What do you say to a LIMIT of how many discussions can be started

Grand Junction, Colorado
February 25, 2007 11:02am CST
in a day? A week? I have seen so many discussions started in different forms about the people who start one discussion after another, that I just have to ask should there be a limit? It seems that the general population here thinks there should by how many discussions are started on this topic. What do you think the limit should be? I understand that some people are only here for the money and think that thats the way to earn it, but I have found in my personal experience that when you take the time to start a quality discussion that reaches a wide audience you earn more than discussions that get little to no responses. The discussions that I started int the beginning that only appealed to a small audience and got few responses those days I earned less than days that I started one that was popular. I have over 300 friends in my friends list and have now turned the notifier off to those that start one discussion after another not bothering to respond to others or even check their discussions to answer any questions that may have been asked of them or have even bothered to pick a best response. Although I enjoy responding and don't do so for the best response, I can't help but think that these people don't even bother to rate the people that respond to them. Mtlot wants us to do quality here and to participate fully, and that is what I have tried to do. The members in my friends list that do this have started meaningless discussions, I know that this is subjective, that what is meaning less to me may not be to others, but the guidelines are specific on this and that is what I'm referring to. As always I mean no disrespect and this is just my 2 cents worth. So what do you think, should there be a limit to how many discussions one can start in a day? I'm open to all thoughts and ideas.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I agree with you that there should be better control and stricter guidelines on the discussions that are started. Perhaps limiting the number of discussions may help, but it won't entirely solve the problem. Some people will just start less meaningless discussions per day. You're right that these people cannot be earning any money, and chances are that a number of these discussions will be deleted after the first of the month. It seems that myLot does some sort of audit or clean-up each month before they pay us, and there are always people screaming that their earnings and credits have been decreased. That is because the stupid discussions and all of the responses have been deleted. I don't see how any user could keep up with more than 5 quality discussions in a day, and even that seems like a lot. If you are reading and rating the responses, and commenting when needed, how could you manage more than that? By limiting the discussions, myLot would force everybody to put more thought and quality into their work here. I think this is a great idea. Today, for example, I have noticed a member posting multiple new discussions that are copy/paste from another site. They just post some medical information and that is supposed to be a discussion. I have counted 7 of these started by this user this morning. To me, this is not a discussion unless you copy/paste something that is making a point for your discussion.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Great post Lauriefnp! I congratulate folks who scour the news to present interesting topics. Hey, if Mylot is contributing to the education process, then power to them! But, you're right. I've also seen questions that make no attempt to stimulate dialogue and interaction. 'Course, there is no hard and fast rule on that either. For example: the other day someone posted a question about the weather in their hometown. Sounds, pretty inane, but it turned out to be an interesting topic, at least to me. Perhaps the answer is for Mylot to create an 'in-house' sub-rating in their algorithm that defines a members quality. And, use the quality inidicator to determine a limit of questions. Any thoughts on this, anyone?
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
First sorry all for not being a part of my discussion, my daughter wanted to mylot today and since she is doing so well at school she was given the computer for part of the day! I'm back. Laurie, I wanted to comment on the deleting of discussions, (This is said in a sarcastic tone of voice) I'm looking forward to the beginning of the month to the 50 or more discussions that will be started asking about the money they lost and the discussions that they can't find and why their numbers are down. NOT!!! This is in part the reason for starting this discussion. I'm just tired of going to new discussions posted to find page after page after page posted by the same person, a discussion uploaded every 1 to 2 minutes ending up with 30 to 50 discussions or more. I'm sorry that is ridiculous and I don't care what anyone else has to say on that. (Sorry I have read some of them and they aren't quality) to ask "Do you like show xyz?" and the next question "What do you think of actor xyz?" in the same show, and then "What did you think of actor xyz, in the plot of xyz show?" You could have started 1 quality discussion with all of that information instead you have 3 discussions as far as I'm concerned that aren't quality. I have posted 4 discussions one day 2 in the morning 1 in the evening and another at like 1 in the am (as I couldn't sleep) :) I can't tell you how difficult it was for me to keep up with my discussions. Not only just reading and rating but as you know I like to be an active member in my discussions. I like for people to know that I take the time to read my responses and rate them, and respond as much as possible. (Probably the one rule that I break here is replying to my responses, and I'm sorry for that mylot) although I did stop just saying '"Thank you for responding." So in regards to your 5 seems like a lot for me it would be impossible. I don't think that I will ever do more than 2 in a day, and even then it usually for me isn't everyday, it's every couple. That works for me, but