How I choose Best Response on myLot

United States
March 22, 2007 10:33pm CST
I've noticed that there are almost always some discussions going about how to choose Best Response, especially when you have a lot of comments or comments that are all equally good. I think some people agonize about it more than others. But I was kind of analyzing how I go about it and I thought I'd share and see how my method compares with others'. The first thing I do is go through them and see if one stands out as obviously better than the others. By better, it could be that it's more useful or funnier or insightful or anything that makes the discussion better in my own personal opinion, since I am the one making the decision. If nothing stands out, or if several stand out equally, I will further narrow down my choices based on whether they are a friend and/or if they have given me Best Response on one of their discussions or if they reply to lots of my discussions or in some other way have been helpful to me. I don't know if that's fair or helpful, but that seems to be the way that works best for me.
4 responses
• United States
23 Mar 07
I'll choose the best responce by whoever actually thinks about the discussion opposed to the ones who clearly just want more money and post something like, " Yes, I do" :( And if there are a few that are good, I admit, I choose the one who writes what I agree with ;) I HAVE been tempted to check some as best that have just been flat out halarious, but they're really not the "best" responce.
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• United States
23 Mar 07
Oh yeah, the non-thinkers are automatically rejected. You raise a good point about agreeing. If it comes down to two where one I agree with and the other I disagree, I'll likely choose the one I agree with. I guess that's just human nature.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I think it is human nature too. If I started a thread saying that I had the best dog in the world and a member wrote a long, very interesting and well written responce, but the entire thing was about how my dog WASN'T the best dog in the world, then I wouldn't check them ;D I guess that's kind of wrong though..... Oh well, we're all bias sometimes ;)
23 Mar 07
I try and wait two weeks before marking a best response and try to make my decision based on what contribution members have made to the debate. I have sometimes rated negative responses as the best response, as long as the are respectful and not abusive, as sometimes they take the discussion in a different direction. I don't have a problem with people disagreeing with my views as long as it is a considered response and is respectful. After all that is what freedom of speech is all about
• United States
23 Mar 07
I don't have a problem with disagreement either and will give responders a + as long as they disagree in a non-offensive way. I'm just saying that there are times when it comes down to choosing between two and I can't decide and I'm probably more likely to choose the one I agree with. It's not really anything I do consciously, but I think it's human nature.
@18101989 (700)
• India
23 Mar 07
i take at least 7 days after which when i see a good answer according to the topic i choose it the best one but when i start a common discussion i generally either choose my friend or the funniest answer
• United States
23 Mar 07
Thanks for your comment.
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
28 Mar 07
My thoughts on best replies would be a series of checks like, did they give an informative opinion about the subject, did they make an example of their opinions, did they give resources or websites to back up their opinions. I am not to certain about giving it on the bases of friendship alone or if they had marked you as having best response. I dont think that really encourages good answers or informed opinions.