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Proper Thank-You's

by koolgirl (Hermit)
on Aug 24, 2008 at 05:06 UTC ( #706492=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


I've only been a member here for about 2 and a half days, and I recently posted my first question in Seekers of Perl Wisdom. The response was absolutely amazing. I thought this would be a fun, useful experience, but I was completely blown away by how useful it really is to receive guidance to a problem from so many points of view. I have, since reading all of the posted replies, learned two new skills with which I am coding more effectively, techniques for using operators I was not yet aware of, research procedures and despite the fact that I have been terrified of approaching a hash, I have now written my first successfully as a result of an idea in a reply :)

So, thank you all so very much, I can now see the immense benefit of this site, and just what it can do for someone earnestly dedicated to pursuing the knowledge and wisdom needed to begin coding effectively in Perl. I am completely convinced, that this site is a great benefit to the Perl community.

All that having been said, my point, was to bring up what the proper mode of writting a thank you such as my previous one, would be. I'm not sure if this forum is quite the right place, but it certainly wouldn't be appropriate any where else. Also, seeing as how I got quite a few replies, a single private message to each replier would be a bit of an over kill. Don't get me wrong, I certainly don't intend to do this every time someone gives me a reply (I'm in no hurry to be strangled out of sheer annoyance :), but as a one time thing, a thank you and acknowledgment of a new user, as to the appreciation of access to the site and the benefit of experienced programmers donating their time, I think should be posted at least once in a while, hopefully I chose the correct manner in which to do this. Sort of like your "Welcome Page", I guess this would be my ( the rookie's ) ("Thank You Page ). I would suggest a "Thank You Page", except that common sense tells me that this probably wouldn't benefit the entire site, but rather, specific monks, and seeing as how if the administrators didn't go out of their way to filter additions that weren't an absolute benefit to all, the site wouldn't be as good as it is, and it therefore wouldn't elicit a thank you page anyhow.

So, thanks PerlMonks, I learned quite a bit from those of you who responded, and wanted to say thank you for the time and effort. :)

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Re: Proper Thank-You's
by CountZero (Bishop) on Aug 24, 2008 at 08:20 UTC
    It surely would be a waste of node-space to reply to each and every helpful answer with "Thank you!". A personal message to some which have particularly struck you as helpful is always appreciated, but in general I find that an update of your original node by adding a small summary of the solutions you have applied and/or wish to comment upon is much preferred.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      I agree, personal messages are a good way (I always get this warm, fuzzy feeling one somebody says "thank you, that answer was really helpful" by private message).

      I also usually update the original question, saying "thank you" and either that I consider the question fully answered, or that I'm still open for new suggestions (Timtowtdi, you know...).

Re: Proper Thank-You's
by Tanktalus (Canon) on Aug 24, 2008 at 13:38 UTC

    Knowing that this has been discussed, I Super Searched for "thank you" and found To thank or not to thank?. You may want to read that for historical perspectives on thanking. Though, I have to admit, you've summed it up pretty well... you sure you hadn't looked for this already and just hiding it from us? :-)

Re: Proper Thank-You's
by aufflick (Deacon) on Aug 25, 2008 at 04:10 UTC

    koolgirl, welcome!

    Obviously no one dislikes being thanked (and you can always send a private /msg), but there is really only one main mode of giving thanks here on perlmonks - considering other's questions. You might feel like a noob, but there will soon be people less experienced at Perl than you.

    Perlmonks is a friendly place, where not only are no questions stupid but (within reason) no answers are stupid. So check Seekers of Perl Wisdom from time to time to learn from others' questions and also to pitch in :)

Re: Proper Thank-You's
by tod222 (Pilgrim) on Aug 26, 2008 at 22:51 UTC
    Nice post, koolgirl. Perlmonks is indeed an incredible resource.

    Of course the other way to thank people who answer questions is to vote for their replies -- it can serve as a quick way of thanking people when a 'thank you' reply would be overkill.

    The ability to reward with votes the people who respond to your question is probably one of the reasons why Perlmonks is a success.

    This was mentioned several times in the comments to the recent Why does PerlMonks rock? meditation.

Re: Proper Thank-You's
by Argel (Prior) on Aug 27, 2008 at 21:03 UTC
    Hmm, interesting question (++). For me I consider giving people credit part of the Thank You. So I think updating the node with links to the solutions I found helpful and links to the users who posted them is the best way to go. This has the added benefit of letting future viewers also know what worked and who helped. A /msg can also personalize it and makes sure that the user knows that they helped you out (since they may not see the update). Of course, it goes without saying that you should upvote the helpful nodes.

    Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks

Re: Proper Thank-You's
by FunkyMonk (Canon) on Sep 02, 2008 at 22:24 UTC
    I have just asked a question (which is somewhat of a rarity for me) in a sub-thread, and having recieved an answer, I just wouldn't feel right if I didn't thank the person publicly who answered my question.

    Had I asked in a root node, I wouldn't post a thank-you to everyone who responded. I'd probably pick one of the best answers and thank them, with "thanks also to..."

    As an answerer-of-questions, I like to be told if my answer did, or didn't help the poster. Thanks aren't required, "That worked" is good enough for me.

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