|Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2002 - 08:46 pm: ||
Goodday Andrew & other collector/researchers --here are copies of letters I sent to Nathanael & Sim---I'm sure I'll hear from you if I'm out of line. Larry Healey
Goodday Nathanael In regard to your quiry about Daimler engines---I & others took the time to research,answer,scan & reply to your quiry--in return you don't have the courtesy to even acknowledge this help! Larry Healey
Goodday Sim I answered your quiry back on April 21 on oldmarineengine.com --I would think it common courtesy that you would have replied back by now! Larry Healey
|Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2002 - 10:21 pm: ||
I can relate to what you are saying...
I send out a large number of emails every day... most in response to questions from the OldMarineEngine or the MarineEngine site. I help people find parts, service, literature, etc. Very often directing them to other sites and resources to help them with what they need. It is a very small minority that reply with thanks or acknowledgement.
So... after having done this for a couple of years I have begun to take the attitude that I am pleased and suprised when someone thanks me... but consider it normal if they don't.
I think there are a couple of reasons why this occurs... most are related to the Internet itself. Many of the people using email somehow feel that the Internet is removed from the common courtesy that occurs elsewhere, I actually think that some people don't even associate an email response with the efforts of a real person... and some just aren't very proficient with the Internet and email and can't manange to send a reply. Others of course are just people that would not think to acknowledge the efforts of someone who helped them even if it was in person or over the phone. An added complication with a discussion board like this is that it is quite possible for someone to come to the board, post a question, and then loose the address or just forget to ever come back to the board to see if anyone answered the question.
One approach to consider is the idea that "the teacher always learns more than the student", and that by helping someone else you will ultimately gain the most. The people in this hobby (and probably almost every other endevour) that are the most knowledgable are the ones that have helped others the most.
Thank you Larry for the help and information that you have provided... and I hope you will keep doing it!
|Posted on Monday, May 06, 2002 - 08:13 pm: ||
Andrew has it correct Larry - the teacher always comes away from a help situtation with a greater understanding of the subject than the student. My experience, which ranges from teaching other Marines how to fly helicopters to answering questions on this forum, has taught me that the effort put into looking up a fact or relating an experience to someone else makes me a little bit more sure of myself and that, unfortunately, is sometimes the only reward.
But balancing the negatives are the countless times that I have been thanked and the feeling that evokes is worth all the other hassle. Don't be discouraged by the few boors out there. Keep a positive attitude. This is a really great forum.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 - 11:57 am: ||
|Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 - 08:19 pm: ||
Goodday again As the former publisher of antique gas engine & tractor magazine (1979-80--eleven issues before I almost went into a home from fatigue)I am well aware of what you wrote--I just don't like to let them get off easy! ! Ms Sim Salata wrote back saying she had computer problems & didn't get the message & was unaware that the answers would go to the forum & not her--Glad she cleared that up! All the comments were appreciated! "All the best" Larry