From: Kate Distin (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 28 Jan 2006 - 16:27:09 GMT
Keith Henson wrote:
> At 07:29 PM 1/27/2006 -0500, Keith wrote:
>> First, you need to analyze human behaviors
> I am curious about something. My postings rarely get follow ups, and
> not just here.
> Among the reasons . . . .
> The postings are clear and so obvious nobody has a comment.
> The postings are so unclear or esoteric that nobody can make sense of them.
> I am not just fishing for compliments, I am really in the dark.
> Keith Henson
OK I clearly have too much time on my hands . . . but this was such an
honest and heartfelt post that I just had to investigate. According to
the list archives you've posted about 100 times since the start of 2005,
getting replies almost exactly 50% of the time. That didn't strike me
as "rarely" getting follow-ups, but having nothing to compare it against
I looked back at my own postings - about 120 in the same period, of
which about 2/3 had replies. Bearing in mind that the bulk of my
initial postings were about my book (newly published and dead relevant
to the list, so almost bound to provoke replies), and that some of my
recent postings have offered little more than target practice (!) I'd
expect to have had a slightly skewed result for my own postings during
this period. I got bored after checking 220 postings for replies,
unsurprisingly, so haven't analysed anyone else's. In summary, though,
I don't think that you do get noticeably fewer follow ups than anyone else.
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