If someone answers a question I post to a news group
by emailing me a response, should I email a thank you
I'd say this was a (n)etiquette question, rather than an "ethics"
question, but that's irrelevant (or at least semantics).
Usually when I reply to a post I will reply directly to the person
(as I have done here), as well as to the newsgroup (since I use the
incredibly wonderful email-to-news gateway provided by
"cs.utexas.edu"). I do so because I assume it will be more
conventient for the person who has asked the question (by getting a
response delivered rather than having to go look for it). However, I
do not expect that the person will write back to "thank me" for doing
If you _request_ that responses be emailed, then you might want to
drop the person a note saying you've received their response and
thank them for taking the time to do so.
I will often reply to email sent in regards to my posts because 1) it
tells the person I have received their message and 2) helps if I need
followup advice/clarification that they might be able to give.
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If I understood the man page I wouldn't have asked the question.