Would it be different?

@allknowing (130109)
India
May 26, 2012 2:40am CST
We come across loads of users who say they come here to make money. If their goal was to have a nice time and in the process earn, would their participation have a different hue? Would they not spend more time taking care to respond without spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, giving quality content, rather than rush through it so that they can pack in more responses and/or comments and thus earn more money? I do see some users whose responses and comments are a pleasure to go through as it is evident that they take the trouble to see that their work is flawless. What are your thoughts on this?
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@jureathome (5361)
• Philippines
26 May 12
For me, as long as I can understand their message, and the message was suitable for the topic, I could care less about the grammar or spelling. Not everyone on mylot is fluent in English, and the guidelines discourage the members from discriminating based on that factor. I have even come accross comments that are really difficult to make out due to wrong word usage or syntax, but after reading it 2 more times, I get to appreciate the message it bears.
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@allknowing (130109)
• India
26 May 12
I am certainly not talking about those who find it difficult to express but there are many who despite knowing the language do not take the trouble. And as you know reading something that is well written does contribute in a positive way.
@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
27 May 12
Not everyone is as picky about grammar and spelling, so I don't think because it isn't written well means they are only here for the money. You have to remember, some member's mother language is not English and I am very impressed with some who I can have a conversation with and who wasn't raised in an English speaking country.. I on the other hand, even when I signed up for the money, I tried to make sure that my spelling, if not my grammar, was as perfect as I can make it..
• United States
28 May 12
What about those who are learning the English language? We have to give them some grace, and help them as well. I have friends both online and off whose speech is broken due to not knowing the language well, and after I get over the accent, we can communicate pretty good..
@allknowing (130109)
• India
29 May 12
There you are. You know carmel those who wish to learn the language watch those who they think are experts and if these experts are careless about their grammar and spelling imagine what effect it will have on these poor souls!
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@allknowing (130109)
• India
28 May 12
Most of us interact with each other here practically every single day and just as you would want someone in your real life to speak well here too one would enjoy reading what is written and this can happen if it is written well. I am sure there will be many who can make a difference.
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@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
30 May 12
I think that caring about what you are doing makes a huge difference. If someone comes on and rushes through every response trying to get in as much as they can, well, they are bound to make more mistakes. Not to mention that rushed responses can leave alot to be desired as far as content.
@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
3 Jun 12
I agree. I always take that in to consideration too. I think it is admirable that there are people that are learning a second language. I have had members ask to be corrected before in a PM if they mess up.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
3 Jun 12
I get the urge so many times to point out mistakes but we are not allowed to do so. But if users do not mind that will go a long way in helping out.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
30 May 12
There is more here than just earning those cents. Knowledge is shared and a half baked response could end up giving wrong information which could be detrimental. And as far as language goes there are many here who think they can learn from those whose first language is English and these users particularly, therefore, should take the trouble to write correctly.
@Bluedoll (16774)
• Canada
3 Jun 12
I think we learn from each other. Certainly if anyone has the desire to improve their skills and writing it will happen because many discussions are well suited for paying more attention to those things. It depends on the motivation and I think it is something to encourage. I’ve always been a believer in good example and if people can see advantage then they will be motivated. It is not always about money and it changes when it isn't so focused on earnings. I know, I can work on my discussions and want to keep trying. Certainly some members are not as interested in the three things you mentioned as much as others are. What the discussion is about and who is in it are other factors too most certainly.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
4 Jun 12
If everyone tries to spend a little time to write well it could raise the bar of this site, as a well written piece is a pleasure to read.
@Bluedoll (16774)
• Canada
4 Jun 12
I do agree totally. A well written comment is a reward in itself. Perhaps it is a question not of if to raise a bar but how? Some might excel and still go quickly prepairing for the jump, while others might fear, freeze and stumble, still others race under it. I love watching the bodies that gracefully rise and bend so delicately with so much beauty which clear the bar then land accomplished in the sand box.
@welkin (106)
• China
26 May 12
I would be very glad if my responses and comments are admired without spelling mistakes or grammatical errors by someone.This is what I am trying to do.English is not my mother language,so it might take me more time to learn how to do well with it.At first,I might spend a long time to write what I want to say down.Even doing like this,I can't guarantee there is no problem with my expression,and I doubted whether readers can understand it. I'd have to say that I do admire quality discussions,responses and comments.Every time I read a quality response,I really enjoy it a lot.As you referred,some people are here to earn money,so they sometimes pay much more attention to the number of responses and comments they have posted than contents' quality.I think it does harm to this community.We need more people who can contribute qualify contents here.Do you agree with me on this? What's more.I have a suggestion to mylot,that the reputation of users should be variable.If someone keeps posting meaningless responses and comments,his/her reputation should decrease,whatever his/her original reputation is.Similarly,his/her reputation should increase if he/she keeps posting quality contents in this community.I don't know whether this mechanism is already in mylot or not.What do you think of this idea,friend?
