You're probably expecting too much. FWIW, I try to follow up any
thread that I originate or post in at all, but it's the busy season at
work right now, and sometimes I put in 14 hour days. When that
happens, it's kind of hard to remember to follow every damn thing I
ever looked at on Usenet. Common courtesy is great, but don't get too
hung up on it if someone doesn't gush over a one line "Do A Google
Search" reply. It could be that they've got a sick kid at home, or an
eighty-hour workweek, or even got abducted by little green men. Hell,
anything could have happened. Maybe they already found the answer,
and they're busy working on that rush project they posted about.
The only way to keep the group healthy is to share what you can when
you can, and let the little shit roll off you. It's nice to get
validation for your response, sure- but if you don't, why loose any
sleep over it? Look at it this way- it's going into the archives, and
you could helping someone a dozen years from now, and maybe *they* are
going to be up to whatever standards you expect from a usenet citizen.
Lots of folks are lurkers- you're helping them too, even though
they're too shy to jump right in and speak.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
It is even more important to keep contributing than to offer validation.
Contributions offfer something to everyone (lurkers and posters alike), the
latter is really only useful for one person and is chaf for the rest.
(And yes, I realize that this post is arguably in the later category)
With all due respect for your sensibilities and your wishes for a "kinder,
gentler" world, has it occurred to you that the information/advice you may
have given might not be what a poster was looking for. I don't always feel
motivated to thank someone for what might be, to me, worthless advice. Good
Another thought comes to mind; have you considered getting a dog. If you
keep some dog biscuits in your pocket the dog will give you almost undivided
attention which seems to be what you're looking for. Another poster
suggested that you "lighten up". Don't take it personally. Advice offered
with good intentions of course.
Max D. These golden words of wisdom are offered freely and without any
expectation of recompense or gratitude.
Thanks for taking the time to do it though. We really appreciate it. Well, I
do, anyway, I should not speak for others here. They should take the time
to thank you individually. I know you expected no recompense, but the
fact is, you took the time. Not everyone on USENET bothers to take that
time to help others. You did and should be thanked. Just a guess, but if
everyone took the time to properly thank you, motivation to help others
would be increased and the kindness would spread. The internet would be a
kinder and gentler place and you would be able to take credit for it. Not
that you would since you are a humble person, but deep down, we know it was
you and you do deserve the credit.
Well, got to go now. The dog is here looking for another biscuit.
Thanks again. I appreciate it. Your words will live on forever in Google
Damn, that dog is a PITA and is really waiting for the biscuit.
Another reason I take my morning humor here.
Thank you oh gentle soul I truly enjoy reading your posts -- I seek them
You and Watson and Robatoy and Jacques among others. You make my day
guys. A gentle thank you.
On Tue, 19 Apr 2005 12:01:55 -0400, the inscrutable WillR
Who dat? Cousteau?
At LEAST you could spell our names correctly.
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I certainly was raised with manners, however, in exchange for a formal
"thank you" I'd gladly accept the poster of the question I answered sharing
their project on abpw with comments about which method worked the best for
them. I'd say most newbie projects are, or at least partially, the result
of a "team effort" of ideas instilled in them by a number of more
experienced woodworkers in this group. The best "thanks" a person could
give me personally is by helping fellow wood workers acheive their goals by
offering their knowledge when the time arises. Simply thanking someone
doesn't keep the knowledge moving. However, if one felt the need to thank
the group, maybe do it in a follow up post of what method worked the best
and why, therefore returning something to the group.
wrote in message
been a busy boy lately. can't really keep up with the wreck I started
a thread about varnish and got some replies but for a variety of
reasons couldn't reply right away. if that's indecent, well too bad.
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