How much average time do you spend in responding to a post?

@dpk262006 (58720)
Delhi, India
September 25, 2012 3:22am CST
Hi all! I was wondering how much time you devote while responding to a post. If I have to post a response, then I need to read and understand the post and then gather my thoughts for drafting a response. Then I type my response. Thereafter, I need to re-check my response for any amendments or correction and then I submit it. Then I am required to provide appropriate 'tags' for the response before it finally appears on the board. I have observed that the entire process takes at least 8-12 minutes on an average for submitting a single response. I would like to know how much average (total) time do you spend while responding a discussion and what do you feel whether your average time is more, less or appropriate. Your views and thoughts please.
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@fantabulus (4000)
• India
25 Sep 12
I know my friend deepak you are not telling true because 10 to 12 minutes are more time and your speed is fast so you not take more time for respond. But in my view this is depend upon topic if contents is clear and understand then response with 5 to 7 minutes. Reading, understanding and typing with in 5 to 7 minutes. But still not observed now I will check this today. Nice discussion.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi fanta!! I am really glad to hear that you could post a response within 5-7 minutes. Kudos to you. I just wanted to stress that right from reading a new discussion to the final submission (tagging etc.) when my response appear on the screen, it takes 8-10 minutes. I normally do not write one line responses. All the best to your daughter for her NCC camp. You could join us as and when you are free. Thanks for sharing.
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• India
25 Sep 12
Ohhhh I forget your nick name laddu you are laddu for me not dpk or deepak. Now I am not active here because my daughter is preparing for going NCC Camp.
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@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
25 Sep 12
I think it depends in every post. But it won't take me 9 minutes to comment on a post. I don't do the tagging always because sometimes I don't know what to put on the tags. :D But I always see to it that every post counts, I mean that every post is helpful and has significance to the discussion. because some mylotters are just posting and posting without even reading the caption below the title, I don't want to be those kind of people. And honestly, I don't really double check the spelling. Hihi. If I saw that there's a red line, I immediately change it in the correct spelling. Like this post, it took me 5 to 6 minutes to submit it. lol :D
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi fatlex! You see if you are unable to do 'tagging' and just 'skip' it might save your 1-2 minutes and if your are doing it for 10 posts, it saves at least your 10 minutes. I try to 'tag' every post because when I receive comments on my responses and need to post my counter-comments, if I've not already done the 'tagging', am prompted again to post 'tags' and this wastes my time. Many thanks for sharing.
@JenInTN (27515)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I suppose it depends on the discussion and what I have to add. I have had discussions that have taken me quite some time to respond to because of the content. I do need to use the preview option a little more than what I do though. There have been a ton of times that I have submitted with a misspelling, caught it as it was posting, tried to stop it, failed miserably. Average..yes..5-10 minutes for me...that is without that extra time it takes to preview appropriately and fix errors.
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Hi Jen! Nice to see you here, it is true that it depends upon the contents of the discussion and how much it evince interest. I believe that an average time of 5-10 minutes is perfect. Keep it up. Thanks for joining us.
@much2say (50485)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Sep 12
Hi dpk! Hmmm, good question! I don't actually time myself - because then I know I would lose time! Basically when I respond, my thoughts flow into my fingers . . . I type as I think . . . and in most cases I can type pretty fast. Some responses can take just a few seconds (especially those one liners, if I'm trying to be funny, for discussions from certain myLot friends). Sometimes I can't "think" - especially for responses that need to be in length on my end - so I open up another window to continue on myLot til my brain can focus on that particular discussion again - so then it would take much longer. I don't have a lot of time to be here period, so I get in what I can . . . in most cases, I can only be here 5 minutes here and there . . . or maybe an hour in total if my son naps . . . or maybe 15 minutes if the kids occupy themselves . . . or maybe a couple minutes if I'm cooking and waiting . . . it really depends. I can only give the various time totals of my mylot time per chance that I can be on the computer - the individual time depends on what my brains says - ha ha. I know dpk discussions mean my brain will be picked (ha ha) as they are always thought provoking . . . so I will do what I can to ensure he gets a "proper" response . . . however long it takes (that's what I think is appropriate - regardless of "time").
