"Thank You" Replies.

posted November 10th, 2010
I know this is probably a silly question, but I see that a lot of people reply to the comments on their photos with various forms of "thank yous". First, I would like to say that I am VERY thankful for any & all comments that I receive (as I'm sure everyone is). I haven't really used the reply button to just say thanks on my photos to everyone though. I, personally, do not mind when I get a notification that someone mentioned me in a comment that just says thanks, but I worry that people may get frustrated going back to one of my photos just to see "thank you". Does that make sense?

So, I'm wondering how everyone feels.... If you are someone that comments on a LOT of photos each day, do you like seeing all of the thank yous people reply to you on their shots? Sometimes I'll have 40 or 50 notifications that someone has mentioned me in a comment, & I will just assume that most of them say thank you, and while I appreciate their thankfulness, I do not open each photo again to read it. I hope that doesn't sound mean.

I feel so silly for asking this, because I feel like of course people like receiving a "thank you", but I feel like it would just get repetitive, so I wanted to ask. I feel stuck in the middle... I want to say thank you SO much for comments and critiques, but then I don't want to add to repetition if it's bothersome. I don't know.... I did not sleep well and am just rambling, but honestly - what do ya think?
posted November 10th, 2010
Hehe, I know what you mean Nicole, it's one of those things that goes 50/50 I reckon. For as many situations as it'd be appreciated for a @reply "thank you" there'd be as many where it wouldn't. I try to keep mine to a minimum, mind, just because... I don't know!
posted November 10th, 2010
I usually don't have time to thank each person individually so I post one big thank you to everyone! Then I "try" and go comment on their photo too.
posted November 10th, 2010
I know exactly where you are coming from. Sometimes I do find it repetitive when my notifications are just "thank you" but I also find it nice that people are thanking me for my comments..............

I try to write more than just the word "thank you" when I reply to people but it isn't always possible and sometimes "thank you" is all that is needed.

Very confusing!!
posted November 10th, 2010
i thank people when they give very specific feedback or comment in a particularly original way.
posted November 10th, 2010
I think a "thank you" is a nice acknowledgement and I appreciate getting one when I comment on a photo, but I also just presume that others appreciate my comments (as I do theirs) so I am certainly not looking for a "thank you" and am not disgruntled if I don't get one. I do try to post a "thank you" occasionally if one of my photos gets a comparatively large amount of attention . . . but I'd rather make a reciprocal comment on someone else's photo to show my appreciation . . . probably didn't help at all did it!?! LOL!
posted November 10th, 2010
I am extremely thankful for all comments and views I get, but I agree thanking for every comment is probably not optimal in the long run, so personally I tend to do it if I get a very specific comment that "craves" an answer, or maybe as a generic thank you directed at ALL comments if I get extra many comments on a photo.
posted November 10th, 2010
I do try to thank everyone who comments on my photos, but I don't get upset if people don't thank me for my comments. I guess I kinda figure it's your project, do what you please. I like to thank people for feedback, but I certainly don't expect in return, nor do I think someone is rude if they don't do it. :)

And thank you. ;)
posted November 10th, 2010
I agree with you on everything you just said!!! I hope everyone knows I am VERY thankful of every comment--but I don't use the reply button unless I have something specific to say.
posted November 10th, 2010
I try to do what Karen does and go comment on all the photos that I can.I just dont have time to do both on a steady basis.
posted November 10th, 2010
I do not expect a thank you for every comment I leave. I am always appreciative of comments and compliments but I only reply when I have something specific to comment on.
posted November 10th, 2010
I don't usually say thank you unless I specifically reply to a comment, because I prefer not to comment on my own pictures. Even when I do, I seldom tag the people ('reply' directly to them) just to spare them from getting too many notifications and losing ones about actual comments or whatever.
posted November 10th, 2010
@iridecentburden Thank goodness you have notified us of this. I had not idea that when I thanked someone they received a notification of this - how boring for them. I haven't received one such notification and yet I see that I am included in the various thanks that I took to be 365 culture. Also, it was so exciting to get the comments that I genuinely wanted to thank people ....but not fill up their in boxes - is this actually what happens? That would be very boring. maybe need to review what I do. thanks for bringing this to our attention - really helpful. But can you confirm that the thank yous do actually get sent to people's email in box?
posted November 10th, 2010
@miranda I think only comments on photos go to your email, not conversations or thank you's, they only seem to go to notifications. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

