I am sure that other regular Members also feel the same.
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I often respond to a thread if I can make a difference by adding to existing information. I resist writing stories or quote elaborate examples for the sake of filling up the lines without any spacing to get the points.
I would rather not have many replies as sometimes people just check the title, skim the content and type it. If a person understands the thread, takes a few minutes to format a reply, then certainly it would be meaningful.
I agree with Mr.Partha, some threads are well researched but may not get many replies probably because they would find it difficult to add more or the subject would not be of their liking or it would be controversial.
So, we should not feel unhappy or disheartened as long as the thread is worthy to be discussed and as long as the replies are not out of context or replies that derail a thread.
Honesty is the best policy.
Not only that the authors should honour the decision of editors in respect of deleting any thread or reducing the earned points to zero.
It is a human nature that recognition in any form gives pleasure but we have no right to demand it.
There is one more aspect of the issue also. Generally, outstanding threads are seldom raised in the forum. Most of the topics covered are repetitions only except those threads raised after reading morning newspaper or watching television news channels.
Many authors raise threads just for the heck of it with the limited objective of earning few points for maintaining their membership level. Needless to mention here, there has to be a limit to the human creativity and trying to be too prolific is bound to result in production of substandard thread revolving around stale ideas.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
There is no question of feeling insulted if my thread is not responded by the members. There are few members who never miss to respond a thread. As Partha and Natarajan said, I will be feeling bad against the member who respond with irrelevant information as they are habituated of responding each and every forum thread with the chief aim of scoring points. I need not pin point the members. It can be understood clearly.
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Your contributions are certainly going to be appreciated provided you could make quality postings.
Forum writing in ISC is just like bowling in cricket it can go 6, 4, no ball etc. So I don't find any issues or insulting if nobody responses.
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It is just a natural curiosity and enthusiasm to see may response to one's posts and more appreciations also. This happens initially when one is new to the forum. Generally seasoned members respond in an encouraging way to such threads , with some subtle suggestions, if needed.
However when one becomes more experienced and gets a real feeling of the many threads appearing and how they are responded, one gets a cue that readers have their own areas of interest. Those need not necessarily be the same as the writer.
One should understand that the word(even virtual world) is so large that every one has his worthy and rightful space in it. There will be many who are in same wavelength as the writer on that thread and many who may be totally different. Some people have the knack to gauge the pulse of the audience and create posts which will be appealing to more people. They are lucky or smart and successful.
However not all will be so. Average is most.
So let us be realistic that there may be many reading our threads , but may not necessarily responding . Some who would have otherwise interested might not have sen the post itself due to their absence at that time or due to lack of visibility of the thread as many thread came after that and filled the pages.
So there need not be any need for remorse,regret or rancour if our thread does not get more responses -including that from regulars. There is also chance that the posts will be read at a later time too.