mylot improvements - limit the number of discussions

@khayshenz (1384)
United States
July 2, 2009 10:15pm CST
Do you think mylot would be better if they limit the number of discussion that members can start to 5 per day? Why or why not? I think mylot would be a better place if the numbers of discussions that are allowed per member is limited to 5 or something like that. With the limitation - people will think more about the topic and if it will generate any response. They don't just randomly start discussions just for the heck of it. Plus, I think that there will be less clutter around here with those one-liner discussions. What do you think? Is there a way for members to suggest improvements to mylot admin?
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15 responses
@flaredust (728)
• Indonesia
3 Jul 09
I see your point and I'm somehow agree with you. For me it's better like this, myLot admin should create new rules about ratio, what I mean ratio is like 1 : 10, each member could generate one new started discussion after they have posted 10 responses, it's good because that kind of system could stimulate member to response first before they could start a new discussion. This could also make every member have more responsibility to post their thought for others, not just individualist poster who only start some discussions and abandon it, not giving any comment to their responder. I hope admin could read this discussion, this is good input and could help myLot growing better. It's sadden me when I look this ratio going unbalance, every member start new discussion, meaningless discussion and getting no answer, that means in recent condition the discussion starter is more than the responder, that's why the possibility of zero response discussion growing bigger nowadays.
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@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
3 Jul 09
AHH! Even better idea!! I like the whole ratio thing- I really like that! It encourages people to respond, connect and actually make interactions instead of just starting discussions. Thank you so much!! I hope mylot reads your response to this discussion. It would definitely improve this community. Thank you again.
• Indonesia
3 Jul 09
You could thank me by giving me BR kidding
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Yeah - I could do that! But I have to hear what other people have to say first - so you're gonna have to wait. But it's high up there! I promise! =D
@cbantly (236)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I wouldn't think that a limit to the discussions posted would be necessary. Rather, a limit on the minimum number of words may be more effective for your purposes. Maybe discussions with no responses should be deleted by the system after 48 hours or something like that...
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Ahhh -yes, good idea. I wonder if it will take them a while to create an algorithm that would automatically delete zero-response discussions. Thanks for the input.
• United States
3 Jul 09
This is probably the best solution I think I have heard. I was about to agree with limiting discussions because it gets annoying when you see one person has posted like 5 discussions in a row and that they tend never to respond to any one of their discussions but I think by saying you have to post so much its going to make people stop with the 1-2 line responses and actually add some quality. Now I wouldn't mind if there was a time limit between posting discussions even if it was like 15 minutes - therefore someone just isn't posting a ton at once.
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@rosdimy (3932)
• Malaysia
3 Jul 09
Deleting discussions which has no response may not be a good idea. There are serious discussions which no one has responded to, because they require some thinking. As it is many discussions violating the guidelines have been deleted, even though they received many responses. In other words there is no real need to worry about the one liners.
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@Sandra1952 (6050)
• Spain
3 Jul 09
I suggested the '5 a day' discussion limit in another discussion, just before I read yours. There may be a few members who could come up with more than 5 quality discussions a day, and they would be constrained, but generally, I think it is a good starting place. To encourage new members to come up with good topics, I also think they should have to make, say, 20 responses before they could post a topic of their own. This would ease genuine members into the Mylot system, while frightening off the 'fast buck brigade.' I also think discussion topics should have a minimum word count - perhaps 25 words - to discourage one line responses. I've always said that Mylot is about quality rather than quantity; now we need to convince the minority of members who have dollar signs in their eyes that we won't tolerate their cheap tricks.
@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I don't find anything wrong with one-liner topic. I mean, they're there for you to choose to respond to or to just ignore. It's not something that's really cluttering for me because if you have an idea about it, then why not express yourself, right? Further, it's an avenue for people to earn. I don't mind them at all. Doesn't mean I reply to them all the time, but at least they're there if you don't have anything to respond to.
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@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I guess I'm looking at it from quality vs. quantity perspective. I have ignored them so far - i'll keep on ignoring. Thanks for the comment! Cheers!
• Pitcairn
3 Jul 09
its ok for me to limit the number of discussions, if you're trying to say that a user is limited to 5 discussions per day. But please don't limit the number of posts. And I think 5 is still so much.. mylot.com has 176,218 members as for now, times 5 and that would be around 881090 posts per day! I rarely start a discussion, I just do if there is a point or if I need to. I don't want to start a discussion with only 1 or 2 or even zero respondents.
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@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I think they shouldn't limit the number of posts - after all,we all have opinions and something to share. But then, there are discussions that are being started left and right without the starter really caring what people have to stay, they just wanna make cash!
