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BLACKLIST

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Anyone else fed up with people who post questions on this site without giving any feedback to respondents?

I have started a personal blacklist of freeloaders who put questions on this site seeking help who do not respond at all to answers to their questions.

I do not expect to be paid if I try to offer help here, but I do expect the common courtesy of thanks, no more no less. Good grief - even clients who pay for advice always say thanks!

So, the two people who did not respond to my answers to their questions this week will receive no answers from me to any questions they pose in future. You know who you are - one is a regular poser of questions who never responds to answers.

John Finnick

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By AnonymousUser
04th May 2006 13:34

Frankly no

In this world of rudeness that we now inhabit I am pleased to see any act of courtesy, how ever small. The other day I saw a spotty faced teenage boy hold open a door for an old lady to enter a shop. It is unusual to see such a thing in this day and age. In my youth it was the norm.

People are rude nowadays.

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By Richiejjj
04th May 2006 13:50

Do they know you have responded
With the email notification system not working, it is not always possible to know there has been a reply.

I also doubt they know who they are - they probably only give their own threads a look.

John, chill and relax - do a good deed for your own benefit not for the recipient and you will feel better in the long run.

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Dennis Howlett
By dahowlett
04th May 2006 17:21

Readers, writers and listeners
There will always be far more consumers of information than contributors. It's not for me to judge whether a person is 'grateful' or otherwise. It is always my choice as to whether to contribute. It's my choice to give attention.

My main concern with this forum is that the same or very similar questions get asked time and again. After a while it gets a bit dull trying to retread an answer.

AW is aware of this - it can be solved easily.

Also - the email notification system is broken. This could be entirely avoided if AW opened up its content to RSS and allowed its readers to consume information that way. Much more effective, fast, real-time and with the potential to grow readership.

Finally - the search on this site sucks. Very difficult to get relevant results.

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By Anonymous
05th May 2006 08:53

...
Ever heard of "Pay It Forward"??

Have a google for it, it may change your way of thinking...but then again.

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By Anonymous
04th May 2006 14:31

I don't expect thank yous
Unless I send someone a spreadsheet or similar in which case a quick ta by email is nice. No need in my books to say thanks on this site unless you've been given a particularly detailed answer. After all if you said ta to every respondent the system might just fall down! Have to admit that if I check one of the entries in the latest answers column and its just a ta I get a bit frustrated. Personally I post answers to help people out not to get a thank you & feeling of elevated self-worth. Likewise I'll hold a door open for someone because I think it's manners not because I want a thank you. (But if I get a smile from a cute woman I'll admit to a warm and fuzzy feeling for thirty seconds!) Websites are different to direct contact, that's just the way it is......

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By listerramjet
04th May 2006 13:13

that's a bit extreem!
personally I get annoyed by people who respond to email responses with a thankyou.

it can be satisfying to get a comment that tells you the answer was useful, but surely that is not why most do this?

How would you cope on an IT helpdesk I wonder?

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By jasonholden
05th May 2006 13:08

Oh dear ...
John,

If you post a reply and then expect a thank you every time I think you have missed the whole point of AWeb.

It is a community that relies on the good nature/generosity of its contributors to give answers so the man/woman out there who operates in isolation have some where to turn to for help.

I am not aware that I have on many occasions (read as any occasions) received a thank you , but I don’t post a response for that reason, I hope in my little way I have helped make life easier for either a fellow professional or someone running their own business.

And in return should I have a question to ask one day then I would also hope that I would receive help from those who are giving it freely without any further expectations.

If every time you expect a thank you then simply put don’t bother participating!

As Dennis points out below the main thing that annoys me is the posting of repetitive questions, please try the search facility first!

Jason
http://www.holdenassociates.co.uk
http://www.sme-blog.com
http://www.sbqaforum.com

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By listerramjet
08th May 2006 09:05

hi malcolm
in the (misquoted) words of the bard, it will be dreadfully dull and boring.

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By Dougscott
05th May 2006 12:30

Don't need thanks
I certainly don't look for someone responding with a thanks when I post what is helpful information - hopefully anything I post is useful to lots of people on the site, not just the orignal poster. Similarly when I post I hope my question is relevant to other posters on the site.

What I DO find annoying like the last poster is people who post answers to queries when they don't know what they are talking about. People should only reply to a query if they are pretty damn sure that what they are posting is correct!

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By suzina
05th May 2006 11:16

some of us aren't experts...
Just a reminder... and an example!

I'm not a certified / qualified accountant, I merely do all the accounts for my company! I'm often fairly certain about a reply that's needed but don't post in case I'm wrong / because I don't have the right references to back up the facts. However I'll happily post answers about things I know about 'properly' and have posted the odd question myself.

Perhaps some of your 'rude' people are in the same situation; not experts and hesitant in case they give incorrect information. If I'm only 90% sure I'll keep quite, much better than having someone make a descision based on flawed data.

Thoughts?

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By AnonymousUser
05th May 2006 09:47

Whoops
I see John has not yet deigned to say thanks to his respondents !

Doh !

Chill out dude and get a life.

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Dennis Howlett
By dahowlett
06th May 2006 06:19

search broken
Jason - AW's search is broken snd email notification of responses seems to have gone pear shaped. Yet more arguments for RSS :)

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By Bob London
11th May 2006 09:54

Long threads
Threads of questions/answers are often long and convoluted, and, as such, often difficult to fathom. I would not be happy for them to be clogged up with more "noise".
The other readers of the questions are also beneficiaries of the info; it would be too much to ask for.
Bob

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