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Discussion in 'Help Requests' started by Ken Anderson, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Ken Anderson

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    Someone wrote me this morning thinking no one was interested in what they have posted in the forum. First of all, that is fairly unusual in this forum; because we have such varied interests, someone is almost certain to be interested in whatever you have to say.

    I understand that it can be disheartening if no one is replying to your new thread, but that does not always denote a lack of interest. I know that I read a lot of things here that are of interest to me, although I may not have anything to add to it at the time.

    I hope he won't mind my using him as an example, but I am personally fascinated by the things that @Frank Sanoica has accomplished in his life, particularly the skills that he has obtained. Yet, although he says a lot of things that I can join in on, I don't have anything to add to his threads about the homes that he has built, or the fact that he can buy a new car and improve upon it - not because these things are uninteresting, but because I don't have those kinds of skills, and have never had those kinds of skills, so about all that I can add to some of that stuff is "Wow!" Sometimes I don't even know what the hell he's talking about, but I am still impressed.

    What I am trying to say is that the number of replies that a thread gets is not always indicative of the amount of interest that it has generated. Plus, there is the fact that if even one person joins in on your discussion, it is one that is worth having.

    It is probably a good idea for all of us to try to respond in some way to the threads that we have taken an interest in because discussions are more fun than monologues, and feedback is a good thing.

    You can see how many times your thread has been viewed by clicking into the category where you posted it and looking for your thread on the list. The forum will show both the number of views and the number of replies. Sometimes, a low number of views can be the result of a thread title that isn't descriptive.
     
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  2. Yvonne Smith

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    This is a really good point, and probably something that crosses everyone’s mind at some point or another. We have probably all posted something that we thought would start a great conversation, and then ......... it didn’t.
    Sometimes, months later, some new person will run across that old forgotten thread, and then it might come to life again; so we just never know what might happen when we start a thread on any topic.
    Like Ken says, sometimes there are threads that I read, and just don’t know how to respond, or maybe don’t even understand what the thread is all about; but I am interested and probably impressed just the same.
    Another thing that always seems to affect the forum is nice weather, especially summer. Bobby and I are outside as much as possible in that space between way too cold outside and way too hot outside; so we spend less time on the forum as a result . I imagine that this happens to a lot of us when the weather is nice and we are busy.
     
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    I am guilty of reading and not responding....no real reason as to why. Also just depends on how. much time you have to spend reading long posts.
     
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    Sometimes I, too, wonder what the hell I'm talking about. Then, I remind myself I have been called "B. S.-er of the year"!
     
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    Bobby Cole you always make me laugh
     
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    @Chris Ladewig
    In my case, some say I always make them cry.....I wonder why that is??
    Frank
     
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    Another way to improve page views and participation in your thread is to bring it up again if you haven't had many responses to it after a reasonable amount of time. Think about something else that you can add to it, then add it as a new post, so that the thread will be bumped to the top again. That can be done without being spammy if you add content to it rather than simply posting "bump" or something, as I have seen in other forums. If it's your thread, you should be able to think of something to say about it.

    You can also refer to it by linking to it from another thread, when the topic of the other thread touches upon the topic of your thread. Simply posting something mentioning that you had posted about something similar a week ago, or whatever, then leave a link - see my hyperlinking thread, then post something that more specifically relates to the thread that you are interrupting, so that it doesn't look like you're trying to derail it.

    If your topic is exactly like the other topic, I'll merge the two. Otherwise, both threads should continue.

    I do that with my threads from time to time, you'll notice. Please remember that there is nothing wrong with bringing up an old thread either, particularly if there is a likelihood that a new group of people might be able to give it new life.

    I rarely exhaust everything that I have to say about a topic in my first post, so I'll sometimes also post the first couple of responses as well, then usually someone else will join in and we'll have a thread. Sometimes that doesn't happen but as long as people have read what I have to say, I'm satisfied.

    Usually, we have fewer people on weekends than we have during the day, so if you post something on a Friday, there may be several other threads throughout the weekend, but the people most likely to reply to your thread might not notice it, particularly if it gets buried in a bunch of new threads, so it helps to bring it up again.
     
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