One thing Charlie didn't mention - when we go through the drill of
researching and answering a question, we buy into the problem. (Remember we
are doing this because we love the cars). That is human nature, I guess, and
so then I really want to know what the result was. Most people do reply with
a thanks but when someone doesn't, I wonder what happened and am "let down".
The only payback for all the work and time is a "thank you" and maybe a
closure to the problem. Thanks, Charlie - guess we just need thicker skins.
In a message dated 97-07-24 19:44:51 EDT, email@example.com writes:
> I really didn't want to post this, but I think it may be necessary
> information for some of the listers "out there on the fringe"--the people
> who only write when they have some sort of major problem. You guys know
> who you are.
> Over the past months, for better or worse, I've sent suggestions for
> various problems directly to the person with the problem--not wanting to
> clog the main list with information that's been posted time and time
> Now, when you attempt to answer single or multiple questions, either
> related or not, it takes time to sit at the keyboard (occasionally, even
> running out to the garage to double check something) and try to help the
> individual with the problem. Sometimes I know the cause of the problem,
> sometimes I can only guess because there's missing information or the
> problem is really wacky (what, in a British car??). My point, and my
> problem is, the person on the other end can't seem to find the time to
> let you know if your response was helpful, or not, much less send a
> "thanks" for even responding.
> >From time to time I've had questions answered. I've alway made a point of
> sending a "thank you" to the person who offered help, or at least took
> the time to offer advice. It's called common courtesy.
> So, the next time you send out a question, and people are good enough to
> offer help, good or bad, in your opinion, be good enough to at least
> acknowledge their advice, and try to be a little thankful.
> No need for me to put on my Nomex, I just moved way out to the fringe.
> Charlie B.