How long should a discussion be left open??

@dfinster (3535)
United States
March 21, 2007 5:10pm CST
A while back I read a post in where the person said if you post a discussion you should only wait like a day before picking your best response. I found that when I post a discussion if it's getting a lot of responses I've left them open for a week because I wanted to make sure I got most of the responses before picking a "best" one. I think if I try to pick a best response after only a day or 2 I won't get to really be fair and give the best response to the person who deserves it. Is 5-7 days too long to leave a post open if you're continuing to get responses? How long do you leave your responses open? How do you decide what period of time it should be?
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• United States
21 Mar 07
Actually, it depends on the type of responses I've been getting, as well as on the influx of responses. In my experience, it takes me a day to decide on a "best response" because the later responses (like starting half of the day) are becoming repetitive. The common problem is that many respondents don't bother to read the entire discussion, or don't even skim through the responses (thus repeating the same thoughts). In this manner, the ones that are eligible for the "best response" are the ones that were given earlier on. As to the influx of discussions, if my posted discussion is a 'hot topic' and there are too many responses getting in within just a few hours, then I would wait until the responses have started to become repetitive then choose the "best response". It may take more than a day. It's actually YOUR choice based on your own experience. Nobody gets penalized for having to choose after a week or so. Happy myLotting!
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Yes, I understand what youmean about them getting repetitve sometimes. I know you can only respond a certain way or there are only so many ways to respond before they get repetitive in some cases. I just meant that sometimes it takes people more thana dy to see my post and I don't like to close it out before they get a chance to see it.
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
22 Mar 07
Though I am comparitively new and junior here on mylot. But my experience here tells me that one day is not enough for selecting a 'best response'. You may allow atleast two weeks' time to select the 'best response'. Because some of your dear friends may not be in a position to read and reply to your discussions, due to one reason or another, in one day. So allow some time, and after gaining experience over here, you would have come to know by now that how soon your sincere friends post their responses. I mean to say if you wish to read someone special friends' reply, you wait for few days, before selecting a best response. Earlier, I used to select 'best response' very quickly, but later on through others and through my experience I came to the conclusion, some of my friends here need sufficient time to respond. So I allow them time and wait for their response, before going for the kill. Time limit or response limit has to be decided by yourself for arriving at a 'best response'. Because even after selecting a 'best response', you will find people do contribute their views, if your discussion was meaningful and interesting.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
You're right. I definately don't want t "shortchange" any of my friends. Thanks!
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
By the way, cute baby picture!
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
23 Mar 07
Thanks for your comments. Thanks also for appreciating and liking the cute baby. I have added you in my list of friends. Hope to see you on board. with best wishes.
• Canada
22 Mar 07
I really try to wait at least 3 or 4 days before picking a best response if I'm still getting responses. If not, then I usually pick a best response and close the discussion because I can't bear to see them unresolved. I think it's all down to personal preference though - and really you should just do what you feel is best for you.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
You don't like unfinished business either? LOL! I know what you mean, I'm always concerned that 'll leave something open at the end of the month and I don't want to affect anyones ratings negatively. Thanks.
• India
22 Mar 07
Gosh so much to learn!!! thankx everyone for all ur comments
• United States
24 Mar 07
That is your call. Atleast 3 days if it is busy, or you will never figure out who to give it too. If is it slow, a week. Sometimes I wait two weeks. Not much longer though.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
24 Mar 07
You're right, I jus had that happen when picking a best response on another discussion. Lot's of responses to get lost in.
• Canada
23 Mar 07
I just leave them all open. Let people answer them if they find them interesting. Do good discussions ever really need to end? I don't think they do.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
23 Mar 07
You've got a good point there. I just want to make sure my discussions get resolved so that everybody gets credit.
@joanana (770)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I usually wait a few days simply because I want the chance to read as many of the responses that come in before selecting a best response. I've noticed that if I hurry too much to select one someone always comes in with something new and should have been the best response.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Yes, the same thing has happened to me in the past. Thanks for responding.
• United States
22 Mar 07
the fact is people will search for discussions that has been posted regardless how long it's been on. the purpose is people getting paid from responding and even those that have open discussions. so there shouldn't be a time period. even some of the old discussions can be found interesting to read.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I've come across some of those older discussions and you're right they are interesting sometimes, so I'm glad they're still there. Thanks for the response.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
22 Mar 07
It is totally a personal decision. If I have a discussion that is going gangbusters, I may wait a week or so to pick a best response. On the other hand, if there is a response that is so wonderful and perfect, I may not be able to help myself but mark it best response. I usually wait until there are 10 responses before I choose unless it has been a week or more. I find it very irritating when someone chooses a best response in less than 12 hours. I mean, come on. Give everyone a chance to earn best response. Not just your best friend.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Yes, I agree with you that everyone should get a chance. Thanks for resonding.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I usually wait a week to pick best response on my discussions. I've only started a few discussions and most of them have generated less than 10 replies, so I like to leave them open a reasonably long time to get some good answers in there before I pick. If I have a discussion that gets many answers quickly, I would probably pick after getting 20 or so replies. So, 20 replies or 7 days is my cut-off, whichever comes first.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
When a post that I start doesn't get much fo responses I agree w/ you and pick sooner than one w/ more responses. Thanks for the comments.