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi much2say! I agree with you that when we start writing a response, we can not time it because thoughts keep flowing and sometimes we want to share more than what we initially intend to. Nice to hear that your typing speed is very good. Yes, I do agree with you that time should not be a factor for posting an 'appropriate and proper' response and I know that you are always meticulous and clear in your thoughts and your express yourself wonderfully.. It is also true that when you just have 15 minutes response could be concise and brief because your mind is thinking about the next (off line) activity (in hand). Thanks a lot for appreciating the post. One of the best responses so far.
@surekharathi (14143)
• India
25 Sep 12
I think 5 to 10 minutes are sufficient to respond on any discussions lengthy or short. I not spend my 12 minutes for response if not understand then leave it without response but not spend more time on single discussion. Mostly I copy the title and paste it in the tag box. Some time use my own keywords.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi surekha! Oh! It is really surprising that you copy and past the title of a discussion in the tag box.. You are very smart because this way you could save time. You are pretty fast also because you could post in 5 minutes. I just wanted to press my point that right from reading a new discussion to the final submission (tagging etc.) when my response appear on the screen, it takes 8-10 minutes. I normally do not write one line responses. Thanks for sharing.
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• India
25 Sep 12
You are right keyword and response is not counted so no waste the time for responding on single discussion. Only with in 5 minutes it should completed.
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@riyauro (6421)
• India
27 Sep 12
wow congrats on the number of responses. i enjoyed reading them all. Wow I happy to say that I take at least 2 minutes sometimes to respond. It actually depends on how long the discussion is. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Hi riya! To be honest if you would not have responded to this post, I was going to send you a link of this post to prove that (a) my discussions could fetch more than 50 responses and ( b) you should also respond to this post ....but before that your response appeared on the board. You are right that brief response could take only 2 minutes to complete. Thanks for enriching the post. How are you doing? dpk
@mysdianait (66024)
• Italy
25 Sep 12
I don't count anything on here including the number of words, lines, sentences or the time it takes to respond. I wouldn't do it when holding a conversation offline so I see no point in doing it here either. If a topic gets my attention I say my piece and however long it takes to say it is of no importance. I am not being paid by the hour here
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
25 Sep 12
Even if you are not around your magnificent tally of more than 22600 posts is amazing and speaks volume about your dedication. One can not help the sudden ringing of a phone or say a call or an unexpected visitor, specially when we are seriously mylotting.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
25 Sep 12
Hi mys! Nice to see you here in my discussion after a long long time. I agree that when we converse we do not keep track of time, yet we know how much spare time we have. If one has plenty of time at his disposal then it does not matter how much time it takes to complete a response. Thanks for sharing.
@mysdianait (66024)
• Italy
25 Sep 12
I haven't been around as much as before and I was in different plaxes I guess I wish I did know how much spare time I have. I often think that I have a lot, then the phone rings or someone knocks on the door...
@sweety_81 (2124)
• India
25 Sep 12
It depends a lot on how much time I have at times, or how much interest in discussion I get. At times, I would even spent 8 minutes to respond to a discussion. Yet, my average is 4 to 5 minutes.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi there! I think if you are responding in one or two lines your average could even be less than 4 minutes. Thanks for joining.
@celticeagle (142267)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Sep 12
Hello. It really depends on what the subject is. If it is something I am passionate about I try to craft a good piece that will be well received and easily read. It usually takes me about five to ten minutes for a good response, longer for me to set up a discussion. I have to remember to proof read and re-write if needed. I think the longer we spend on either the better the outcome.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi cel! It is true that longer (time) we spend on any discussion, better would be the response. Yes, if the subject is of our choice, we tend to write more. Moreover, English being your native language you could think and type faster than those, whose first language is not English. Having said that - I must say your responses are worth enjoying and your respond methodically and logically.. It is always pleasure to read your responses. Thanks for enriching the post.