I understand that it doesn't work for all. :) Ladyluna, first I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful compliment, words escape me at the moment to say how touched I was by that. I really try to find topics that will interest a wide range of people. I also take a lot of time in preparing a discussion, I bought a notebook and I jot down ideas in it all day long, then I work on discussions from their to post. I also have spent the weekend taking photos to insert in to my discussions and the discussions that others have started. I right now could do 20 quality discussions that would be well thought out, and I believe to be thought provoking. No one liners. :) I LOVE the idea of the "in house" sub-rating in the algorithm to determine a limit of discussions one could start based on the quality they exhibit in mylot. It's brilliant as far as I'm concerned. I think that you should submit that idea. :) I wanted to add I started a weather discussion, is that the one that your speaking of? LOL I did enjoy hearing about what others were going through on the day that I had 75 degrees, It made me appreciate where I live that much more.:)
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Good morning Beaniefanatic13, As for the compliment ... it is deserved. You're very welcome! As for the suggestion on the sub-algorithm ... I wouldn't have a clue how to go about submitting a suggestion to Mylot. That admission isn't terribly surprising, since I don't really know my way around here yet. I'll eventually figure it all out. ' Course by then, they'll probably have the issue resolved. As for the weather discussion ... It was not one started by you, but you were a respondent. The one that I'm referring to had the Alberta, Canada respondent. And, the latest is a respondent from the Phillipines. Oh, here's how you'll remember ... you posted a pic from 'outside your window'. The post gave me a sense of 'all being right with the world'. All the early posters identified the time of day (at post time), the current conditions, and a sense of private comraderie at enjoying the beginning of the day together. It was nice!
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I do not care if people post a lot of discussions. I get ticked over the people that respond to discussions without putting much thought into what they are writing. Those that responsed with few words are clearly looking to only increase the number of responses they have made for earnings sake alone. Yes, there are those people out there that do not bother to rate or comment on the discussions they post. Perhaps MyLot could rectify this problem by awarding them less earnings. I agree that if you are going to post a discussion you need to actively participate in it too. You need to rate them all and comment on a few if not all. The community as a whole is what keeps me coming back to MyLot. Thanks for being one of those that make it a good place to be. Huggers to you.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
25 Feb 07
As always I thank you for responding and you are on of those that keep me coming back also. :) I have to wonder if mylot does award less money to them, as I see that some of their discussions that they have started say that they started x amount of discussions and x amount of responses and "I only got .27 cents." You would think by now that people would of heard about quality. LOL I don't like when people comment either with no thought or repeating the same as someone else, or the ones that really get me are the ones that, didn't even pertain to the discussion or posting their link with nothing else. We are on the same page there. :) Just my 2 cents worth. Huggers back at you, happy mylotting! :)
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• Netherlands
25 Feb 07
i think you are so right! if mylot rewards you for your activity i guess a lot of the people forget about the idea of making 100 discussions a day! i only don't like it that i have to search so long to find my own answers in discussions! and i already know that when i am number 50 or higher i don't have any comment!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I agree that there are too many people starting a ridiculous amount of discussions about absolutely nothing. Those are the ones who's notifiers I have turned off as well. Though I don't have as many friends on my list as you do, it still makes it hard to keep up with them when I get 10-15 notifications from one person, only to open them up and find discussions that were obviously just something just thrown together to make money. I check in on these members and see if they might have any worthwhile discussions to offer, but I don't want to have my mailbox flooded with notifications from them. Additionally, there are members who spam the site with post after post after post. As I reported to Mylot a few days ago, I had to wade through the first 36 pages of one the category before I could find a full page that was not flooded with dozens of nonsense from one or more of 3 particular members. On that particular day I reported a total of 5 such spammers. Each was posting at least one discussion per minute and had posted at least 30-50 discussions over the past hour. I wouldn't want to be too restrictive because I really like the freedom to write what we please here, but some people carry things too far. It hurts the members and it hurts the site.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
The 30 to 50 and more I believe to be spamming the system and have reported that also. I can't see how it's possible to upload that many discussions every minute. I can type pretty fast and have pretty fast internet service and there is no way that I can upload that many discussions, every minute. I have turned of the notifier to the ones that I have received 20 or more discussions in a short period of time from.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I've done the same thing. I don't mind being notified of several discussions, but if someone gets carried away the rest get buried. I know who I'm not being notified about, so I just check in on them when I can. If I see something I can relate to I join in, if not maybe next time.
