Belated Thanks - Surprise!

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May 23, 2011 at 08:11:27
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You know how we often complain that sometimes we don't get any feedback on the solutions we offer?

How about this...

On November 3, 2010 a poster asked a question in the office forum.

About a 1/2 hour later I provided a solution.

Earlier today, 6 1/2 months later, the OP posted "Thank you!"

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May 23, 2011 at 09:41:27
I don't stay subscribed to a post that long, a week at the most.

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May 23, 2011 at 10:19:46
There was no "subscription" involved.

This morning's response popped the post to top of the list in the Office forum.

The subject line interested me, so I opened to thread, only to find that it was one that I had responded to over 6 months ago.

I didn't bother asking the OP what took him so long.

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May 24, 2011 at 01:12:01
Better late than never!

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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May 25, 2011 at 15:42:51
"we often complain that sometimes we don't get any feedback"

Sometimes? It's becoming a rarety. When the poster gives a foreign name it is almost never.

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May 27, 2011 at 01:16:16
All names are foreign, Derek. It just depends upon your point of view.

I think one has to make allowances for people whose first language is not the same as ours or who come from a different culture. In personal e-mail conversations with strangers about a project that I have written I have found nothing but courtesy - particulary when dealing with those from the Indian sub-continent.

I see no percievable difference in the level of thanks from posters wherever their apparent origin.

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May 27, 2011 at 03:30:47

Sure, we are all foreign to somebody and I always make allowances when there is a language difference. My observation was not about a lack of thanks or politeness, simply that far more posters with foreign sounding names never return at all on this particular website. I've no idea why, although as we seem to be getting more posts from non-english speaking countries this could be giving me a false impression.

By the way, there was a game kids used to play here in the UK (way back when) called "Knock down ginger". You knocked on as many doors as possible then ran away - not sure why it was fun but that's kids for you I guess. Here's a link:
I am wondering if posting on as many forums as possible then vanishing is just the adult cyberspace way of playing this same game....

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May 27, 2011 at 08:23:11
What I don't care for are those individuals who use "English is not my first language" as an excuse for not saying thanks.

They'll ask a question, get a response, ask another, get a response, etc. but never toss in anything like "Thanks for the response. Could you please clarify this or that?" (even if it's in broken English)

Then when you say "Feel free to say Thanks for the help already given" they come back with "Sorry. My English is not so good."

I don't care if they say Thank or Tanks or "Your graciousness is welcomed" or whatever, as long is there is some acknowledgment of the help.

Using a lack of language skills as an excuse for not saying "Thanks" in some manner is a pretty lame excuse.

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May 27, 2011 at 15:04:27
At least you got a thanks. That's pretty cool, even if it is belated.

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