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    Default When people don't reply to threads you've started

    Has this ever happened to you where you start a thread and no one responds? Or maybe too few people respond or the people who respond don't respond in the way you like. Maybe because they didn't quite understand your question so they answered it an unexpected or rather confusing way. Or maybe they went off on their own tangent and people are more interested in the tangent than the original post.

    How often has the above happened to you?

    A few times. Not so often on this forum though. It's more likely to happen on smaller forums where there isn't much activity. I have run into cases here where I would have liked to receive more responses or the thread didn't quite go in the direction I anticipated.

    Does it bother you?

    A little. I post a question I'm curious about and want to hear what others have to say about it and its somewhat disappointing to not get a response.

    Do you take it personally if people don't respond?

    I try not to. Yeah, I think every now and then that maybe people just aren't interested in what I have to say. Then I realize that people are busy, there's hundreds of threads and people can't read everything. So it isn't always because people aren't interested. Sometimes people do read and enjoy the threads but choose not to respond.

    When this happens what do you do if anything to try to get more people to respond?

    When I've posted videos, I felt like I wasn't getting enough response so I told people that I know the videos are kind of long so just watch a couple of minutes and see what type I come across on them.

    Long posts that are poorly formatted are a turn off for many. I've had to learn to make shorter posts. Sometimes multiple smaller posts are better than one large one. Also breaking up longer paragraphs into smaller ones improves readability.

    Sometimes posting the same thread on a different forum yields better response for some reason.

    Sometimes raising the same question again at a later time helps. Maybe at the time you posted the thread there were several hot topic threads going on at the same time so your thread slept under the radar but reposting at a later time maybe compared to the other threads, yours stands out more.

    Making sure you post your thread in the appropriate subforum helps.

    What doesn't work is pressuring people into responding. Maybe you'll get responses but they probably won't be as high quality or as sincere.
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    ohhhh...i so wanted this thread to have no responses! haha kat!! i'm kinda kidding. i don't post a lot of threads but nah...i don't really care.
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    If I don't get a good response to a thread I've started I figure it's just not very interesting to the forum population at the moment. Considering what some of our largest threads are, I don't see much reason to be upset about it.
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    How often has the above happened to you?
    yeah of course, here or elsewhere. Although here I've started very few threads.

    Does it bother you?
    Not really. this is just one of many resources I use for information. If I get no response I just look elsewhere.

    Do you take it personally if people don't respond?

    Nah. if people aren't interested then it means exactly that; not that I don't have anything interesting to say.

    When this happens what do you do if anything to try to get more people to respond?

    Not really. Like I said, i just go elsewhere for my information. i find it works out a lot quicker and more efficiently that way.
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    This thread was such a wonderful thing until Queen Kat replied...

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    How often has the above happened to you?

    Often enough but not on a constant basis. Not much on this forum.

    Does it bother you?

    A little, I think. I really love feedback and I love hearing other viewpoints. I think 80% of my interaction with people is like this...well, verbal/written exchanges. It's something I really thrive on and I'm disappointed when it doesn't happen. Sometimes deeply disappointed.

    Do you take it personally if people don't respond?

    Well, yeah! I want a response and now!!! Okay...not really. I'm more apt to think my question/post was stupid, boring, or put in such a way that made the other person go
    Or maybe they just didn't feel like answering or know what to say. I read stuff all the time but don't respond because I'm not sure of how to condense my thoughts into written word. There's all kinds of reasons...and it's okay with me. It's not like people are getting paid to respond to my posts.

    (but I do appreciate all the responses...I do!)

    When this happens what do you do if anything to try to get more people to respond?

    I might prod with "Anybody?" or "No takers?" After that, I drop it. I seldom re-post it or anything.

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    Yes, it has happened to me. Even on this forum, though I haven't started that many threads here.
    It is sad, but true. Disappointing more exactly. But that's life.

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    When I saw this topic, I thought it would be kind of perfect if no one responded to this thread - irony humor.

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    How often has the above happened to you?

    Its occured several times, mabye a little less than a dozen on the two forums that i typically post on.

    Does it bother you?

    Yes, it makes me sad on the inside

    Do you take it personally if people don't respond?

    Sometimes I guess, I see it not so much as me being hated personally, but rather my forum community not caring about what I have to say.

    When this happens what do you do if anything to try to get more people to respond?

    I recently postes in an empty thread of mine "anybody?" to get a second chance at a response, and I got nothing. The only thread that I wasn't to upset about going unanswered was the one where I tried to compare the MTG color pie with MBTI (too vague and unclear to those not familiar with Magic the Gathering).

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