How to reply to a recipe Post?

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January 31, 2007 9:46am CST
I have noticed this trend of posting recipes here lately. I just do not know how to reply to these. Most of the time when I get to them, no one else has replied as well. So I am finding myself at a lost for words as to what to say. I don't want to leave a two word reply. QUESTION, in regards to your Mylot Friends. What do you do when you come across a friends discussion that just isn't interesting, but it's their only post for the day or even the week?
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Yes, it is hard to respond to a recipe post. If I like the recipe I still write some word to apriciate the post. Regarding friends discussion, if it is a in a day post or after a long time post,I always try to respond all though the post is not interesting for me. But I can't respond when I don't have knowledge about that topic. Like lots of my friend post topic related to children, I can't add anything to that. I don't have children so no knowledge.
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31 Jan 07
I can understand about topics you have no knowledge of. I find the ones directed to certain groups as strange. When they are not directed at anything I am affiliated with, I have no problem just passing them up.
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@patootie (3593)
2 Feb 07
Just want to let you know that 'shakthiprasad' has copied and pasted sweetlady10's post word for word and used it as his own post .. I have reported him and marked his reply as a copy !!
@patootie (3593)
31 Jan 07
Oh dear .. I do know what you mean .. there is a whole 'gang' of cooking experts with delicious sounding recipes .. I usually put something like how nice it sounds, or how easy, of great to use simple/unusual ingredients .. then I say what I would use that recipe for .. give it a little bit of an individual touch to my reply .. but I agree they are hard discussions to reply to .. but some really great recipes changing hands ..
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31 Jan 07
I am just not that great of cook, I would suggest somthing that would be awful. LOL
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• United States
31 Jan 07
If I have nothing to add or say in response to the discussion, regardless if it is one of my friend's posts, then I don't respond. As for recipe posts, if I like the recipe, I may ask a question about it, or comment that it sounds really good. You aren't obligated and it is unreasonable for folks to expect all their friends to respond to each and every one of their discussions. I feel that is not the only purpose in friends on this board. Many folks here have misconstrued it, into thinking that is the only purpose to have friends, and with false expectations that their friends should reply to each and every post. It is just a very unrealistic expectation, that I hope will change.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
31 Jan 07
If I had that expectation I woud not have any friends bacause I don't seem to post many discussuions that any of them would respond to. I have because I happen to like their discussions and haveing them as friends let me keep track of their discussions.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Dee, I didn't mean it in a bad way. I guess I have just seen quite a few discussion posts here on myLot the last few days, where some folks seem to think that all their friends should reply to all their discussions. I don't feel that way. I think having friends is just a nice way to keep in touch, like you. Sorry if it came out wrong in the above post.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Good topic. I would think it very hard to reply to recipie posts. Unless you love to cookand maybe have some tips or ideas on how to "add" to the recipie. All you can do otherwise is maybe thank them for sharing and talk about if you think it sounds good or not. As far as uninteresting discussions. Even if they are your friends...I wouldnt imagine they expect you to reply if you just dont feel like you have something to contribute. This place for me is something I enjoy doing. If I run across something that would cause me any sort of displeasure answering I guess I just wouldnt do it. While its nice to have friends to reply to your posts, if in real life, you would probably just change the subject!
31 Jan 07
Great point, about if it were real life you would change the subject. I do that to! LOL
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I personally would feel worse trying to reply if I had nothing to say, than trying to reply and coming out with a few words as my answer. I worry too that any answer that short might be deemed inappropriate by Mylot. Therefore, unless something about a recipe post really catches my fancy and I can think of something to say, at least a couple of sentences long, I just pass over it. I feel bad doing so, and i have apologized to at least one person on my friend list who posts recipies explaining that I am just not a cook and I don't really know what to say back to most of their posts. But I would really rather not reply to someone than not have anything to say. As you can tell, it's rare that I post anything less than two sentences long, unless they are really quite long sentences. LOL ^_^
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31 Jan 07
See I have the same problem. If I have something to say, you can bet it's going to be a few sentences at least. Thanks for the reply.
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@skyblade (482)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Sorry but I think posting a recipe is stupid. First of all its information you could just get by googling. Second of all, its boring. Finally, it just seemed like a half-assed attempt at posting something valuable to this forum. I don't respond to them and I usually end up reporting people who are posting recipes.
• United States
31 Jan 07
I tried to answer to a couple but one user in particular was filling my mail box up with them so I just skip them now. I have given two recipes on myLot and they were responses
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31 Jan 07
I had seen one, it was one of the first one's I got, that I could actually related to and add something to it. Then all of a sudden it's was like the attack of Betty Crocker, LOL. I have to skip them, but I do feel bad for it. Honestly I just don't think they make for a good discussion.