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• Singapore
25 Feb 07
I am not sure how many of those who start one discussion after another are really earning. But if there are real earners among them, they are going to scream at a limit. Another thing to highlight is that even though I believe people are really making money from myLot, it is not an amount that easily qualifies as a salary. Just my take.
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• India
26 Feb 07
u know what beanie, dont worry abt not bing able to respond to friends discussions etc. understand one thing that if the discussion is important and interesting, it will catch attention and bring in lot of debate and brainstorm. AND yes if u believe that limiting discussions in a day will help then well u are defaeating the purpose of this site. then u may as well limit the responses, the referals, the images uploaded etc. Dont try to change people. they will never change. U want to make a change then first change yurself. there are ways to get noticed here. plz dont get offended,i have no intentions to hurt u its just that i happen to be practical in my appraoch .
• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I take no offense. I thank you for your opinion. My discussions aren't having a problem they get lots of attention. Some more than others but I have no discussions that have 0 response. :) Also I'm not trying to "change" others I started this discussion because of so many discussions started about to many discussions started, to get peoples opinions on how to maybe "fix" it so that we aren't hit with spammers, not everyone reports the abuse.
@weemam (13377)
26 Feb 07
the week I started there was one person DOD about 10 or 12 one after the other I answered them all as I thought i was supposed to lol . they were all (daft questions) I know that now , I think the most I have done is 5 , I try so hard to make them interesting but my recipes and my poems don't seem to inspire people lol . I am like you , I do try to make them interesting but we can only do our best , thanks for this discussion it helps clear things xxx
• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
You inspired me to create a folder, while I don't comment on them they are greatly appreciated.
@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
25 Feb 07
If someone can post quality discussions, I don't bother much that how many they are starting a day. But in reallity we can see that if someone is starting too much discussions those are not quality discussions at all. Because of them we have a hard time to find a quality discussions out from the junk. I also have turned notify off for some of my friends for this reason. If nobody reply to that kind of discussions then they will learn a lesson I think.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I to don't respond in hopes that they will learn a lesson. I'm not referring to those that have started multiple quality discussions a day I'm referring to the large amount of spamming discussions that people start in 1 minute intervals, like 30, 50 and more. :)
@candygurl24 (1880)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
I always post only 3 discussions at a time...and that is about 2 - 3 times a week. That way there is time for those particular discussions to get a decent amount of responses. Also, I cannot think of more than 2 or 3 decent posts a day. As for a limit, I think that a limit of 5 per day would be decent. That way the posts will have a chance at getting seen better, and we will also be able to respond to more quality posting (hopefully).
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I think that a lot of good discussions get overlooked because they get buried behind a spammer. Their discussion never had a chance. If a friend doesn't see it then it just gets lost.:)
• Pakistan
26 Feb 07
I think that is a good idea because I feel that it will produce more quality discussion rather than just one line question/answers. I think a limit of 5-10 a day should be good enough. One more thing that I have noticed are that there are so many interesting discussions that are unanswered. I think that if there is a limit to opening discussion, more and more myLotters would answer discussions. I think this limit should be imposed as it will benefit myLot community but I know most of the people here might not agree with this as there are always two sides of a coin.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
True, that is what makes us all uniques we all have an opinion. I'm glad that most of us can explain our positions rationally with out getting angry and defensive. This discussion was meant to understand what the majority is looking for. :)
@Chele2k2 (241)
25 Feb 07
Maybe not a limit but perhaps a given amount of time between discussion started by one user, this will significantly reduce the amount of discussion being popped out from those users. For those that produce quality discussions, it would not affect them as they will be spending much of their time in adding to the quality of their discussion. I have to admit, I have also turned off the notify button on 1 or 2 users in my list because they have churned out discussions one after another.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I'm up to 6 with notify off. Thank you for your suggestion and I like it. This wouldn't affect any quality discussions only those that are upload one every 1 to 4 minutes. Great suggestion. Something to really think about. :)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I say... No. Honestly in my opinion people should have the right to give all their opinions. But some people over use this, and therefore they post spam and all that stuff that really annoys us, but mylot takes care of that, and us too. All we gotta do is report those spammers and my lot takes care of it. There you go! I think that if there was a limit, it'd be 15 discussions a day for people over the 7 star ranking. People who are between 5-7 only get 5 discussions and people from 1-4 only get 1-3 discussions a day. But i still disagree that it should happen.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
Discussions based on ranking? Umm I like it, but do see problems with it. I have several people in my friends list that have a star that is lower than I would expect. I see them in the same discussions that I visit and there responses are always very well thought out, so I really don't think that it would be fair to limit them because of the star, the discussions that they start are always great and I look forward to seeing them in my in box. I understand that you don't agree to a limit and appreciate you still giving an option. Very well thought out.
