Time for a wee moan.
Posted on 2002-04-11
I don't do this often, but I am now. How many of you experts are noticing that more and more people are asking questions, but completely ignoring the comments you post? For instance, someone asks why something doesn't work and you give them a couple of things to try, but it seems to me that they think that it's too hard and just ignore the comments. It's like they expect us to come up with a miracle solution without having to do anything themselves! Don't get me wrong here, I'm all for helping people, but as the saying goes, God helps those who help themselves (not comparing myself to the Almighty of cause).
I get really jacked off posting comments trying to help people and then they don't give me the courtesy of saying thanks or, that didn't work can you suggest something else. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother. This is happening so much recently and it's becoming REALLY annoying. I don't give a pinch of piss about the points, I don't care about the gradings, all I care about is trying to offer a bit of assistance and then getting some gratitude for my efforts - not to be completely ignored!
I remember a while ago (98 or 99) a black list was started because this sort of crap was happening. I'm in half a mind to start this damn list up again because I'm wasting my time helping ignoramuses out who don't want to do anything for themselves.
IF you post a question and someone posts a comment, it's not bloody hard to write a comment back informing that person of the outcome of his or her suggestions. If you don't like their suggestion, let them know why, tell them why it didn't meet your requirements. Experts spend a lot of their spare time helping questioners out, and there is nothing worse than being ignored.
I know I'm not as prolific as Madshi, Barry, Meikl etc, but I still do help out where I can. Call me a whinging bastard if you please, but I'm getting to the stage now where I couldn't give a stuff about this whole thing. Experts Exchange is fantastic - it's a two way street. I try to put back what I take out, but it makes it damn hard when certain people blatantly ignore expert’s comments.
And another thing that jacks me is people who ask a question, get the question answered (usually as a comment) and then don't return the courtesy by accepting the answer and awarding the points. This is your form of payment for a service provided by a skilled person! Maybe EE should impose an interest system, where if a question is left open, that user has a certain amount of points deducted from their account which goes into that dismally maintained question. Not only is it rude, but it makes the moderators lives harder because they have to weed through all the opened questions, post lazy people messages informing them that they haven't finalised a question (or in some case dozens).
There's just no excuse for it. I put it down to plain laziness. No one can ignore the email alerts.
So, if you want your questions answered, do the right thing and respect the people that work damn hard to provide you with high quality answers quickly and efficiently. Otherwise, you might find that your questions are just left without answers.
That's my bitch for the day.