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I do agree to a large extent.
I am also noticing an increasing number of people who come on, ask advice or a favour and then never respond to their original post let alone continue to contribute.
Over the past 6 months I have offered to help people out several times, and the OP never even appears to return to the post. There was one poster asked for someone to urgently view and give opinion on a rental, I offered to do so on their post, messaged them and still got no response. Hmmm, makes you not bother again. I do have more to do with my days was just trying to be helpful cos I remember how hard it can be starting out. However, common courtesy, even if it is a no thanks, but thanks for the offer would often be appreciated.
Not many of us "Oldies" left in here now and to be honest I have had much the same happen to me.
So many trying to get a trip out on our boat / lots of free advice/ heavy discounts on the rentals.
Rarely a word of thanks.
Recently someone said they were going to post a recommendation in here, not seen it yet and I bent over backwards.
Then I receive a nice email/ text / PM now and again,just saying hello or thanks..........
It's not just online this is happening.
Is it a cultural change????
I was always brought up to say please and thankyou.
Still nice to see people contributing to this thread below......
I totally concur with a lot of what you say Tyke and please and thank yous are in my view very important.
I have certainly noticed as one of the oldies that people nowadays dont seem to post as much once they are here,which is a shame.I think you should put a little back in,but sadly that is the way of the world these days.
Basically, I was trying to make two points:
1. Regardless what someone posts as their first post, if it meets the forum criteria, replying in a polite and appropriate manner might encourage them to continue posting.
2. IMHO, people who post do so for a reason. Perhaps I am just being cynical but I truly doubt that any of us have so much time and so little to occupy us that we post purely to help other oeople. Even if people do, then I woud imagine they might feel some feeling of satisfaction / pleasure and that could be seen as 'payment' in itself. Whatever the reason, welcome!
If your comment had nothing to do with my post, then sorry I've gone on (again!).
One thing though....everyone I know uses sarcasm. And they're Australian. Even the kids understand and use it...use it less than understand it, obv.
Hope that made sense this time!
TBH I used to respond with my "immense" knowledge.... LOL and then noticed that I wouldn't get a "like" or thank you from some, not from all of course. There are many people on here who are very friendly, helpful and polite. And so I mainly only use the forum to read now and sometimes to have a laugh with someone. Or if there is a controversial topic that I just have to have my say! We are all different I agree and I suppose this kind of thread is helpful so that other people who read them can see that it is important to express appreciation.