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How can I thank KudoZ askers for selecting my answer as the most helpful one?
Thread poster: Paz González

Paz González  Identity Verified
Chile
English to Spanish
Jun 28, 2013

Hello,

I don't know if somebody have posted something like this, but I couldn't find anything related to this subject.

I have helped in some kudoz and I have won some points for some good answers. The usual thing is that the askers give you some points if they consider that your answer is the best among others and they always say Thank you and then, they close the question and you receive an e-mail with all the information about points and thank you and etc.

I would like to say Thank you to them although I know that the question is closed. I helped them with a good answer, but they are helping me when they give me some points too. So, I would like to know how I could say thank you when they have closed their question and, I would like to know if they receive an e-mail with my gratitude in the same way that I have received an e-mail from them.

I hope you can understand my point and help me with this matter.

Paz G.


 

writeaway  Identity Verified
French to English
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Thank you for selecting my answer? Jun 28, 2013

I have never agreed with 'thanking' people for agreeing with an answer or for selecting my answer as most helpful. I may be pleased but I don't understand the need to feel gratitude. Thank you for thinking I may be correct? That may be ok for politicians but imo it's a bit out of place in the context of Kudoz answerers. I find it rude when Askers don't thank people for helping but to thank people for thinking one is correct has always seemed a bit strange. Imo.

 

Paz González  Identity Verified
Chile
English to Spanish
TOPIC STARTER
I'm just a Latin Jun 28, 2013

Hi,

Maybe my necessity is because I am a Latin American and we used to say thank you just because we feel to say that. I don't want to be rude but sometimes the culture of our countries are different and we think in a different way.

I don't want to bother anybody with this post.


 

writeaway  Identity Verified
French to English
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No bother- it's a discussion! Jun 28, 2013

Paz González wrote:

Hi,

Maybe my necessity is because I am a Latin American and we used to say thank you just because we feel to say that. I don't want to be rude but sometimes the culture of our countries are different and we think in a different way.

I don't want to bother anybody with this post.


We all have opinions and not all opinions are the same. This is just a discussion and it's no bother at all. It will be interesting to read what people think.icon_smile.gif


 

Paz González  Identity Verified
Chile
English to Spanish
TOPIC STARTER
You are right! Jun 28, 2013

It will be very interesting to read what other people think about it. Maybe it's going to be like other threads like greetings and I don't remember the other one that was good too. It all depends of the countries and culture.

 

Bernhard Sulzer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:22
English to German
+ ...
here's my take Jun 28, 2013

I don't do it often but sometimes I have thanked askers who have chosen my answer, adding a "thank you" or "you are welcome".

But I'm not thanking them so much for the points or for acknowledging the best or most correct answer because maybe it isn't (especially if hardly anyone has participated in agreeing or disagreeing), but I simply make a friendly connection with a colleague who must have thought about my answer and appreciated my efforts (I have sometimes spent quite some time finding links and reasons to support my answers).
And I assume the asker most often also spends some time looking at the answers and contemplating which one to choose.

In a sense, the asker's decision to choose my answer is like a last "agree" and I do appreciate agrees.

There are many askers who thank me for my answer and in the end don't choose it. That still says they appreciate my efforts. I have on occasion said thank you/you are welcome to them also.
Now, I never thought - does the asker actually receive my thank you note?
I usually post it as an add-on in my answer window. It's after the question is closed, so maybe staff can confirm that the asker is indeed still notified of that added thank you note.

Bernhard

[Edited at 2013-06-28 05:17 GMT]


 

svidyaj
India
Local time: 20:52
Japanese to English
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Continue to Help Jun 28, 2013

Hi,

It is really interesting to learn that you want to thank people who have given you the Kudoz points.
I think you must be given a chance to do that. As suggested here "You are Welcome" is also good.

I think the best way to thank everyone here on Proz is to continue to help each other.

Don't you think so?

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:22
Russian to English
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I agree with Writeaway. Jun 28, 2013

I think it is totally senseless to thank anybody for selecting your answer. Nobody is doing anyone any kind of favor-- they are just confirming the correctness of the phrase not anyone's ingeniousness. I would never do it. Of course it is very polite to thank people if they helped you with something.

