An Open Letter To All Posters Of Questions
Since I (or others) have taken the time to respond your question, it'd be nice if you would at least read what was written as the response and respond in kind. I think that many people post, wait a very short time, and if they don't get an immediate response, they move on never to return.
This wastes everyone's time.
It wasted the Original Poster's (OP) time since they wrote the original post asking for help, but since they never bothered to read the replies posted in kind, let alone respond to them, what was the point of posting in the first place?
For those who replied to the Original Poster (OP), their time was wasted because there is no discussion. In many cases, I've asked not only for the OP to please provided possible answers on what little information I've been given, but I've also asked for clarification of the question, only to never get a response from the OP at all.
When this happens enough, people will not respond simply stop responding because they don't want to waste their time responding to posts that the OP won't read or care to respond to, and when that happens, this place is pretty much dead. You may as well walk out at 3am on your rooftop and shout "HEY!! I HAVE A LINUX PROBLEM. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME???" ...and wait for a response because whether you shout for an answer from your rooftop at 3am or post your question on on this forum, the results will be the same.
Nada. Nothing. Zip. A big fat ZERO.
So, if you aren't going to READ what people respond, AND post acknowledgement of it, I beg you to PLEASE not post in the first place.
PS: I don't mean to be crass or rude, only to call it like it is without sugarcoating it.
UPDATE: 12-19-2011 - Just an edit to update this with a comment..... Did anyone else notice that prior to me making this update on 12-19-2011, there's been no other posts or updates at all in the last 10 days?
Seriously.... do you think any active message board goes TEN DAYS without a single new post on it?
This gives credence to what I said above about this place being dead.
Think about it.
The question has been closed for the following reason "Question is off-topic or not relevant" by jeremy 20 Jun '12, 10:56
Unfortunately, you're right on target... >-/
answered 06 Dec '11, 10:25
Although I understand that this is a bit frustrating, answering those messages has its uses!
Consider the following Question posted on LEx: Temporarily Disabling Gold Linker On Ubuntu
Even though the OP apparently left, the Question has >400 views as of now. The answer, even though it might not be marked as such, has probably helped a lot of people just stumbling upon the question. Those people might not be registered at LEx, having no way to upvote/respond to the question.
In my opinion, even the questions asked in the answer could help other people! In the aforementioned example, Ron asked if the OP had read the manual. Someone might not have known that a manual exists, or simply didn't know where to start looking for help. This might not be the best example for good questions in answers, but you get the idea. ;)
So basically, every good answer will help people, even if the problem itself is not solved.
To circumvent the problem that answers don't get upvotes/don't get accepted if further information is needed and the OP left, the moderators will choose an answer to a problem and accept it.
answered 09 Dec '11, 13:38
Just a bump as a reminder for 2012.
answered 05 Mar '12, 18:27
Just performing a little thread necormancy" by reviving this dead post to prove my point.... has anyone else noticed the lack of activity around here - including the lack of responses.
Now look at the date on my original post in this thread.
answered 17 May '12, 17:59
As this question is not Linux / Open Source related and is not in the spirit of the site, it has been closed. I'm leaving this as a notice for a few days, at which point the thread will be deleted. If anyone can any questions or comments, let me know.
answered 20 Jun '12, 10:56