@karvin87 (1034)
• India
22 Mar 07
for me it depends on the discussions.. like wise ,if i am getting healthy response for say 3-4 days,i would wait for a day or so more to judge the best one...i guess with more increase in no. of responses, there is repitition of posts and in this case i try giving it to the one whos written 1st ...
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thanks for the response. I've gotten a lot of interesting and useful tips from everybody so far. You're right about the repitition thing.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I think a discussion should be lefto open for like a month. Just because someone gave you a great answer within the first week, it doesn't mean that someone else won't come around and have a better, more relavant answer. I've had that happen already where I've chosen the best answer and then someone has come back with a better answer.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I guess I kind of shyed away from that length of time because my first discussion about smoking in the car had a ton of responses which totally overwhelmed me. I was really new to the site then. I think I was only here for like a week, but now I'm learning to keep up on my ratings and such so I will be leaving them open longe I think. Thanks for the response.
22 Mar 07
I am fairly new and am unsure. But I think depending on ho wthe responses are going I would wait until they have stopped.But I don't think I would leave a discussion open longer than a week! A very interesting question!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
i usually wait a week,or until it has a few responses. if it's only got a couple,i leave it open longer.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thanks for the response!
• United States
22 Mar 07
I usually go ahead a choose a best response after 5-6 days. I feel like this gives people enough time to respond to my discussion. I have noticed people that choose a best response after less that 24 hours and I wish they would give everyone the chance to respond first.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I still respond to the ones that have a best pick, but yes I like to give people a little time to be fair and so I can get a response that's helpful or really good. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I would wait at least a few days up to a week. I dont think doing it the NEXT day is best. I have been finding A LOT of discussions latelly with BEST picked and they were barely open not even 24 hrs. It upsets me people choose so quickly. But I cant go and scold them all. But I'd wait up to a week to get all that I can. And then pick the BEST one. Its not always easy for me, but since I figured out what BEST was I make sure to give one in ALL cases!
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thanks for responding. I've seen some of the posts you're talking about and to be honest I've done it once or twice myself. That's when I noticed that better responses came later and sometimes I wish I would've waited.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I will be repetitive and say that it depends on a variety of factors. :) For me, the criteria I'm currently using, not having started all that many discussions, is 10 responses or 4 weeks, whichever is later. In other words, if I get 10 responses in the first hour, I'll wait a bit longer (maybe not 4 weeks if it tapers off after a while). If 4 weeks comes and I have less than 10 responses, I'll try and pick a best response. However, I'm not inclined to pick a best response at all if they are all poorly written. Repetition is fine with me. If someone posts immediately with a poorly written response, and then later someone else writes a well written response with the same information, if the information justifies the best response, the better written response will get marked as the best response. Chat speak will NEVER get a best response from me. :) My $0.02 at the moment.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
That's kinda what I thought too. I'd rather wait a little longer for a better written response. Better late than never. LOL! Thanks and nice o hear from you Dragon!
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
22 Mar 07
It takes a bit of experience to figure out what works best. I now have decided on at least two weeks. People often respond well after the initial discussion was started, and I want to give everyone a fair chance to get Best Response.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Yes, sometimes it takes me a while before I see a post too. Thanks.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
It is totally up to you which way you do it. I wait until I get 10 responses and then I give the best response, I think it is also nice that people respond quickly and I don't think somebody who has given a very good answer as the number comment, which shows interest in my topic, should have to wait a week for somebody who gives another good answer and then I have to choose which one is better. The first one with a really good answer gets it for me.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thanks for your input. I agree that the about people who show interest in your topic not having to wait. I try to at least rate them and give them a comment back, but there have been times that when I've waited I've gotten a really good or helpful response.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I find that I leave each discussion open for different amounts of time. I have never chosen a best response in the first day. If I am getting 100 or so comments, I will choose one as it gets too hard to make a dicision. some i leave open a week some less and some more.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Yes, I guess how many resposes makes a difference. Thanks for the ideas!
@bgerig (1259)
• United States
21 Mar 07
until I have at least 10 responses. Also, I tend to wait several days like you. and then there are times when I don't have the time to select the best response so I wait a little longer. in other words, it just depends...but I do definitely try to get quite a few responses.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
22 Mar 07
That's exactly what I meant. I don't want to close them just because I'm busy and not be fair about it. Sometimes if I have one that doesn't get a lot of responses then I tend to do it a little sooner.