GM - I sincerely don’t believe either truly applies. Very observant imho.
First, I think there is a tendency from time to time, for new threads to be created, w/o regard to what has gone before - the desire for an instant answer, which may explain why no follow up. How many Qobuz threads were started at the end of last year?
Second, there is undoubtedly a reluctance to use the search facility. I seem to think that even our esteemed member from the Pleuronectidae family, doesn’t so often nowadays, suggest the search function - too often the wise suggestion hasn’t reached its mark!
Third, for some op, the responses don’t endorse what they wish to have endorsed. Example - ‘my network works fine - just the app doesn’t work’. Really…the iOS app works just fine here with several gens of streamer, across two buildings, but then I was installing cat5 > 20 years ago, with back haul WAPs in addition. I am selective in which posts to which I respond. Credit to those who are frequent posters. Over the years, regrettably some who posted intelligently, have stepped back.
As others have commented, give of your best, as time permits, in the knowledge that many readers besides the op of the thread(s) in question, will read, absorb and silently appreciate your contributions and many others, to this informative forum.
The search function can throw up lots of good stuff. I wrote at length about my experiments with vinyl in other posts to people thinking about it, and certainly can’t be bothered to write the same thing again. I’m sure that the responses people get depend partly on the opening post and subsequent engagement. If people don’t give decent context - system, budget, aspirations etc - and then don’t respond, it’s no surprise that people are less giving of their time and advice.
I certainly don’t seek or expect gratitude, but it’s good to get some sort of response, at least to know if suggestions have worked. I ask for advice very rarely but when I do I’m really careful to give thanks and feedback where it’s due. It just seems the right thing to do.
I suspect some people think the forum is some sort of official thing and that the members are paid employees, rather than fellow owners giving their time to try to be helpful.
Happens in forums all the time. As do contributors pushing back against experiences and information they don’t want to hear, or topic starters who instruct people with other opinions/experiences not to contribute.
Human nature, nothing else. Bloody rude but that’s people for you.
probably a minority opinion here, but imho you dont owe the OP anything and the OP does not owe you anything. we choose to offer requested advice or not. the OP chooses to either take our advice or not.
maybe they fixed the problem on their own, or bought a replacement piece. or got quicker advice from another forum or their wife. sure going back on and thanking everyone for the advice is nice and the right thing to do. but it seems disingenuous to offer “free” advice but then expect to be compensated for it (with a thank you).
I agree. It makes a forum more conversational. It’s also just plain polite.
The ‘like’ button can be similar, I think (I know some members don’t/won’t use them and would no doubt prefer if the Forum didn’t have them - although it would be interesting to have receiving ‘likes’ as an option when posting rather than responding. How many would turn it off…)