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.
• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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.
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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•  Originally Posted by armadin 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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•  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill 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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•  Originally Posted by armadin 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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•  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill 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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• Exactly what kind of thank yous are you getting that have you so baffled?
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• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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!
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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• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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.
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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•  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill 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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•  Originally Posted by purplecone 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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•  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill 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 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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• What ever the thanks button been click for in my post i get very happy to see it...
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• Sorry, I have to wonder the same thing sometimes
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• 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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• 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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• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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?
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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• @thunderbird - do I detect an underlying need to get more "thanks" here ;-))))
Since its easter you got one - enjoy!
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•  Originally Posted by 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?
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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• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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. Cheers, Becky
SAME HERE!
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 Originally Posted by 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
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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• 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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•  Originally Posted by 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."
Yeah, I agree with you.

(couldn't resist).
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•  Originally Posted by R Hagel 10. Someone posts random letters. Cheers, Becky

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•  Originally Posted by Gary King 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
Hmph. Not random, but for some reason I felt absolutely compelled to thank you anyway. It was almost... subliminal!
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•  Originally Posted by R Hagel 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 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 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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•  Originally Posted by Gary King 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
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Steve
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•  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill 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 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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 Originally Posted by thunderbird 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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• 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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• 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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• 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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• 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"

Peace

Jay
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