Do you ever just read discussions?

United States
December 3, 2006 6:33pm CST
Do you ever find yourself more content reading discussions and not responding? Or do you always respond to discussions if you open them? I guess it depends on what type of mood I'm in, because I sometimes find myself just opening discussions and reading them but not responding when I realize I can't add much to the conversation. It would be great if myLot added a "viewed" counter to discussions so that we could also see how many times a discussion has been viewed (regardless of how many responses it has received).
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@PatriciaL (2081)
• United States
4 Dec 06
That's a good idea about the counter. :) To answer, yes I do sometimes just read them and not respond. Just because I find it interesting and have nothing to say sometimes or someone already said what I was going to say. Other times I don't respond because my response I would have wouldn't be so nice lol.
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@minxy67 (2708)
4 Dec 06
I try to answer all my responses, yes and no replys, i usually just say thank you, I agree with you on the idea of a counter, thats a really good idea.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
I rarely read a discussion and not leave a response to what I have read. Sometimes after reading the entire discussion I cannot come up with an intelligent response. But, that is the only time I can say that I do not leave a response.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
4 Dec 06
I quite often open a discussion and just read it but not respond.Sometimes the question has been answered several times and there is really nothing more I can add.Or in some cases it is a topic I have no knowledge of and I am just reading it to learn more information,there's no point responding to something you don't know about.Having a "viewed" counter on the discussion is a great idea,it would be interesting to see how many times a discussion has been viewed compared to the amount of posts.
@Thewishlady (1046)
• Netherlands
4 Dec 06
I do it sometimes. I read a discussion because it interests me. Sometimes there just isnt anything to add that hasnt already been said and since we are expected to give quality responses I then deside to not responde anything...
• United States
4 Dec 06
The last couple days, I have found myself doing that more and more. The counter would be nice, but maybe some consideration in the earnings calculations would be good too. Not sure how complicated they want to make it or are willing to make it, but possibly crediting for starting an often viewed conversation and/or visiting a lot of conversations would be nice too.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I agree. This is a wonderful discussion and a nice idea about the counter for each discussion as well as the thought about earnings credit for being on mylot and reading others comments. I myself have found sometimes I have nothing new of value to add. Also, some discussions seem to take on such a life of their own, I do not want to read all 100 posts before responding. So, sometimes I read 20 or 30 and move on to something else.
@nana1944 (1367)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I sometimes read discussions that I don't respond to. It depends on whether or not I feel I can add something to a discussion if I respond or not. Most I feel I can add something to but if not I don't respond.
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@vicki2006 (127)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Yah sometimes I just read them and am not in the mood to reply or don't have enough to say or have TOO much to say and don't know where to start.:D Also, I hardly get any responses to my discussion and I really wish I got more... at least to my post about my bf leaving for the army. *sigh* Oh well I guess!
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• India
4 Dec 06
its ur duty to respond. mere viewing acc to me is morally incorrect
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I will open a discussion and read it. If I am not familiar with what they are talking about then I will close it and find another topic that I can share my opinion on. I think that it would be great to have a viewed counter to see how many people looked at the discussion. You should make that suggestion and see what they say.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
4 Dec 06
I do quite often. Either I end up having nothing to add to the discussion or someon has already said what I was thinking. There are also times I just read some questions to hear the replies, lol.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Actually, I often open them and find myself content just reading. If I do not feel that I can add much, I will move one. But there are times when I have thoughts about it and see that someone else had already did a wonderful job of wording it. So, occasionally, I will comment to the person letting the person know I read their response and what I thought. I think it is a great way to reinforce others. :) We all need encouragement and a nice pat on the back sometime.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Thanks Brokentia, I agree. I think commenting on other's comments is a good way to reinforce the community here.
• United States
1 Feb 07
great idea about the 'viewed' counter. I sometimes just read, sometimes I'm just not in the mood for responding, sometimes it's that I have nothing to add. Sometimes I just need a laugh and I find a lot of the writings here amusing.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yes, sometimes I'm just looking for information on a topic, and seek it out here. Or I just want something to read and don't want to take the time to respond, etc.
@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
yes, dont worry your not alone. sometimes i amuse myself watching (or should i say reading) other people's differing opinions on certain topics. and when i feel that i dont have anything more to add, if its already said or if i feel that im not well informed on the matter, i will not join in the discussion.
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
7 Dec 06
i find myself spending more time reading than posting, especially when the discussion is very interesting. sadly i can hardly add another post since most of the things i'd like to say have been mentioned, hehe. but it's fun just reading sometimes, just not fun that reading doesn't make us earn :)
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I've found myself doing that many times, especially on some of the long ones. By the time I'm through reading all of the responses and comments, at times I'm either too tired or not in the mood to respond myself. Other times, I've commented on other responses or comments, then forgotten to do a response. Sometimes every single thing I would have said has already been said, so I just don't add any response.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Yes, I do that sometimes too. Especially if it's a discussion with *alot* of responses. I feel like I would end up repeating something that's already been said. The counter is an interesting idea?
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
4 Dec 06
It happenes to me too...Sometimes the question seems nice, but the text beneath it stupid, so I don't dignify that question witn an answer...
• Saint Lucia
4 Dec 06
nice idea. i try to respond to every discussion especially if the person who started the discussion has a small number of responses. this encourage the new comers and help mylot.com alot.