[Edited at 2013-06-28 10:19 GMT]


 

minaahmadi  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:22
Member
Persian (Farsi) to English
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I think It is not necessary at all! Jun 28, 2013

I think it is not necessary at all. You help someone solve his problem for free. Sometimes It takes me a long time to find a good and reasonable answer, so when I get the koduz point, I think It's just a kind of compensation. There is no need to say thank you again, you have just recieved something you deserve it!
I'm not bigheaded at all, But I think it is better for the asker to say thank you besides koduz point. In my opinion It's more reasonable!


 

Marie-Helene Dubois  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:22
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
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I also agree with Writeaway Jun 28, 2013

I also find it a little odd to thank someone for agreeing with me. They either agree or they don't, they're not paying me a compliment.
I've started doing it though because, since everyone does, not doing so would probably be deemed a lack of netiquette.
I just found it decidedly weird when I first agreed with someone and they thanked me.
Yes, Kudoz means points and points mean prizes (i.e. higher ranking in the directory), but surely the big idea is to help a colleague who's stuck by sharing your knowledge/skills/research/suggestions/ideas.
Thanking people for agreeing with you and giving you points only serves to perpetuate the idea that it's all about the points... which makes me feel ever so slightly icky.


 

Lucia Leszinsky
SITE STAFF
Use the "You may add a note to your explanation" section Jun 28, 2013

Hello all,

You can thank KudoZ askers for selecting your answers as the most helpful ones by adding a 'thank you' note to your answers. This will send the asker an e-mail notification informing them that an addendum was made to an answer they selected and include not only the direct link to the question, but also a copy of the note added.

Hope this helps.

Lucia


 

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:22
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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I thank others for agreeing Jun 28, 2013

To my mind, a "thank you" is not out of place in such circumstances, given that the agreeing party has taken the time to concern him/herself with the question.

I generally limit myself to agreeing only when I have a fairly strong conviction about the correctness of a suggestion. When people "reflexively" agree with friends or with frequent responders, then "agreement" loses all meaning.


 

Paz González  Identity Verified
Chile
English to Spanish
TOPIC STARTER
It was good to read your opinion Jun 28, 2013

It was great for me to read what do you think on this matter. Some of you think completely different from what I think and this is perfect and this is the way that you are because of your culture. Some of you think like me and I got good reasons from you to keep doing it.

Bernhard, sivdyaj and Robert I learnt knew things from you and I appreciate that. As you said, not always too much is good and I also think that we always need to help each other.

Lucía, thank you for let me know how the system works in this cases.

Happy translating to all of you!


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 12:22
English to Portuguese
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That's the intent of the entire system Jun 28, 2013

You gave a good answer, the asker selected it, and you got the points. Even score, case closed.

The points cover their thanks, your thanks, and the entire Proz community's thanks, from those who might look it up in the future.

The exchange is balanced: they got the answer they were looking for; you got the points you deserved in exchange.

Now, if out of Latin politeness (I am Brazilian, so I understand it), you want to break that balance by saying "thank you", they'll feel an urge to say "thank you for thanking me" to restore that balance. Then you'll want to say say "thank you for thanking me for having thanked you". And so on. This will never end!


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:22
French to English
Me neither Jun 28, 2013

I never thank people for agreeing with me. Some people do, but I don't find it necessary.
Conversely, I have also noted some people get upset if someone disagrees with them, and express that with aggressive comments.
The idea of agree/neutral/disagree is to help the Asker in making a decision about how valid a particular suggestion might be. If a number of peers consider the answer to be right, then that gives more weight to the answer.
A neutral or a disagree, with explanations as to why, can help fine tune a suggestion, or indeed make the person who made the suggestion modify his answer to find the right term or even make him consider that his suggestion is wrong altogether.
Sometimes the explanations put forward are extremely helpful, but the suggested term is not. The reverse is also true. I have seen correct terms posted with explanations which are off track.
Whatever...
I don't think it is a Latin thing either. Thanking people for agreeing with you in the context of KudoZ seems beside the point.


 
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