@jaiho2009 (39158)
• Philippines
25 Sep 12
hello dpk, 10 seconds
@jaiho2009 (39158)
• Philippines
25 Sep 12
another 10 seconds
@jaiho2009 (39158)
• Philippines
25 Sep 12
Seriously that depends on the topic. Usually it takes me 2 minutes unless the subject is a bit sensitive/emotional. It may take up to 5-10 minutes for very emotional topic (so seldom anyway)
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
25 Sep 12
Hi Jai - You have super sonic speed and that is why you have more than 14737 posts under your belt. It is nice to know you are so far in responding. (I should recommend your name for some award)
@thesids (22180)
• Bhubaneswar, India
25 Sep 12
Depends on who and what the discussion is about... I normally take the longest of my time when responding to Vandana and the shortest time to my dearest.... Ah, cannot name this one!!! But normally... it is hardly a difficult decision to make as I dont go beyond responding to 8-10 discussions a day - so I can afford some more time!!!
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi thesids! I can understand your point that as per the flavor of the discussion and as per the host you vary your time in responding and you can not arrive at an average time. Meaningful response requires some time to type, else one could write anything to any discussion and could move ahead (this is what I've observed in the recent past).
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Yes, you are very correct, sometimes it appears that the respondent has just typed on the key board without bothering about the fact whether the final response is relevant to the context of the discussion or not. (These kind of responses make me feel that I should not start a new post). I doubt if mylot could scrutinize the relevance of a response with reference to a discussion. It is true that old discussion having sum and substance could always be read for the sake of information, knowledge and interest and now a days their number is dwindling. Vandanaji is very 'mature' and experience and she writes and expresses herself with great conviction and maturity. (Hope she read this) Thanks for sharing your views.
@thesids (22180)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 Sep 12
I completely agree with your last statement in the ( ). There are lotters who dont read anything beyond the title and start typing - in fact some times it feels like they moved their hands on the keyboard and whatever keys their fingers touched was their response... sadly this is what MyLot should be checking but they are now getting older I was just reading an older discussion today about 2 and a half years old. The discussion didnt have much responses but the discussions were lengthy and they even seemed interesting to read even after so many months... and today... I hardly find a handful of such discussions - Sorry. But this is one reason I stick with Vandana's responses as she is so very open, so very polite and so very open to discussing... I am sure you would agree too on this one.
• India
25 Sep 12
On an average it takes about five to seven minutes for me to respond to the discussion. I am so fast at my typing and this is the one of the reason why it takes less time for to respond for a discussions.
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Yes, you appear very fast in writing I could guess and if you are responding briefly (in one or two lines), it may even take less than five minutes. Thanks for sharing.
@akagami (250)
• Indonesia
25 Sep 12
hmm i don,t know if i don,t busy and after i read new post in there if there is some articles i don,t get it maybe i don,t comment it. but if there is comment that make me interest maybe i spent 5-8 minute to write.
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@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
If you do not know then you could have skipped this post.
@lynnes75 (443)
• Malaysia
26 Sep 12
This sounds about right, 8-12 minutes is my average too, what with all the processes you mentioned, so I think this is the norm. Except, I usually skip the tags part when I'm responding or commenting at the same discussion post for a while. It will take longer if I already typed my response,review, than re-typed a whole new one. But I'd say, 8 minutes is my average.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi lynnes! Thanks a lot for understanding my point that I was calculating the time for the entire process (while many respondents just calculated the time of typing the actual response and answered this post). Wring a response in 8 minutes is pretty normal and good average. Thanks for sharing.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Believe me lynnes, your commitment here (and in your off line activities) will take you a long way and will help in your success in life. Thanks for your contribution.
@lynnes75 (443)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 12
Lol, I didn't know that was your point, but good to know I contributed positively :P Way I see it, if I bother to respond to any posts in here, then I better make sure I do so fully committed and actually care about what I write, thus the whole 8 minutes processes, haha :D
@kiran8 (15369)
• Mangalore, India
25 Sep 12
Hi deepak, I am timing myself for this discussion and post.I feel that once you read the discussion and are ready to post you have already made up your mind as to what you want to express so it takes hardly a minute or two, at the most 3 minutes for me to respond to a post unless I am planning to give a very lengthy response..
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi Kiran! It sounds great that you could complete your response within 3 minutes. But my stress was not on typing the response only. I just wanted to press the point that right from reading a new discussion to the final submission (tagging etc.) when my response appear on the screen, it takes 8-10 minutes. I normally do not write one line responses. It is, therefore, next time when you post a response try to check from the initially reading to the final submission and then see how much time it takes. Thanks for sharing and joining us.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Yes, I agree with what you have stated. Even if we have very good typing speed and we could think very fast, for framing an appropriate response, we need at least 5 minutes to finally submit it.