@allknowing (130109)
• India
26 May 12
Those who want to improve their language, here is a golden opportunity for them. But they would rather not bother, as myLot does not mind and we are not supposed to criticize either. I too enjoy reading something that is written well.
@welkin (106)
• China
26 May 12
You are right!It's a golden opportunity for people who want to improve their language here.I know you are tolerant of the spelling mistakes or grammatical errors we make here,right?lol... Anyway,thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts with me.have a nice day,friend!
• United States
27 May 12
Your question resonates with me in that it causes me to ponder the type of society that we live in where the average person has to spend, and be so overwhelmingly consumed with earning fiat. Most of us aren't even getting paid what we think is money! It's unfortunate but I suspect that the flip side of this would be a society, utopian in it's design where everyone has lots of money, but at that point no one would value the money, gold or whatever medium of exchange we use because we would all have so much of it. I personally can imagine a world in the near future where our life pursuits and energies will be focused on perhaps more lofty goals.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
27 May 12
Wanting to earn is perfectly in order as every cent counts for many here but if one could do that by putting in their best so that those who read their responses/comments also get their money's worth in that not every one here only seeks money but good reading too. That every one will be rolling in wealth will be a far fetched dream and let it be a dream as that would be the worst thing that can happen. Disparities make this world interesting.
@GardenGerty (156373)
• United States
26 May 12
I am certain that it would help the content if people came in truth to communicate. I am not sure if it would help the misspellings and so forth, as I believe some of that comes from not having proper translations. I even get in a hurry and have some misspellings and misuses. I think it would be different if we would take the time to preview and edit. I, for instance, used the word "know" instead of "no" the other day, and saw it as soon as I posted. Some people post from a phone that tends to decide what they should be saying, and makes really nonsense word substitutions. I agree, however, that we could all stand to improve the quality of our material.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
26 May 12
I take a lot of trouble when I input here and as you say sometimes it escapes our attention and 'know'' becomes 'no' and vice versa! If myLot had some ratings vis-a-vis good presentation perhaps users would then wake up. I am positive users can do much better than what they do here and not because they do not know how to do it but because they know 'anything goes'
@kalav56 (11464)
• India
26 May 12
As you know I participate infrequently here and write responses as and when it suits me. I do not worry too much about the small mistakes I spot here and there. As such I am quite happy with this forum.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
26 May 12
There are a few users here who right so well that I simply enjoy reading through their responses. I hardly have time to read literature which I miss immensely and when I come across something that is written well it makes my day.
@megamatt (14292)
• United States
27 May 12
Well, and this is going to come across as very cynical, but I'm going to say it anyway, if it wasn't for the money, there is a pretty good chance that most of us would have not found this website in the first place. Of course, we know that there are other qualities once we got here. It is obvious how ever many people who are attracted here. I don't think it would really matter once. Those who take care of their spelling and grammar will take care of their spelling and grammar regardless. And those who won't, won't. Okay, a few might, but other than that, not really. One might say that if people are here to just have a nice time, they'd care even less about their quality, because they won't want to think. Plus, as long as your work is legible, then half of the battle is won to me.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 May 12
I know exactly what you mean allknowing. Although I don't worry about spelling and grammar mistakes so much (I've made a few typos on here too) I think the content would be different. I find it easy to spot replies that are based on money making as opposed to replies where the person has an actual interest in the topic. I also find that some of the topics for discussion on here are pretty lame, as are some of the responses, especially at the end of the month when people are trying to make payout. Also some people start the same discussions over and over again but word them differently each time i.e. "how to make money on mylot", "what is the best way to earn on mylot", "do you make more responding to starting discussions", "do you do the tasks on mylot" etc etc etc. So in answer to your question, YES, I think that not only would some people's participation have a different hue but the whole site would as well.
@allknowing (130109)
• India
27 May 12
It is the users and users alone who can raise the bar and it is not difficult because most here can write flawlessly. It is the 'anything goes' attitude that is responsible for what we see today. I agree with you that sometimes errors do creep in but they are not deliberate I too am guilty of that but when I see it I place another comment correcting the typo.