I've been 'on-line' since the mid 80's. back then you had to have some substantial knowledge to fire up your 300 baud modem, dial it out long distance, and 'touch' someone.....
get yerself confused on the stop bit and you be stopped alright . . .
>>people who never come back
there are people who never knew they were here; they cannot 'come back' - they know not where they were, or in what 'format' they were in. not everybody who can click a mouse has the experience to 'know' about message boards.
to wit: "Hi I'm Newbie Gnu, and I need to know . . . my email is . . ."
like this is a "tech service" thing . . .
one must just have to go with the flow, and be not so upset. some of the most valuable / helpful / knowledgeable people I've met on-line started out precisely that way - I know, I was there.
and,,,, I admit to shortening my efforts responding to such freshman - based entirely on the suspicion that it is all in vain, they never find their way back.
>>never ending posts
definitely. to wit the reply to a four year old post - where the original poster never returned, even.
should I have my way with the world, all threads older than a year (ah,, pick a number...whatever, something "old") would automatically be locked.
>>answers, no questions
a bit narrow minded methinks. I'm not a professional - I just cook multiple times a day and having a serious interest in the topic, I have a limited number of questions. most of the time I do my own experiments seeking the ultimate enlightenment....
meanwhile, keep in mind a question/problem may hit a very tender note with somebody who has already 'solved' the problem and is willing to share their learning. since I have no formal / book learning, I can only share what I've experienced / learned first hand comma "for real"
>>vague / undefined posts/questions
makes you wonder, no?
master, what is the meaning of life?
can you email me that?