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Aug 31, 2010 07:53 PM

How to say "thank you"

How can I post a general "thank you" to everyone who takes the time to respond to a query I have posted once I have the answer I need?

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  1. The best way to thank everyone is to report back on how the advice turned out. Many posters later send great reports, and the sharing of that information is fabulous feedback for those who responded to the original post.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      This is great advice by Tripeler. However, it also wouldn't hurt to post a simple "thank you" in the topic where you posted your original query.

      1. re: nsxtasy

        I find that some people go overboard, thanking each responder individually. A lone "thank you" after all responses have chimed in is sufficient.

        I do also appreciate reports/reviews/feedback on the advice solicited.

    2. just post a reply to your original query - it will appear at the bottom of the thread.

      1. End your OP with TIA (thanks in advance). On occasion, people think your name is Tia but most responders get it.

        However, it WOULD be nice if the OP were able to later add, TO THE ORIGINAL POST, something to the effect that the question has been answered or solution found. Currently the option to edit the OP lasts only a couple of hours. Since so many posters don't read the other responses before entering their own, it doesn't do the trick for the OP to post a follow-up report or thanks among the other responsed. Frequently there are repeats of the same info, or superfluous suggestions for events that have already transpired.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Well, but Chowhound isn't here for the original poster. It's a resource for answers for everyone who uses the site, now and in the future, so even if the OP has had his/her meal, later suggestions will help all the people who find the thread later in a searches. I don't think a thank you should be intended to be a sign to end discussion, just a way for one poster to show appreciation.

          1. re: Chris VR

            That's exactly right. I find myself more and more disdainful of those (including many regular posters) who use Chowhound as a concierge service (I need to find a restaurant by 7pm in Time Square, etc.). If I respond to these queries, I tend to wait till the time passes to make a comprehensive recommendation so that the community as a whole benefits. I find many of those who query the boards in this fashion hardly ever report back with the results of the recommendations they received. Perhaps this topic should be visited on the Not About Food board as an etiquette question. The best "thank you" would be a report back.