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Why ordinary users not thankful to helpful users answering

  1. Apr 17, 2015 #1
    I see many mentors and friendly members giving concise replies to some OP's question and yet the OP does not like the reply to thank the answerer, I may be sounding arrogant but I believe that the users who help answer questions should be rewarded by the users who asked the question is all.
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2015 #2

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    Hi lonely_nucleus,

    Yes, I agree with you and probably most who will read this thread will also do so. Unfortunately, the internet is full of people who have become accustomed to not having to utter the simple word "thanks". These will generally simply come here, post their thread, read some answers and leave, probably not thinking twice that some complete stranger took the time and effort of sitting down and helping them. Therefore, we will always have this type of posts.

    On the good side, there are many frequent and infrequent users who do show their appreciation and thank the people who helped them both using the "Like" button and by posting a "Thanks, I think I got it!" in thread. I prefer to concentrate on this type of people and that attitude will clearly make people more willing to help in the future as well as make PF a better place.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2015 #3

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    For the record I'm cool with the pay-it-forward philosophy. If someone helps you, go out of your way to help someone else.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2015 #4

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    As Orodruin noted, the Internet breeds causal rudeness.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2015 #5
    Better yet is when people post a problem without having read the guidelines or used the template, thinking this is the physics version of Yahoo Answers. Is it that difficult to read the guidelines and to show even a half-baked attempt? Has it always been the policy of PF to help people solve the problem themselves instead of just giving them the answers?
     
  7. Apr 17, 2015 #6

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    I don't answer questions just to get the reward of a thanks.

    Do you equate a lack of politeness with rudeness?
     
  8. Apr 17, 2015 #7
    I have yet to see anyone be genuinely rude to an actual "homework helper", and I have been lurking in the introductory physics homework forums for a few months, now. I have, however, seen quite a bit of disregard for forum guidelines, and that is perhaps the closest to rudeness I have seen.
     
  9. Apr 17, 2015 #8

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    Yes. I'm probably overly sensitive on this, I know, but it was the way I was brought up. I'm perfectly willing to be rude to someone if I think it's called for but I try not to do it without thinking. I subscribe to Oscar Wilde's dictum
    and I consider bad manners to be rude.
     
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  11. Apr 18, 2015 #10

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    I don't know if so from the start ... I would guess so ... Admin. Greg or other early members would be able to answer that
    but it has been the way since I have been here and getting people to think the problem out for themselves with
    the appropriate guidance is a good thing :smile:

    cheers
    Dave
     
  12. Apr 18, 2015 #11

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  15. Apr 18, 2015 #14

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    Indeed.
    Those threads usually follow one of two schemes.

    The first one:
    A: [homework problem with no or no real attempt]
    B: What do you think / what did you try so far?
    A: Just give me the solution!
    ... and so on

    The second one:
    A: I know that [something wrong]. Therefore, [follow-up question]?
    B: Your premise is wrong, the question does not make sense.
    C: Your premise is wrong, the question does not make sense.
    D: Your premise is wrong, the question does not make sense.
    A: Just answer my question!
     
  16. Apr 18, 2015 #15
    Friend you speak words that are not of atoms glow. There are questions that cannot be answered by anyone and there are questions which have a direct solution. If a member wants a concise answer a good member should give him the solution straightforward. The OP should thank the concise answer if he is satisfied with it.
     
  17. Apr 18, 2015 #16

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    That's not what we do here. We help students learn how to find the answer, we do not just hand them the answer, that only hurts the student.
     
  18. Apr 18, 2015 #17

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    As Evo said, spoon feeding someone answers is useless. Anyone who wants to waste their time that way can find other forums where "mentors" are just there to show how smart they are. Out mentors are here to teach and be helpful. They already know they're smart.
     
  19. Apr 18, 2015 #18

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    We mentors consider it "infraction-worthy."
     
  20. Apr 18, 2015 #19
    I am quite easily intimidated, and I would like to say that that intimidates me.
     
  21. Apr 18, 2015 #20

    Mark44

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    It should intimidate you only if you deliberately disregard the forum rules. That was the context in which I wrote that comment.
     
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