@kiran8 (15369)
• Mangalore, India
26 Sep 12
Put it that way, you are right deepak, one needs more time to respond. I too would say about 5-6 o even 8-10 minutes depending on the type of response and how much matter needs to be added etc etc...I agree that we need more than 3 minutes unless you already know what to post..
@anil02 (24692)
• India
26 Sep 12
It is not possible to time for respond. It depends upon the topic. I like to read topic before writing respond. Some time matter is too much lengthy so it took some more time.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Do you know maths and concept of average?
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@anil02 (24692)
• India
27 Sep 12
Yes I know maths and concept of average. But at present I am not in touch. Sorry
@mythociate (21528)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
26 Sep 12
Depends on your style and on the subject-in-discussion. With me in my style, there's 1) Deciding to respond and then 2) Responding. The first step usually happens as soon as I read the subject-line. Then I 'glance over the details' (which is why I suggest that people write in short (about 3-line) paragraphs, because 'glancing' eyes read that writing-method better) and launch into my response. The Response-step takes the most time. I went to writing-school long enough that I pretty-much edit-as-I-write (instead of 'first draft, revision, second draft, etc.') Sometimes I have to go back over it to make sure it says what I think I mean it to say, but it usually does, so ... For the 'tags,' I usually just put down what I think the whole response is about in one or two words.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Hi mytho! You narrated your response in an interesting fashion, however, you did not address the issue of 'average time'. Hope you will make a calculation and come back.
@mythociate (21528)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
27 Sep 12
We are not paid for 'time spent writing.' For that reason--and because I dare not expose such commonality about my writing ("A wizard is never late ... nor is he early; a wizard arrives precisely when he means to." Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring)--I told you exactly 'how long it takes'---as long as it needs to.
@magicchou (163)
• China
25 Sep 12
After reading your post, I find that your are a pretty responsible. For me, I do not proofread my post. I admire that! It usually takes me 5 minute to answer a question. But for silly questions like "what is the most popular language in the world" it take just take few seconds. For some complex question, it may take 10 minutes. All in all, it normally take me 5 minutes to answer a question. That vary according to different occasions.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
25 Sep 12
Hi magi! Thanks for the compliments and for your response. I appreciate your view that if the response is a bit lengthy it may take 5 minutes or more to submit it and shorter responses may take less time.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
HI ztuberi - You are right that am sensitive in what I read, write and understand.
@ShyBear88 (55395)
• United States
25 Sep 12
I don't keep track of things like that. I think it's a bit silly to keep track how long it takes me to write a response. I do read it and think just write what I think in my head but I never go back and correct it at all.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
25 Sep 12
It means you have plenty of time at your disposal and you do not need to keep a track.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
26 Sep 12
Hi 41CombedaleRoad - Thanks for agreeing with me and thanks for stating that it takes at least 8 minutes to complete the response (including final submission). Yes, I do agree with you that time flies when we are at mylot and we spend more time then owe originally think to spend here.
• Greece
25 Sep 12
I agree dpk because I also keep track from time to time. I check before I start on the Mylot site and when I finish. That is usually a shock and I find that I have spent much longer here than I realised. Time flies when you are having fun. I take about 8 minutes a comment but it is sometimes much longer because after I have made my comment I look and see what others have written. I do that afterwards so that my comments are at least original. Perhaps I would earn more if I did not do that but I think I would enjoy the experience here less.
@baddkabee (115)
• Singapore
27 Sep 12
I don't keep track how much time I spent responding to a topic that interests me. The longer time it takes for me is to choose which topic is interesting enough for me to participate in.
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
27 Sep 12
Keep a track from the next time so that you could improve your speed in responding a post.
• Singapore
27 Sep 12
Thanks for your advice dpk. I can see that you are conscious of your speed in responding a post. As seen on the number of your posts. Well, I am just here to learn from everybody and to share my opinion on things, not really to speed up my time sending posts. Cheers!