• United States
3 Jul 09
I think your idea to improve the discussion content is good but your method of fixing the content isn't all that good limiting people to 5 a day wouldn't change people efforts all that much it would just make the people who do put actuall post up such as myself not able to do as much as we would like... i think that after a certain amount of posts maybe earning more would be best but 5 is still low to start....
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@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Oh I don't mean posts - I mean discussion starters!! There are many people who just start random discussions without really caring who their audience is. Most of the time they don't even respond back to their discussion - which means that they don't really care!
• India
3 Jul 09
i agree.it must be limited because many of them are posting useless topics and expect people respond and they ignore the responses .my lot should definitely be looking into it by now .
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@vingyan06 (2487)
• Malaysia
3 Jul 09
Perhaps is a good idea. Then the quality of the topic discussions might get improve, maybe this is just what I am thinking right now. Some how, people might just want to share and they can come out with more than 5 topics to be talk.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Jul 09
NO WAY!!! There are plenty of days when I start absolutely no discussions at all. Then there are days when I have a zillion things happen around me, or see a bunch of different interesting things. Then I have days when I can't even get to myLot to post because of my schedule and all, but when I am able I might have 10 things to say. Although I do wish there was a way to regulate the "one-liners" I think they pretty much go away when people realize that's not the way we work here. Those discussions are usually from newbies who are just learning.
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Hahahahaha - yeah I've noticed that about you! =P Maybe they should limit them to newbies - if they have less than 200 posts or something. And the more post you have the more discussions you can start, yeah? Ten percent of the number next to your number.What do you think? Hey I saw your tats by the way - with you and your sis! Cool! Definitely not for me though. Not that I'm scared of needles. Plus, if I get tats I won't be able to donate blood. I'm not financially stable to donate $$, so I donate blood instead. Plus I'm a universal donor - so a lot of people will benefit from it, or so I hope. Thanks for sharing!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Jul 09
That's just a hard call though, because it might discourage the newbies that ARE posting quality. The people that post the crap are weeded out pretty quickly or figure out what to do. We're very happy with our tattoos! Even if they let me give blood - I have some health issues that they want resolved first - you only have to wait 6-12 months, I don't remember which. Same with piercings. But it sure is something you have to be definite about - it's pretty much permanent!
• United States
4 Jul 09
Sorry to say but i disagree with your suggestion. If Mylot was only limited to 5 discussions a day, Users would find this site to be quite boring. Being limited wouldn't be fun at all. You make a point and say if we were limited to 5 people would think about it more. This may be true but i feel Mylot would lose some users by doing this.
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Don't be sorry for disagreeing with me - we're all free to say what we want to say. It is a democracy after all. Thanks for the input though!
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I'd up the number to 10, but the catch is, they cannot be about the same topic. For instance, I've seen a lot of "Is there a God?", "Do you believe in God?" conversations. This is just my two cents, but I think some of those should be deleted, because all they serve to do is stir up strong emotions from people on all sides--Christians, non-Christians, etc., not to mention the fact that it just gets a bit tiring seeing the same subject coming up over and over again.
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I agree with you - when it comes to the multiple discussion with the same topic. Thanks for dropping by!
@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
we're on the same wavelength somehow. in my case i see more money making minded people here (since posted discussions generate more income). some seem to just post and post and post and not care to respond to others' discussions. some seem to be surprised that i'm bothered by this. but i am.... this is a community and if they look at a community as one prying on others, well...
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Ahhhh - I like your "community" perspective. And I agree with you 100% about people just sucking other people dry in terms of discussion starters who don't care to interact with their commenters ( that's not a word huh?). Thanks for the input!
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@hairypits (294)
3 Jul 09
Hi - I think that is an excellent idea. I start a few discussions each day but if it was limited to even 2 per day it would encourage you to respond to more discussions which lets face it would make us earn more. So yes - make the suggestion to admin!
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Hahahahahaha - you're so enthuse about the idea. I'll keep on reading about what people has to say. Then think about sending it over to admin. Thanks!
@rsa101 (32884)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
That may be so. I am not a post starter myself. I prefer to respond to many discussion posted in here and I noticed that there are indeed many from members that just post a one liner post and sometimes posts are just for the numbers to be credited in their account. With the limited number of post it will discourage many from posting short and nonsense post in here.
@khayshenz (1384)
• United States
4 Jul 09
They will interact more as well. Since they know that they have limited number of discussions to start - and UNLIMITED number to respond to other people's discussions. Thanks!
@busky5 (3164)
• Thailand
3 Jul 09
Not important for me about number of discussions, because somedays i can't create new discussions. When i can't do i will comment another discussions for built my new discusions.