Ever Wonder Why You're Being Thanked?

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I sometimes get thanks for posts on this forum and don't have a clue why. Do you ever get mysterious thanks here that don't have an obvious reason? I can understand getting thanked for solving someone's wordpress coding problem or something like that, but I don't understand some of the thanks I get.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I always figured it was because I'm just so gosh darn wonderful.

    Seriously though, most of the time it seems fairly obvious (whether what seems obvious is right or not), but yeah, once in a while it's hard to figure the why of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author armadin
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I always figured it was because I'm just so gosh darn wonderful.

      Seriously though, most of the time it seems fairly obvious (whether what seems obvious is right or not), but yeah, once in a while it's hard to figure the why of it.
      Your doggie reminds me of Snowy in the old Tintin books

      I know that folks like you and Steven with 14 k worth of posts will get thanked sometimes even if you write a few letters of the alphabet, I think it just goes with the turf and the fact that you guys are always so helpful on this forum.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by armadin View Post

        Your doggie reminds me of Snowy in the old Tintin books

        I know that folks like you and Steven with 14 k worth of posts will get thanked sometimes even if you write a few letters of the alphabet, I think it just goes with the turf and the fact that you guys are always so helpful on this forum.
        You've inspired me! Let me put that alphabet theory to the test just for fun. Might be the cheapest thanks I ever got. Okay, here we go...
        d r M t B V x
        ...and here are a few numbers for good measure...
        450293
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        • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          You've inspired me! Let me put that alphabet theory to the test just for fun. Might be the cheapest thanks I ever got. Okay, here we go...
          d r M t B V x
          ...and here are a few numbers for good measure...
          450293

          Yes, I got a chuckle out of that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by armadin View Post

        Your doggie reminds me of Snowy in the old Tintin books

        I know that folks like you and Steven with 14 k worth of posts will get thanked sometimes even if you write a few letters of the alphabet, I think it just goes with the turf and the fact that you guys are always so helpful on this forum.
        You were right, so I thanked you!

        PS - Don't tell Steven though, let's keep this our little secret.
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        • Profile picture of the author armadin
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          You were right, so I thanked you!

          PS - Don't tell Steven though, let's keep this our little secret.
          Thanks Dennis, maybe you can do some A-B split testing on your profile picture to verify this too
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  • Profile picture of the author shabit87
    Exactly what kind of thank yous are you getting that have you so baffled?
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    I would like to think its because I am so darn helpful lol ....... But sometimes your not being helpful at all and you get a random thanks!!!

    Take all you can get at least people are appreciative which is good!
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    • Profile picture of the author shabit87
      Originally Posted by entrepreneurjay View Post

      I would like to think its because I am so darn helpful lol ....... But sometimes your not being helpful at all and you get a random thanks!!!

      Take all you can get at least people are appreciative which is good!
      In that case, I'd think its just cause you took the time out to put up a post...other than that I have no clue.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I pay attention to my thanked count, as it always makes me happy if I can assist someone. Sometimes I get thanked for giving someone the answer they needed. Sometimes I get thanked because I made a point that they agree with. I don't know any other reasons.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      I pay attention to my thanked count, as it always makes me happy if I can assist someone. Sometimes I get thanked for giving someone the answer they needed. Sometimes I get thanked because I made a point that they agree with. I don't know any other reasons.
      Here's another reason...I almost always give thanks if someone makes me laugh out loud. That reason may not be obvious all the time.
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      • Profile picture of the author purplecone
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        Here's another reason...I almost always give thanks if someone makes me laugh out loud. That reason may not be obvious all the time.
        When I am stressed, a post that makes me laugh is wonderful. I also give thanks when a comment clarifies a point I have been confused on. So
        I give lots of thanks....

        Linda
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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by purplecone View Post

          When I am stressed, a post that makes me laugh is wonderful. I also give thanks when a comment clarifies a point I have been confused on. So
          I give lots of thanks....

          Linda
          That might explain it. I'm not sure what I might have written to make anyone laugh, but I once took part in Toastmasters and gave a speech. They were in stitches, laughing so hard, they were gasping for air. Thing is, I wasn't aiming to be funny.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        Here's another reason...I almost always give thanks if someone makes me laugh out loud. That reason may not be obvious all the time.
        Dennis beat me to it (along with a few others leaning the same way)... if something makes me chuckle, I click the ole thanks button.



        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        You've inspired me! Let me put that alphabet theory to the test just for fun. Might be the cheapest thanks I ever got. Okay, here we go...
        d r M t B V x
        ...and here are a few numbers for good measure...
        450293
        Dennis, you almost had me there until I realized you put an "x" at the end of your post. As a zombie follower, I brainlessly clicked the "x" on my web browser tab and mystically it disappeared.
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  • Profile picture of the author frqhuss
    What ever the thanks button been click for in my post i get very happy to see it...
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  • Profile picture of the author mikkosant
    Sorry, I have to wonder the same thing sometimes
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I have not really encountered that. Usually it is for obvious reasons (IE: This post will get at least 10 thanks alone)
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    You could have been funny without even knowing it.

