer and of course stuck to the topic at hand. If there is more than one great response, then I will usually give it to the first one that gave it. Kind of like a first come, first serve basis.
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Yah, it's always tough to pick just one best response when you've got a couple of equally deserving responses! The first come first served method is a good way to decide. I also look at their ratings and points. If I see one of the deserving responses I'm considering is by someone who is very new to MyLot, I might award them the BR as a reward to encourage them to participate on MyLot more!
@healer (1782)
• India
11 Mar 09
I mark best responses only when i get the right answer or only when i get the satisfaction with the response. But in my case i hardly get responses to my discussion and i think its because of my sentence structuring or my boring discussions. There is a discussion which i started last year in the month of november which has zero response so, for me its really hard to get responses. But when ever i get good responses i mark them as best response.
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Yah, I have a handful of discussions that have 0 responses. I think it's because the topic of the discussion is too specific. I've found that more general topics tend to get a lot more responses.
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
I do give my best response mark after a week of posting it to give chance to others in voicing out their opinions. But if there is only 4 people who responded, i still extend it. But if there is none, then i have to make a choice. About the unresolved discussion,well i sometimes find it difficult to read all the response specially if the respondents numbered to 50 above, so i have to read it one by one, giving time to response to them and then select the best answer. About the feeling they haven't answered your question, well it is all up to you, i think the post is still there for months that someone will be able to share their views, so just like you i will wait.
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
12 Mar 09
That's a good way to go about it... give it a week for most discussions, but give other discussions longer if you think they need the extra time!
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I think that a week or two since you began the discussion is enough time to give people to respond. I was actually cleaning up my discussions today and marking best responses. The thing is if someone took the time to respond to my discussion I should try to be as attentive as possible so they'll want to respond to further discussions? At least that's my theory. So I'll keep on plugging away and responding to every person and marking a best response because that's how I think I'll get more responses in the long run. Have fun resolving things today!
@iakulchen (615)
• Singapore
11 Mar 09
I do leave quite a number of my discussions unresolved. I don't have a set time limit for marking a discussion "Best Response". It kind of depends on what sort of discussion I started. If it's a question type discussion where I'm looking for answers, I pretty much mark "Best Response" soon after I get a really detailed answer. If it's a more open-ended discussion, I'll either mark "Best responses" after a few days without any new replies, or I'll leave it unresolved, depending on what sort of replies I get.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
10 Mar 09
i did do that once when i first got on here but i didnt realize once you did it that was it wasnt sure what it was at first some of my discussions have had very few responders so on those i would tend to give a best reponse more quickly since there wasn't many responses to begin with you never know if someone is responding to the discussion or just responding to respond very interesting discussion topic
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