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Fodors Etiquette. Do you thank respondents to your questions?

Mar 9th, 2001, 05:16 AM
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Is this the thread that "Lisa" wants acknowledged? Thank you Lisa, for starting this thread.

Mar 9th, 2001, 05:37 AM
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I agree with those who have said that gratitude is implied in a post. I, too, try to always remember to thank in advance to be polite.

In my opinion, thanking someone for replying to a question posted on a board like this is like giving your mailman a tip every time he delivers your mail. I'm sure he'd appreciate it, and it is NICE, but . . .

ITA that follow up posts would be nice.
Mar 9th, 2001, 05:37 AM
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It's funny this came up, as I have wondered the same thing myself. I have not had the opportunity to answer as many questions as I have asked, and often wonder if I am over-thanking on the threads. I try to post a thanks after several responses, and always after a personal e-mail. I certainly wouldn't want to annoy anyone by inadvertently topping a thread with my thanks, but with all the great advice out there (Maribel-you're a saint!), I feel compelled.

And thanks for this opportunity to discuss this subject!

Mar 9th, 2001, 08:01 AM
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Usually I thank -- but lately, the messages have been moving out of the top 50 so fast...just yesterday I stopped myself from topping a message with a thank you that was personally helpful to me, but since there were so many unanswered questions in the top 50, I decided to "let it go" (THANK YOU, Steve & others)
Mar 9th, 2001, 08:09 AM
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I love hearing a reponse from the writer when I post an oppinion or suggestion. I also enjoy hearing from other contributers on the tread.. I am still wondering if Bitiani, Author of "My Problem" is ever going to travel. He didn't responde to all of our suggestions and it's driving me nutty! By the way... my email address is real.
Mar 9th, 2001, 08:55 AM
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My perspective is usually from the asking end since I'm not seasoned. I think one should ask politely, not demand, and include a "thanks in advance" as StCirq mentioned. Then, if people go above and beyond (which some of the good people here have a tendency to do) then top up with a thank-you if it is spontaneously felt. I don't see what that hurts. Unfortnately since I've been here I've planned for two trips that didn't pan out, but my files are growing. As far as answering questions, I did find it very gratifying when an individual thanked me for a recommendation I posted, so I really think you can't fault on the side of politeness unless it becomes that dull obligatory thank-you note type.
Mar 9th, 2001, 11:19 AM
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Message: for aaa. aor bbb or whatever imaginative alias you choose.
Were you refering to my post on giving thanks or not being thanked ? If you were, then you misunderstood my references and I apologise for perhaps being oblique. Allow me to clarify for you. What I was trying to say, is that there are occasions where I have not been thanked or acknowledged when I have given what I thought were informative responses to people who have asked questions in areas where I have some degree of expertise. I then went on to say that I started a thread regarding that topic. I did not say that I expected to be thanked for starting a thread.
Mar 9th, 2001, 11:41 AM
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what a riveting thread! I have been lying awake at night worrying about whether people are thanking each other enough. Foolish me, I thought this was a travel site.
Mar 19th, 2001, 07:24 PM
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<<Author: StCirq ([email protected])
Date: 2/27/2001, 6:49 pm ET

Message: I do find it rather discouraging that so few people - on this board and many others - never say thank you; after all, people are freely offering what is usually good advice

Well, if you are "rather discouraged", you could always stop offering insults in the guise of advice--just to show how well traveled and bored you are with the peasants. As someone who has been the butt of some of your pompous snobby emails, get a life. And, no, I don't have to be told again how happy and secure you are, StCirq. Been there, done that.

Thanks should be given where it is due, but it is hard to email people directly when they are forced to use phony email addresses to avoid insulting email.

And to all who have given me advice, let me tender my sincere thanks--anonymously.
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