Am wondering whether anything at all can be done about the large number of people who ask a question without following the topic - and then just disappear, never to be heard of again!
Sadly I am not technically savvy enough to answer most of the questions posed on here, but on the rare occasions I have spotted a question I might perhaps know the answer to, I really enjoy trying to assist. It is always good to have an opportunity to help others and often it enables me to learn new stuff too. I am however getting very discouraged now, as many people just do not bother to reply (something that I am aware annoys even the real experts on here). I do recognise that sometimes something else crops up in people's lives and they simply forget (it even happened to me once, quite a few years ago now). What is really extremely annoying though is the fact that so many of them have not even subscribed to the topic, so that there is no indication that they have even read the attempt to help them - and any reminder posted would probably have zero chance of reaching them!
Is there any possibility that the 'follow this topic' issue could be dealt with differently on here? I don't know what is possible...... maybe everyone could automatically be subscribed to topics they themselves have started? If not, then maybe everybody who comments on a topic could automatically be subscribed to it, with the option to unsubscribe later if required (at the moment, I think there is an option in the settings in which you can choose whether to be automatically subscribed or not).
At the very least - if none of the above is possible - could a really prominent message be included on every forum telling people how to subscribe and why it is strongly recommended that they do so?
In the meantime, I have now decided that I am never again going to respond to anybody who has not subscribed to the topic. It is a shame for me, as it seems that the people posing the kind of not-too-complicated questions that I might be able to answer are just the ones who do not bother to subscribe to the topic!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.