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
31 Jan 07
I usually try to respond in my friends' threads, but I must admit that it is at times a bit difficult. The recipes you are referring to usually don't need any addition, and answering with a simple "thanks for the tip" doesn't really contribute constructively. If I were a cook, then maybe I'd have something to say! ;)
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31 Jan 07
I had considered just posting to each one, "hmmm sounds like it could use more salt", but I didn't want the "-" thrown at me for it, :-)
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@mcc371 (918)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Recipes can make for a great discussion if you like eating, cooking, or certain tastes. I have joined many groups that discuss recipes, problems they had when trying something new, ingredients they used and the amounts called for. When I reply to a recipe post I read the entire recipe and decide if it sounds like something I would like to eat, or maybe something my family might like. I often ask if they varied the cooking times, or if they have tried subbing something for a different ingredient. I try to see what the nutrition breakdown would be or if they know (since I am diabetic) Sharing recipes is a great way to try something new and often times people will share a memory about how their family enjoyed it and where the recipe came from.
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
1 Feb 07
Well I'm not interested in recipe discussions and never responded to any .. actually I think I responded only once saying: this sounds delicious, thanks :) .. and that's it .. your second question applies to this, many of my friends are married ladies or gentlemen and they post many discussions about raising kids, schools, housekeeping and other things that I don't know much about .. mostly I think that they don't expect me to respond to these discussions but some may think I should if they don't know that I'm single and have no kids .. It's awkward to respond just to say anything but I do it sometimes if I can find anything to say .. other times I start replying then delete it again and move on , anyway if it's not interesting and I have some knowledge of it I can make an effort to say anything just for friendship sake :)
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1 Feb 07
LOL, I thought I was the only one. Really wishing I could make a reply, start typing it out, but my heart isn't in it and it sounds silly, so I delete and give up.
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@shawn2008 (296)
• United States
1 Feb 07
well if nobody has posted on it i would make something up so they dont get their hopes down
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1 Feb 07
I try to sometimes, if I can. For the same reason. I feel bad if they don't have any responses.
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@jen0526 (82)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I like swapping recipes, because its a good way to find new things to feed my children. I guess in the way of responses to them is to contribute alternatives to the given recipe. Like instead of using carrots maybe trying a kind of squash instead (as an example) and then posting what you thought of the change to the recipe would be a good idea. Just my two cents
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• United States
1 Feb 07
I will do the same Jen. There are recipes that have been posted and I have used similar ones that I have altered and give the ingredient I used.
@ukchriss (2103)
31 Jan 07
I usually just put .. ummm that sounds nice, Thanks for sharing
31 Jan 07
I reckon that's one way of doing it. Thanks for sharing.
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@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I don't respond. I do not post interesting topics, just things that go on in my life, so I don't expect alot of responses. I prefer to respond to othersbut only if they are interesting. I just by pass them if they don't interest me.
• Dallas, Texas
1 Feb 07
I love to cook - We can share some recipes!!!! Lets try to get some cooks referred to the site so the conversations can be more interesting - The reason I do not reply to the recipe post is because they give you all the info in the recipe. I just look and see if it is something I would like. If it is I copy and paste in in my note book then move on. I should post something to let the person know if it sounds good or not or if I have cooked something similar before. Thanks for pointing that out!!!!!
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@cillerman (403)
• Bulgaria
1 Feb 07
Yes, just pass the discussion. There is not point in answering something that you are not interested in. As for the other question - I think you can guess if it'll be delicious. What do/don't you like in the recipe. Or just compliment. There are a lot of ways to respond to anything, but be true to yourself.
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@Bee1955 (3885)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I only answer interesting posts, whether they are friends or not. As for answering a recipe post, simply add one of your own that is similar. If its for a cake, add a special cake recipe you like to make. If its for a casserole, likewise and etc. OK?
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
1 Feb 07
Maybe if it is an uninteresting subject I might try and turn it to something interesting by approcing it differently. However some friends I have would never post anything uninteresring though.. If it was a recepie I might say what I think about it - and also might post a recepie of my own as a recomendation !
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@willocfc (965)
• Australia
1 Feb 07
I can understand that you want to help your friends out by responding to thier posts, but at the end of the day whats the point if you have nothing productive to say. You are not obligated to respond to everyone, and maybe thier next post will be one you have something to contribute too
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@Sir_bobby88 (8242)
• Singapore
1 Feb 07
Depend what is the question , prehaps you can give some comments about the ingridents for examples or suggest better ingridents yea ...
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