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Initial post: Jun 29, 2014 10:45:18 PM PDT
PS56k says:
If you are new to the forum,
and are going to post a question....

How do you expect to get any replies, or find any answers posted ?

Make sure you checkmark the box just below the message area...

.... "Receive email when new posts are made...

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 4:16:36 AM PDT
A Customer says:
"How do you expect to get any replies, or find any answers posted ?"

By periodically checking the forum. Also there is a box on the right hand side that shows "recently viewed discussions".

There is no need to clutter your mailbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:10:04 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
Yes, but many new posters rarely find their way back to see answers to their queries because they didn't track and can't figure out how they got here in the first place. As evidenced by the preponderance of new threads which never get revisited by the original poster.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:32:44 AM PDT
You know, it's kind of an interesting study. Of course, Kindlers come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. But I do wonder if one type of Kindler isn't the type who never got much into computers, their noses having been, of course, buried in a book as their preference.

Then either they discovered Kindles, or someone proselytized them, and they learned of the *magic* of Kindling. But now, by necessity, these former bookish, non-techie-types are finding perforce that they must maintenance the thing by means of technology.

So here we have people who have spent years mostly reading (yay!), but who stumble around in the cyberworld. Yes, I think in these cases, tracking is a GOOD thing!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:32:49 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
The OP does not mean you should track every thread you read, just those where you have asked a question. After your question is answered, then you can stop tracking it. As said above, too many start a discussion and never return.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:35:53 AM PDT
Or don't know HOW to find their thread again.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 5:44:39 AM PDT
Debi says:
One could always set up a separate email for Amazon only. I don't have one here, but I do have one for the board I moderate on. Keeps my basic email clutter free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:49:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2014 5:50:33 AM PDT
That's what I have; when I first opened my Amazon account, I first opened a new webmail account. Before I had a Fire, it was kind of a pain to have to remember to open that separate account each day, but now with the centralized email app, ALL of my emails end up in the same place.

ETA: But they're grouped, so I can ignore all the Amazon ones if I want to, or all the community/public ones, etc...

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 5:49:38 AM PDT
Or post their questions in completely unrelated zombie threads that they can never find again, before, or after, starting new threads.

This is all why it's rarely a bad idea to get acclimated before *demanding* immediate HELP with a capital H followed by seventeen exclamation marks.

But, of course, we all know the effectiveness of threads such as this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:51:43 AM PDT
Right? If they don't bother to even read the actual thread they blarfghpk in, why would they open (or even see) a thread title with tips?

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 5:57:23 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I have never tracked a thread.

But I manage to find you all anyway!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:59:43 AM PDT
That's just it, this has been tried before. Similar threads full of useful forum tips crop up every holiday season, graduation/Mother's/Father's Day, and nearing release dates of new devices. It's anybody's guess whether they get opened at all by the people who do need the information therein but what we do know is that their replies are rarely in the "hey, thanks" category.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 6:19:31 AM PDT
And OMG if whatever it is angers you, pisses you off, disgusts you and/makes you want to throw something out the window, in the trash, in the swimming pool, and you feel the need to express or exclaim that; well, don't expect replies filled with sweetness and light. Many replies you do get are likely from folks who are laughing.

No one here regularly works for Amazon. No one here is obligated in any way to even attempt to help. The people here who give freely of their time and expertise owe you nothing but do be aware that some sign of appreciation goes a long, long way, especially if there's a remote possibility that you'll need help again at a later date.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:23:50 AM PDT
It is interesting -- do people really anticipate their vitriol will be met with, "OhEmGEE! Totally!" ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:34:06 AM PDT
I've wondered that, myself. Personally, I think some of them expect us to be thanking them because they've pointed out to us some feature, function, system, method, process, whatever, that we're all, you know, too stewpit to realize is evil.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 6:41:36 AM PDT
Brewingbiker says:
By the same token, when a newbie asks a question and someone gives a smart-alec remark instead of being helpful, you can hardly expect them to feel welcome or even be kind in return.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:51:10 AM PDT
Toby John says:
It depends almost entirely on *how* the question is asked. If there is indeed an actual question, that is actually asked, as opposed to an all-caps, foot-stompy rant.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:53:24 AM PDT
It's aaaaalllll in the tone. If someone comes in with, for example: "...I'm so mad about this issue because practically none of my Kindle books are able to be loaned!!! It's such an amazing rip off...",

...they will be responded to in kind. When people come in with, "I'm so confused about __________! Can someone help me figure out where I'm going wrong?", people here will turn out by the handsful to try to help them.

It's all in the presentation.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 6:55:07 AM PDT
Brewingbiker says:
Not arguing that. But who among us hasn't seen snarky comments about a legitimate newbie question? Plenty of dingalings just posting to complain (and they deserve like-comments).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:56:10 AM PDT
Toby John says:
It's the thrill of "I'm posting it because I caaaaan! (And you can't stop me)." So, yes, much of the time forum posters can't prevent a post or a poster from expressing themselves, but then, the poster also has no say in people's opinions of what they said. Sur-PRISE!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:01:34 AM PDT
That's what's funny.

OP: *Obnoxious Blast*
Replies: Giving back same.
OP: "I can't believe how mean you are."

OP can puke up whatever's stuck in their craw, and that's fine. But then they seem to *ONLY* want sympathetic answers. Well, sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:05:19 AM PDT
"Well, sorry."

Oh, the irony.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:07:23 AM PDT
Toby John says:
"Mean" is the new black. Or bully. Or mean is the new bully. Or bully is the new mean. The words have become interchangeable to many, and meaningless to most, due to the continuous indiscriminate tossing hither and yon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:10:22 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
Actually, if we are talking interpretations of 'mean' and 'bully', don't forget that they also mean 'someone who disagrees with me.' O.o

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:12:17 AM PDT
My kids and I were just talking about this yesterday. My (adult) daughter and I were explaining to my son (10) this exact phenomenon. Just because someone doesn't like you, or even if they're rude to you does not make it bullying.

Of course, I made the point that I don't want him to be rude to anyone, and I expect him to be kind whenever possible, because it's the right thing to do. But I also want him to understand that every perceived slight cannot be called "bullying". I'm very tired of that word.
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