MrEen wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:20 pm
[...] if I stumble upon an older post that is unanswered, I now check when the user last visited.
I've left some unanswered when I spotted that they never returned after making the first post.
[...] I'm not going to ask for more info to help diagnose an issue from someone that may never return.
There is one side of the story that nobody touched yet. Incidentally I fall into that category myself.
User posts asking for help. They're automatically subscribed to notifications of reply.
Nobody answers. User gets no e-mail notification of reply.
User waits and waits
. From previous experience they know it's rude to bump own thread so they refrain from doing that. (not all people read the rules)
User assumes issue is unfixable or nobody cares; in some cases they may find help in other place(s). It may not even occur to them to return to previous boards and share their findings. It's possible they didn't even bookmark those boards, and it's also possible they completely forgot about those boards after a while since they received no notifications.
On a personal note, I've been around the Internet for almost 20 years. Been member of a lot of boards, and many/most of them considered bumping own threads as rude. It became a second nature to me to avoid doing that. And yeah, I kinda skip reading the rules when signing up because generally they all say the same things.
And yeah, I'm one that waits for e-mail reply notifications instead of refreshing a page every two minutes or whatever. And very rarely bookmark the threads. And I have a very bad memory lately, so bad that I already forgot most of my life - let alone what forum boards I may have posted a question that has received no answer.
So maybe not all first-time-posters are ill-intended or selfish or reckless or whatever they may be called. Maybe they just forgot. Or maybe they are still patiently waiting for an answer. I know I'm still waiting for (usable) answers to a few threads here.
Thank you for reading.