This is a ask / answer forum, not a chat room. If you are the type of person that needs a pat in the back every time you have done something "good" you will find life very disappointing. For this reason, I give advice or assistance without the expectation that I will be thanked. If the person choses to thank me that is a plus, otherwise life goes on.
It irritates me a lot, they should at least comment any thing so that the person who is taking his / her precious time to give answer doesn't feel cheated. They should have Ask. etiquette and must show by reading and commenting. I like this question very much and would like you to give what ever good or bad comment, so that I should know where I am wrong. If it is advisable then must appreciate or at least thank me for that GOOD DAY.
An acknowledgement of my helpful answers is always appreciated, whether it's a helpful star or just a thank you comment. I often wonder if the OP ever came back and checked the answers to their question.
If I go out of my way to look up the information, I would like a thank you. Even if it is just in the comment section. I give stars to people who have given great answers and know they have worked to get them. Even if they are not my questions. It is just polite. Something that is lacking in society today!
Sometimes... I think they should at least vote 'Helpful'. If there are tons of answers, then I guess it's understandable that they don't have time to reply to all of them. Although they could just write "Thanks" and copy & paste it to all answers. But on the other hand, I don't care much either. I give answers to help people. I can't always expect to be appreciated. People are...people.
Actually CJ it does bother me. I like to know that I was helpful on a question then just wasting my time answering & still wondering if I was ever helpful. I guess that just depends on the Helpful stars I receive to determine if I was at all helpful. :)
My answers are something I take very seriously. They might not be helpful, but I mean them to be. I spend lots of time, energy, serious thought, and sometimes tears answering difficult questions. I use my experiences, touching those experiences to bring something from them to help another can cost me the pain of remembering and activating my memories. I will often spend hours on a single question, of course I appreciate hearing a simple, thanks, that helped. Who wouldn't. I don't answer because I expect to be thanked, but it would be lovely to know my effort was validated.
If I have gone to some trouble to give a serious and helpful answer it does sort of annoy me when there is no acknowledgement. After all we don't (most of us) get paid for being on here. I just figure maybe they didn't know. I have given stars when the answer wasn't all that helpful but the person tried to help. I don't usually give stars to moderators unless they give an outstanding answer because they get paid anyway and they never say anything nice to me and besides, they already have enough people sucking up to them.
Absolutely. Some good questions are asked and you give an answer. As of matter of fact 20 people answer and not one helpful star for anyone. Like Sherry said they either died or they're phones or Internet service was shut down for not paying. If they do give a reply after a month then you'll know why
Great question CJ. A simple, "Thank you for answering" will suffice. It's considered good manners. Don't we all just want to be acknowledged? Books give you knowledge, but age and experience give you wisdom. Whether you are answering a homework question from a home schooled kid or connecting with someone in the midst of a personal crisis, an acknowledgement always gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. To be able to ask a question of a stranger without risking the embarrassment or judgement of friends or family is what I find wonderful about this site. It is also satisfying to be able to tell someone off who is mean-spirited and self-righteous. I recently helped someone in Syria who was witnessing the brutal attacks by Assad's thugs on innocent protesters by providing her with my contacts at Human Rights International and an MSNBC reporter and cameraman. Additionally, we gain perspective on ourselves by reading other's answers. I have met some wonderful new friends since recently discovering this medium which has alleviated the loneliness of being housebound. Ancient Hippy alone has turned me into a home handywoman and kept me laughing all the way. We never know if our answers helped unless someone takes the time to say thank you.
Yes it bothers me immensely.I think it's very rude when someone takes time and care to answer and like sherry said you just assume they died since they don't even acknowledge your answer let alone vote.
Sometimes we ask questions to entertain and see how people respond not that we really need advice. Take the case of a parent whose child was marked wrong. CJ gave an excellent advice. In reality this actually happened long ago and the parents took CJ's line.