• United States
25 Feb 07
I don't think there should be a limit on the discussions per se but I think that something should be done about the qulity whether it's starting a discussion or responding,I am having a problem with friends. I respond to their discussions but only a few are responding to mine.I know all answers can't be quality as sometimes a discussion will only require a sentence answer but some people respond like that no matter what the topic is.I had a member who kept telling me "nice topic.no idea" to no matter what topic I was discussing.It was so aggrevating as I know he/she was only trying to get his/her earnings up
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I have one that responds only with their link. I have had been rating them negatively, then I reread the guidelines and now I report them as abuse, mylot has deleted them from my discussions. That is the only way that I now to get that to stop. I would report that as abuse to mylot.
• United States
25 Feb 07
I believe that there should be a limit just for the simple fact that when someone dumps 30 conversations at once in a topic that are all of the "I like to eat, do you?" quality then it becomes harder to actually find a true discussion. My other problem is how in the world can some of these people do so many discussions, some of them are started one minute apart from each other, either there is some form of cheating or these folks are extremely fast typists.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I have no idea how they do it. I have very fast internet service and type pretty fast myself but I can't upload that fast. Then again I add tags and proof my discussions too.
@onabreak2 (1161)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I dont care how many discussions someone starts as long as they are discussions and not stupid questions, rants or diary inserts about a persons day. It is getting harder . The ones that write Do You Like Pickles will not be making that much money and need To be marked as abuse
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@Vankis (30)
• Portugal
26 Feb 07
I create few discussions and in fact i read a lot and give a comment in really few. I only write if i had something to say i not write just to win money.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
26 Feb 07
MAybe they could put in a limit depending on your rate. A person rated a 10 might be unlimited, while a person who was a 3 or 4 might be very limited and of course everyone in between could have an increasing number. I know what you mean, I just looked a profile where in a week someone must have had 200 questions and 2 responses at most per question. Most of the questions could be answered with
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@gurl976 (48)
• United States
26 Feb 07
There shouldn't be a limit to how many discussions can be started. While I want people to start quality discussions, the meaning of quality is subjective. A topi that is of interest to one person, may not be to another. By limiting the number of discussions that are started, we could miss out of quality discussions
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• United States
26 Feb 07
i do think there should be some limit to how many discussions you can start in a day because there are many discussions out there that are one word or one line discussions and require one word or one line responses. in turn you don't make that much money off of it. i think the limit should be 10 a day. that way many people won't be able to post millions of discussions and the ones that post good quality discussions can be posted. some of my friends have written good discussions and a few a day. i have over 600 friends in my list and it is hard to respond to the good ones when you are overcome with short ones. i rate everyone in that responds to my discussions, respond back to everyone that responds to my discussions and try to choose best responses. which isn't always easy.
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@classy56 (2882)
• United States
25 Feb 07
yes,there should a limit or have a certain amount of words in the discussion.i also was getting alot of email notice of my friends starting new disussion,an the discussion were only 3 word discussion.that made no sence to me.they were also posting nonsence discussion with no meaning.i say yes,yes,yes,stop the nonsence discussion!
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Feb 07
That is an interesting question but I don't think mylot will ever put a limit on the discussions one can start. However, you do make a good point as many discussions are not quality discussions. I don't bother responding to discussions that don't have anything important to discuss.