Enough with the thank yous. Instead, reply with gist.

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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Here at Warrior Forum, I've seen people reply with things like "thanks for sharing this information" or "nice post, thanks", which all provide no context and relation to the thread at all. Yes it's encouraging to see people at least try to interact, even in the form of meager and piecemeal responses, but they don't add up to the conversation.

Why?

People here on Warrior Forum, particularly new members, have a habit of replying to threads and I've come up with the most common ones:
  • This is an amazing idea!
  • Cool post. Thanks!
  • This topic is amazing and helps me a lot.
  • Thanks for your valuable tips.
  • The data is excellent and informative as well.

Now normally I would've responded one by one and ask them how they found a thread to be an amazing idea or how it helped them a lot, but it's time consuming.

Annoyingly too, the most common nonsense comment on Facebook pages is "cool post thanks for sharing." It's empty, right? It just doesn't make any sense.

Blame it on Facebook Badges and its algorithm to reward top commenters, even if the comment is spam or has no meat at all. People will want that Top Fan badge on their profile, even if their comments have nothing to do with your post about the latest news.

Same goes to the Twitterverse, where retweets containing "Thanks for the RT" or a reply with "Thanks for the follow back" are all empty.

What you should do

If you're a commenter, instead of spreading empty comments and nonsense responses, why don't you read and analyse what you're replying to, and share your insights and opinions? Help stir up the conversation. Initiate a more fruitful and engaging community. Participate in lively and smart discussions.

And yes, as much as it's nice having that spankingly shiny Top Fan badge, unless you intend to engage in conversations related to, for example, Facebook Libra, don't troll or spam with "cool post, thanks for sharing". It doesn't help stir up conversation, and might even drag along trolls and spammers which everyone hates.

If you run a Twitter page and you get a new follower, don't say thanks right away. Instead, engage your new follower with something like this:
  • @UserABC is now following you.
  • Then you can reply with: Hey @UserABC. What brings you here and what would you like to know?

Get your point across - why the user followed you, and how would you engage your new follower.

What about you? Have you, at once, replied with something like "thanks for sharing" or even "cool post, thanks for sharing"? If you run a social media page, how would you filter or avoid these kinds of empty responses?

Furthermore, how would you encourage and stir up healthy and meaningful conversations with your audiences?
#engagement #facebook #followers #gist #reply #response #social media #twitter #yous
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  • The most effective strategy I have found to generate engagement is to look for problems and then bring them to light. People are naturally drawn to information that will solve their problems. So our jobs as content producers is to identify what problems our consumers have, and what they're already looking for, and then give it to them.

    I rarely thank someone for posting by replying to them - maybe only when it is an appreciation post targetted at me or my company, then I think it's just courtesy to reply. I agree with you that generally thanking someone should be done through more intelligent ways, like we do here on Warrior Forum using the thank you button.

    There is no need to fill the discussion with useless additional posts that just say thank you.

    With regards to the social media pages I manage, I can't filter the responses most often, which is very annoying. But a tool that would hide such responses by default, maybe a plugin that you install on your Chrome browser, is a great idea. (HINT - good business opportunity )
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  • Profile picture of the author koke77
    One reason for those empty posts is probably the requirement for at least 5 posts before a new member can PM someone or start their own thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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      If you're talking about WF and the five-post requirement, yes for sure new members need 5 posts but those 5 posts could've been more insightful and engaging and not some piecemeal response.

      Originally Posted by koke77 View Post

      One reason for those empty posts is probably the requirement for at least 5 posts before a new member can PM someone or start their own thread.
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

        If you're talking about WF and the five-post requirement, yes for sure new members need 5 posts but those 5 posts could've been more insightful and engaging and not some piecemeal response.
        Sometimes I would rather see someone say Thank you, than the post of lists. Yet they never answer what the Original poster asks

        Example poster will ask a specific question about traffic.

        You can get traffic from

        1) Facebook
        2) Instagram
        3) Youtube
        4) Twitter
        5) Blah, Blah, Blah

        The way things have gone the mobile route, it seem to encourage these types of answers. Look at facebook or even the way the feed is layed out on this forum, it seems to cause more of these generic posts.

        Not sure what the answer is but glad to see you ask posters for a little more detail
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    Yes, it's very annoying for those comments to appear on my posts and just as annoying to see them in general on others' posts as it dilutes the quality conversations.

    I have typically asked questions to engage conversation, but then even those questions will lead to "great question!" or "exactly! looking forward to the response!" which further dilute the message.

    Sometimes, I will ask questions to the audience and not just the OP. That can trigger great ideas and insight. If the question is only directed to the OP, other viewers tend not to get involved.
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    • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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      The audience matter too, but let us ensure that we do not harass or attack, or otherwise show unruly behaviour to other users. As much as we encourage discussions and conversations, let's be mindful of our own opinions.

      Originally Posted by palmtreelife View Post

      Sometimes, I will ask questions to the audience and not just the OP. That can trigger great ideas and insight. If the question is only directed to the OP, other viewers tend not to get involved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by koke77 View Post

    One reason for those empty posts is probably the requirement for at least 5 posts before a new member can PM someone or start their own thread.
    Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

    If you're talking about WF and the five-post requirement, yes for sure new members need 5 posts but those 5 posts could've been more insightful and engaging and not some piecemeal response.
    "potato, patata"

    Enzo,

    The Community Guidelines & Rules 2.3 - it is not allowed, so what are members supposed to do about it?

    We cannot report it?

    Note: This is ONLY to be used to report spam, advertising messages, and problematic (harassment, fighting, or rude) posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      "potato, patata"

      Enzo,.
      Very informative post
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Don's right. These days, pointless generic lists, often with little relevance to the thread topic, are what passes for forum engagement. They do nothing to encourage discussion.

    Sometimes, a simple "thank you" post is a way for a newcomer to start getting involved. If you're not sure you know enough about the topic, it can be intimidating to plunge in with a lengthy opinion. Of course, if someone comes in and sprays thank you posts across a dozen threads, that's a different matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    I congratulate you for bringing up this topic. This lazy, casual way of responding is not confined to the Warrior Forum, it is characteristic of much of social media, if we examine the statistics for being successful, we can discover that over 80% of people who set out to achieve something 'Online' wind up failing miserably, and this is because the vast number of people who like the idea of building an independent life-style just don't have the mettle, or the solid intentions of learning anything.
    Once they discover that building something on the web requires effort, focus and time-they lose interest and drop away.
    This very much plays into this half-baked approach to communicating, this cliche-ridden, mediocre attitude. "Awesome post dude, thanks"
    However, some people actually put some thought, and conscious presence of mind into their communication style, and these are very often the same 3-5% who actually go on to succeed with their projects.
    There is a direct correlation between communication style, and outcomes, most people are just flakey and half-arsed, this is why they fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    I get around the forum a bit... I wonder if the intent of the thank you posts are not driven from laziness but actual gratitude? As in I am researching this topic and that was a very informative post "Thank You".

    Me personally.. I would rather see the "Thank You". The idea FOR ME in sharing on this forum is not just to be read, but to educate and be understood. Knowing I am helping others by what I have written, for me is the return.

    My $.02
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  • Profile picture of the author volcan
    or u re angry or what ? truly dont understand , people writing what they are thinking even if its simple words ! better something then nothing lol
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  • Profile picture of the author millmess
    The best way to make your audience comment with sense is creating a battle between segmentation. Example: android vs apple.

    Everybody will argue on comments
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