I generally thank everyone when they comment on my photo's but I'm not concerned if they don't go look at my photo again to see a "thanks". In saying that I also don't mind if I don't get a thank you for commenting, I just like to let people know that I am grateful for them taking their time to comment on my photo and if most times the only way to do that is to say a simple thank you, then so be it. :-)
posted November 10th, 2010
Couldn't agree with you more! Let's all just assume everyone really appreciates the comments and save the time it takes to actually do it every time :) I like to reply when someone asks a question or says something specific but then I feel bad that I don't reply to the rest. Oy vay!!
posted November 10th, 2010
I know what you mean, I do find it annoying sometimes, but I understand that people just like to give thank yous (and give themselves more pageviews XD)
I usually save replies for questions or to have a conversation
posted November 11th, 2010
I try to say thankyou when I can to people have commented because I really appreciate that they have taken the time to do this on my photo. I don't get to do it all the time and try to thank a few people at once. On the other hand if I have left a comment, I don't expect a reply and I don't get all upset that they haven't thanked me. Everyone is different in the way they approach 365 and that is what makes the site interesting and fun!!
posted November 11th, 2010
I think all the thanks = more work and it is why some people who really feel they need to thank everyone are getting burnt out...
posted November 11th, 2010
THANKS everyone (hehe) for your responses. I'm glad to know that I'm not alone. I do add an overall thank you to some of my posts but, like most of you, I prefer to leave the reply button to specific questions and/or conversations. Once again, though, I AM very very thankful to anyone that takes times to even view my photos... with or without leaving a comment. :)
posted November 12th, 2010
Thank you, Nicole, for bringing this up! I think it is understood that we all appreciate comments on our photos. I usually don't say "thank you" with the reply button unless I have something specific to say. I feel it is a burden to people to have to come back only to see a thank you...well, I don't mean to say that I don't like a thank you, but I prefer to reciprocate and show my thanks by going to their album (I try, but, as we know, life gets busy!) and commenting on their photos.
@sarethephotos -- is that true? do they get more page views when I come back to see the comments? I wonder about this because one day when I posted what was obviously not an interesting thumbnail, I had a long conversation with a friend where she kept coming back and responding to my comments, and my "views" stayed the same....

Let me take this time to say I really do appreciate when people take time to look and comment on my photos! Thank you 365 people! ♥ ♥ ♥
posted November 12th, 2010
@ellen
I don't think people do it as a means of making more page views, but it would make sense that it would add to the page views. I sort of assumed there :P
posted November 12th, 2010
I hardly get any replies and can always say thank you to each person that leaves a comment but if for some reason I ever started to get more comments, I can see how "thank you" comments might be very repetitive. Maybe just a general "thanks everyone" would be fine without hitting the reply button, unless of course you had something specific that you wanted to say to a specific person, then hitting the rply for that one person.
posted November 12th, 2010
@iridecentburden Ahem, you didn't even tag anyone for that 'thanks' :P
posted November 12th, 2010
@indiannie_jones Hahah, that's funny..... My apologies - what EVER was I thinking? :)
posted November 12th, 2010
@ellen - No... it doesn't add to page views. Ross has said that before. Each user only counts as 1 view no matter how many times they refresh or re-visit the photo. So, if you have 83 views on one of your photos - it's actually 83 people that have viewed. Does that make sense?

@miranda The notifications don't go to the person's e-mail... just the notification box on this website. Sorry I was confusing. :)
posted December 30th, 2011
I don't expect everyone to thank me for my comments left on their posts. But, I personally, want to be courteous to those who have taken the time to even leave a comment on one of my posts and thank them for it. I try to do individual thanks but, sometimes, in a crunch for time I have to do a group thanks. I believe it's a matter of personal choice and everyone is different. I have set my email notificiations to NOT notify me of comments, since when I open the 365 page, it gives me all of those anyhow! Those are options, too! Thank God we still have choices we can make vs. the alternative!
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