Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Oh My -- several "No Replies"

...another mystery ... Is there some reasonable explanation as to why folks ask a question and then sign it "No Reply"? There must be some reasonable answer.

Many of us bloggers have our blog system/options set to deliver your comment to our e-mail Inbox, as well as show up on Comments. We know right away if someone has made a comment, and, we can answer promptly. As for me, I usually answer all e-mail within a day or so.

If you sign your question "no reply", we have to 'find' you - not fun, and when some of us receive dozens of messages every day, it's hard to 'find' you, to answer your question.

So, my question is, What is the reason people comment "No Reply".

18 comments:

Catherine said...

I'll be really interested to see what responses you get to this. I've pretty well given up on the "no reply" questions. It's too bad, but if people make it so difficult to respond to them, then they can't reasonably expect a reply, imo.

Exuberant Color said...

A lot of the new Bloggers don't know they have to put a check mark in front of "show my email" on their profile page. OR I think it scares them. I think a lot of other people who don't have a Blogger account think we can get back to them, where in reality we don't have a clue how to.

Nancy said...

I have the same problem and have learned to ignore them because I have searched too many times and found that they do not have an email listed anywhere.

I agree with Exuberant Color that it frightens people to check "show my email."

paula, the quilter said...

I try to find the person the first time they comment and give them instructions on how to turn on their email. After that, if they still leave comments, I don't bother to contact the person. I am going to check the 'email followup comments' because I sincerely want to see responses to this topic.

Joyce said...

I think people either don't know about the no-reply thing or are afraid. But then why do they ask questions???

Paula said...

When I first set up my account, I just KNEW I would receive all sorts of spam. I very quickly realized that I needed my e-mail addy on my profile to be able to communicate.

Just in case some "no-repliers" are reading this....I get no spam and I haven't had any nut cases contact me!!! LOL

Elaine Adair said...

I agree with Paula above. I don't get any spam, after I decided to provide my e-mail address in my blog. However, comments I make on other blogs are public (always say something nice!). If I have something private to say, I will send a message only via e-mail, not comment. I use a pseudonym in my blog name so my real name is not 'out there'.

An alternative to providing your home e-mail address on your Blog might be to set up a FREE account with Yahoo or ??Hotmail?? etc, and use that as your blog e-mail.

Elaine Adair

sewprimitive karen said...

Yes, I use my Yahoo email as my blog email and I get no spam at all there. My regular comcast emails get a lot of spam. I think people who don't have blogs themselves but read the blogs are the ones who tend to have the no-reply. And they are invariably the ones who ask specific questions. I used to try to do an archaeological dig for their emails but no more, there is just no time.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You hit on a nerve I've been trying to fix for some time. It is really frustrating. Most of the time I don't bother hunting down. I try sometimes. I've posted this kind of message on my blog too - and guess what? It made zero difference. Hmm Why I don't know.

Bethany said...

I hate that too. I love to answer questions and not being able to find you makes it impossible.

My favorite person is anonymous. Anon leaves the BEST of the worst comments but leaves me laughing so hard. Why can't I just say it like I think it is? I envy Anon.

I usually leave a comment on my post after Anon that says, "Your post as usual cheered up my day. Without you, I wouldn't have anything to look forward to when I open my email. Have a great day and come back again!"

The Calico Quilter said...

I know non-quilting bloggers that have back-and-forth conversations in the comments section. The commenter will leave an entry, and the blog owner answer in the comments. I suppose that they assume if one reader had the question, others might too.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I so agree. I want to respond, but I sometimes you can't even find their blog to leave a comment!

Mary said...

I've added the following note to my comment section but still get people who ask questions with no way to contact them. I will track someone down once and suggest they turn on their email but after that, I don't.

Have a question? Want an answer? Enable your email address in blogger or leave your email address in your comment.

Nettie said...

I'm guessing it's mainly either lack of tech-savvy or concerns about making an email address public. I may even have my email turned off now or have before, without realizing it.

Also agree with Calico Quilter that some may assume the blogger will respond in a followup comment rather than via email, as that's how Bulletin Board Systems work. I belonged to the WELL, a BBS, for many years, and am still getting used to the email communication among bloggers. It's nice, but different.

FLO_rancher said...

I sure hope I am not guilty of saying no reply. I love to keep in touch with quilters, and the internet is so large is too easy to loose track of them. take care ..sew peacefully DEB}:o

FLO_rancher said...

OH my gosh..I am guilty>>I checked my Google ID..and I had not checked the part to show you an email address..someday I just need to get a blog put together. Maybe after the first of the year...Hint..I am dreaming of the word "HOUSE"..
sew peacefully DEB};o

Helen said...

Very interesting replies. I think some who are non-reply are scared of getting spammed, and maybe they are expecting you to answer their question in your next posting and they will probably be happily checking your blog each day for and answer???

Helen said...

PS The blogging thing I find the don't have their comments box opening up a new little window (unlike youbachru who does). I like to see the original post sitting in the background so I can re-read it while I am thinking about what to write.