A Few Tips About Requesting Lists For New Li.sters

Inspired by @BWN_7's List of earlier today: A Few Tips For New Li.sters
  1. One of my favorite features of li.st is the ability to both request lists from other users and write lists that others have requested of you.
  2. So, for newcomers... from me, a serial requestor, here are some ideas to consider?
    I'm not an expert — just a fan of the List Request (LR).
  3. Request a list!
    Go to a users page and click the Request List button under their photo and bio. You will get space (100 characters!) to type the title of the list you are requesting of that person.
  4. Don't be afraid.
    Take a deep breath, and click send.
  5. Be curious!
    What would you love to read from them? What topic or subject would they have a special or unique take on? Maybe: flatter their area of expertise, or request a ranked list on something they've professed to like or love or know about.
  6. Be creative!
    Read their old lists and find a topic you wish to know more about. Read their own comments on their own lists and look for statements or sidebars that you think would be a great standalone list. As you get to know people, read their comments on other people's lists and look for comments or statements that scream out List Request! Humor helps! Here's an excellent example from @solena LR'd by @mallofamanda: Origami Li.stBot
  7. Be considerate!
    Don't request anything you wouldn't make a list about. Be sensitive to their situation and personality and perhaps current mood. Not everyone responds to the perceived pressure of a List Request. Don't put someone on the spot about something they said. Check to see their list style: all upper case titles? Up and down? Request in their style to make it easier for them. Remember, we are all human beings first, and listers second. Be kind.
  8. Be ready for them to ignore your request.
    That's OK! Don't worry if they never make the list you ask for, and please don't pester them about it. While I think (assume?) most people love getting list requests, not everyone has the time or energy to respond and make the list immediately, and sometimes never will. Many will not see a potential list in your idea, and that's OK too. Let it be. My List Request Response Rate (LRRR) is 17% and that's OK, but I tend to make goofy list requests... but the results are IMHO A+ 💯 💰
  9. Don't take it personally if they ignore your request
    We're all friends here. No biggie. Let it go!
  10. LR a celebrity!
    But don't corner a celebrity. My sense is they appreciate specific list requests that they would have unique perspective or special expertise about. But they have tens of thousands of followers so likely get hundreds of list requests each month, so, y'know, don't hold your breath. But they do respond: What the hosts of talk shows actually say to you when they go to a commercial break
  11. Fulfill your list requests
    When you get a list request, you'll find in under the left-pointing blue arrow. Do your best to find a way to make the lists that speak to you. It's fun and sometimes hard. Some of my best lists were requested by others. Completing List Request lists is interesting and challenging in ways that excite me. But: I have several requests that I haven't gotten to yet and a couple I just flat out deleted. Oh well!
  12. Historical Note
    Before Direct Messaging was added in Oct 2016, listers used list requests as a non-public way to message each other. Which lead to hilarious consequences when people like me didn't know this and created (and later deleted) lists called 'what's up?' and 'what's happening'. 😩
  13. So... give it a try!