    Sometimes people with a different sense of humor think you are being funny and they are saying they got a laugh out of your post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    So what is the point of the thanks button anyway? Is it so that you can see who the most 'helpful' people are based on the number of thanks they have received?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Mrs S View Post

      So what is the point of the thanks button anyway? Is it so that you can see who the most 'helpful' people are based on the number of thanks they have received?
      I think the main reason is to say thank you to someone who you feel has added value to the forum or added to your understanding, but a lot of sub-reasons could be tacked on to that. In my opinion, it's good to be fairly generous with your thanks, but not so generous that your thanks loses its meaning.
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    • Profile picture of the author peterj
      Originally Posted by Mrs S View Post

      So what is the point of the thanks button anyway? Is it so that you can see who the most 'helpful' people are based on the number of thanks they have received?
      I'm prolly wrong (usually), but I think one of the main reasons behind the thanks button is so that if people want to just say 'Thanks' they can do so without littering up a thread with lots of Thanks posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Here are the reasons I click the thanks button (in no particular order):

    1. Someone makes me laugh.

    2. Someone shares my viewpoint / opinion (i.e., I agree with them).

    3. Someone doesn't share my viewpoint AT ALL -- but they state a nice case.

    4. Someone shares something useful, like a neat tip, something I didn't know.

    5. Someone shares a tip that I did know, but I'm happy they shared it with others.

    6. I ask a question and those who answer get a thanks.

    7. Someone posts something that "moves" me -- like an inspirational story.

    8. Someone says something complimentary towards me.

    9. Someone posts something that really opens my eyes, makes me think about something I've never thought about, or makes me rethink something.

    10. Someone posts random letters.


    Cheers,
    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Here are the reasons I click the thanks button (in no particular order):

      1. Someone makes me laugh.

      2. Someone shares my viewpoint / opinion (i.e., I agree with them).

      3. Someone doesn't share my viewpoint AT ALL -- but they state a nice case.

      4. Someone shares something useful, like a neat tip, something I didn't know.

      5. Someone shares a tip that I did know, but I'm happy they shared it with others.

      6. I ask a question and those who answer get a thanks.

      7. Someone posts something that "moves" me -- like an inspirational story.

      8. Someone says something complimentary towards me.

      9. Someone posts something that really opens my eyes, makes me think about something I've never thought about, or makes me rethink something.


      Cheers,
      Becky
      SAME HERE!
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    • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Here are the reasons I click the thanks button (in no particular order):

      1. Someone makes me laugh.

      2. Someone shares my viewpoint / opinion (i.e., I agree with them).

      3. Someone doesn't share my viewpoint AT ALL -- but they state a nice case.

      4. Someone shares something useful, like a neat tip, something I didn't know.

      5. Someone shares a tip that I did know, but I'm happy they shared it with others.

      6. I ask a question and those who answer get a thanks.

      7. Someone posts something that "moves" me -- like an inspirational story.

      8. Someone says something complimentary towards me.

      9. Someone posts something that really opens my eyes, makes me think about something I've never thought about, or makes me rethink something.

      10. Someone posts random letters.


      Cheers,
      Becky
      Let me add these bullet reasons why I click the thanks button:

      11. Someone asks me a question that will help me to express myself very well.

      12. Someone gives me an opportunity to increase my post count.
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      • Profile picture of the author adamv
        In addition to the reasons above, one simple reason that I click the thanks button is when I agree with what someone has said and I have nothing further to add. I would just click the thanks button rather than making a post that says "yeah, I agree with you."
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        • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
          Originally Posted by adamv View Post

          In addition to the reasons above, one simple reason that I click the thanks button is when I agree with what someone has said and I have nothing further to add. I would just click the thanks button rather than making a post that says "yeah, I agree with you."
          Yeah, I agree with you.

          (couldn't resist).
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      10. Someone posts random letters.

      Cheers,
      Becky

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      • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
        Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

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        Hmph. Not random, but for some reason I felt absolutely compelled to thank you anyway. It was almost... subliminal!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

        Here are the reasons I click the thanks button (in no particular order):

        10. Someone posts random letters.
        You mean, sniff, my beautifully crafted, sniff sniff, random numbers didn't do anything for you? Sniff...waaaa!

        Originally Posted by peterj View Post

        I'm prolly wrong (usually), but I think one of the main reasons behind the thanks button is so that if people want to just say 'Thanks' they can do so without littering up a thread with lots of Thanks posts.
        You're not wrong, that's another good reason. It goes along with what adamv wrote, "...when I agree with what someone has said and I have nothing further to add. I would just click the thanks button rather than making a post that says "yeah, I agree with you."

        Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

        n o t t u b s k n a h t e h t k c i l c e s a e l p
        Aw...you got a thanks from me with the zombie thing, but now you're going backwards.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Gary King View Post

        n o t t u b s k n a h t e h t k c i l c e s a e l p
        tiawliisknahton

        Steve
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        • Profile picture of the author Gary King
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          Aw...you got a thanks from me with the zombie thing, but now you're going backwards.

          I'll work on it... lol

          Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

          tiawliisknahton

          Steve
          technically you did thank me... ROFL
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            I put it down to my avatar , ninja, businessmen, jedi .
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

    I sometimes get thanks for posts on this forum and don't have a clue why. Do you ever get mysterious thanks here that don't have an obvious reason? I can understand getting thanked for solving someone's wordpress coding problem or something like that, but I don't understand some of the thanks I get.
    Hey,

    I know why I'm receiving thanks. First of all, it is because I don't care whether I get any thanks.

    In addition, it is because I give thanks more than I receive. If you don't thank others, you may not receive any thanks because it is more blessed to give to give than to receive.

    Now, thank me for telling you why.
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Yes, I've had my share of mysterious thanks.

    In fact, most of my first few thanked posts... I had no idea why they were thanked. There was a thread by me where someone thanked every poster till the 4th or 5th post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ivelin2008
    Yeah. I got my first thanks soon and was wondering where did that come from lol. Obviously I made some posts that someone found value in, and that's cool but I have no idea which ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edk
    For sure I don't have that many thanks but it can be that I've comforted the person( but it wasn't my intention as such...)
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I give thanks out for some of the most random things...

    Stuff that makes me laugh, good ideas, bad ideas presented well... decent discussions/attitudes....

    Various different things encourage me to say "thanks"

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