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Old May 15th, 2007, 11:46 PM
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WHY??????

I am just wondering why it is that some responses get more than others??? I asked a very important question the other day and got one response and someone else can have a trivial question about sunscreen that she can probably find online, ebay, etc.. and she gets 10 responses???!!!!!!! I was seriously needing some help with a family vacation. I guess I will have to find another place to find out about the advantages and disadvantages of coming to Banff on US thanksgiving
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Old May 16th, 2007, 03:45 AM
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Probably because nobody that was online at that time had expertise on the question you asked.

I've been to Banff but not in November, so I can't answer that question. However, I use lots of sunscreen so I can answer those kinds of questions.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 04:26 AM
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You could post a comment on your thread and bump it back up; sometimes it's just bad timing, a valid question gets ignored and then later on it can get answered.
Canadian hotels are aware of U.S. holidays and the popular destinations are busier, rates might be higher.

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Old May 16th, 2007, 05:43 AM
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If you're coming to Canada over US Thanksgiving, don't expect anything special as we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Banff is November could be beautiful, ski areas might not be open yet depending on the snowfall to that point. What was your original question?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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It could also be that in my response to your original question, I asked which Thanksgiving you were thinking about and you have not answered that. People may be waiting for you to answer so that they know when you are planning on traveling so can give you a better response.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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More people probably know about sunscreen as opposed to Banff.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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As ShelliDawn said, when I initially saw your post and her reply to it, I decided to wait for clarification from you. Then, when your thread dropped down to the bottom of the screen, I frankly forgot it.

As others have said, you are the one with the questions and, if you want them answered, you are responsible for "nurturing" your thread. People, like circus animals, are more responsive when they are rewarded. We all participate on here for free. We aren't being paid to answer questions. However, receiving acknowledgement is a type of reward and, for me at least, it usually motivates me to put in some effort.

That happened in the case of the sunscreen question. Initially I ignored that question. Frankly, I thought it was an odd question. I thought, "What difference does it make what type of sunscreen one uses?" But then the originator of the thread came back and responded in the thread that they had started. I interpreted their further participation as a sign that they appreciated the fact that people were trying to help them. Besides that, I hit a bored spot one afternoon, so I decided to spend a few minutes making some phone calls to see if I could help them out.

Another reason that I didnít respond to you is that I sometimes have received negative feedback on travel discussion forums when I have made critical comments about Calgary or the Canadian Rockies. I donít know why people jump on me. I suspect some of the people who have pounced on me at TripAdvisor work for the hospitality industry. I mean there are some TA posters who are so-o-o-o-o-o invested in Calgary that I canít find any other logical explanation for their strong feelings. Anyway, after being criticized several times, Iíve become a little more circumspect in my comments Ė well, most of the time.

In your case Iíll throw caution to the winds. What the heck. I think the Canadian Rockies totally suck during American Thanksgiving (if thatís the Thanksgiving you mean).

Well, let me rephrase that. The Rockies are beautiful on any day of the year. Since we live close to them, my husband and I can take advantage of the lower rates during the off season, and drive up to the mountains for a peaceful getaway in November. We donít need the lakes to be turquoise for us, because we go to the mountains in summer as well.

But I would never pay for flights to this area in November.

November is a month during which the activities of summer are over and, often, the activities of winter (like skiing) have not yet begun. I think it would be a very boring time of the year to take kids to the mountains.

You certainly wonít be able to go to Moraine Lake. I havenít tried to get to Peyto Lake in November, but I think it would be very iffy.

It also would have helped if youíd said why you wanted to go to the mountains. I mean do you want to ski or what? That question fleetingly crossed my mind when I saw your initial post. But then I thought, ďIíll wait for her to respond to ShelliDawn, and then I might understand more about her agenda.Ē But then, as I said before, I forgot about your thread.

Downhill skiing is under way by Christmas. Another thing about Christmas is that the mountain resort towns are decorated for Christmas, and they look really cute. Also, other winter activities Ė dog sledding, horsedrawn sleight rides, ice skating, snow shoeing, etc. Ė are available by Christmas.

So, all in all, if you wanted to visit the mountains in the early part of winter, Christmas would be a more suitable time than American Thanksgiving.

However, if you donít want to ski, I would not visit the mountains in winter at all. Again, Iím saying that from the point of view of someone who would have to pay air fares to reach the mountains. Yes, the mountains are beautiful to drive to in winter from Calgary, even if you donít ski. But PAYING to reach them in winter is another matter.

I donít know where you live, and what kind of winter clothes you already own. If you donít have the appropriate outdoor gear, investing in it would add to the cost of your trip.

Oh, and by the way, all caps font comes across like shouting.

Well, I hope that has helped.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:22 AM
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Postscript.

Sorry, the tx at the end of your name perhaps should be a clue that you live in Texas. I was a bit slow on the uptake, and didn't catch that at first.

Oh yes, and in your original post in this thread you did specify US Thanksgiving. I didn't catch that either, but have noticed it now. But, as it turns out, other posters' responses and my response have covered the US Thanksgiving angle.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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It doesn't take long before a question is burried on this format. A few people have a "fit" if one brings up old questions.

Use "ttt" next time.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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Judy, I saw the "tx" and immediately thought of "taxes". You can see where my head is at...grrrr.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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thanks for all the replies and Judy you said exactly what I needed to hear. If it sucks in November then I dont want to go. I just needed an honest opinion before I started making my plans. Again I do appreciate the help.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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>>>>>>thanks for all the replies<<<<<<

You're welcome, Melissa.

I hope you'll find a nice place for your family to vacation.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:37 AM
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I reply if I know the answer, if the question is asked well -- dumb titles like WHY tend to annoy me. Obviously not now.

And if the question has been answered well, there may be no need for another response, so noone bothers.

I thought the NoAd question was legitimate.

As for a dumb questin like the pros and cons of Banff -- it could take hours to answer this, comparing Banff on US thanksgivng to what? hundreds of alternatives?

By the way -- that's one of the poorer times to visit Banff. Not enough snow, usually, for skiing, but cold and maybe rainy.

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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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And, while I'm at it... you got your question answered, and answered well. Closed roads, snow as good and bad...

Christmas beats US Thanksgiving because the weather is more likely to be cold, cloudy days are likely to be fewer, and overall, there will be more fun, based on Christmas activities.

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