I wonder if it is possible for FAA to write code to have a "Thumbs Up" icon/link so when we artists get lots and lots of praise and compliments, we can just click "Like" or "Thumbs Up" to reply to the person making the compliment. Seems to me this would be a much simpler solution to "Thanking" people. Time is of the essence and I feel sure a lot of us, me including, don't have the time to reply by stating "Thank you, I appreciate it . . ." to every compliment that comes our way. It's not that we don't care. We do. If the "compliment" is detailed enough, then a valid statement of appreciation would be appropriate for whoever decides to respond back.
I appreciate feedback on this topic and perhaps FAA can consider the idea. Thanks, - George
Well then, FAA needs to code in that on every comment made we get an notification. I see on those occasional weekly emails that I had 15 + or - comments and I go and say thanks. But they also never know that I did OR didnt say thanks so it may be "nice" but nobody notices so it really means very little.
This board is an antique ;) I'd lobby for migration to a more modern forum software. I know, not a priority, not an easy project, not gonna happen any time soon. I see both sides on this one. Who really checks to see if they received the proverbial thank you? I suppose the extra social types might. Building a notification system beyond what we already have seems like a stretch. That said, a personal thank you is always nice. I also see the point that if someone receives a ton of comments they may not have the time to thank each and every one.
Yeah, I like the built-in "activity" interface and the Behind the Scenes page FAA has already. It's quite functional. FWIW, I was referring to FAA sending additional notification emails to those that received a thank you from the artist for a comment when I mentioned: "building a notification system beyond what you already have seems like a stretch".
You don't do that do you? I wouldn't expect that you do.
I also like the emails you already send us saying we have a new comment on our work. Jeff mentioned an occasional weekly email but I seem to get them more like daily if someone commented. I don't know how you compile them before they are sent but that's what I have seen in my short time here.
That said, the system you have pretty easy for someone to thank all the comments on the image with a single thank you.
"It's so easy to see who commented on your work, or who said, 'thank you', on work you commented on. "
I think Jeff's point is that when we thank someone for their comment on our image they will most likely never know because the system doesn't notify them that their comment was responded to. I always thank people for their comments on my images but I doubt many are aware of it. Whether that really matters or not I don't know.
Abbie was referring to here where you can see if someone thanked you, but the comments disappear from this area after 5 days. So you do kinda-sorta get "notified", you just need to make a habit of checking it.
Is it not true that a lot of folks on here make comments in hopes of return comments? I would think so. It does make a bit more sense than looking for thank you replies. I guess it's like a derby of some sorts...lol.
I think some folks are addicted to the rush they get from seeing those comments pile up. Plus it looks good on their pages with all of those "great stuff" accolades. I got less and less of a rush after about 2005... Comments are still nice though, selling or licensing is obviously way better. I guess comments may have some affect on your visibility in search though.
Don, that notification in the activity stream is to tell you that a comment has been made on your image only. The system does not notify anybody that their comment has been replied to.
Oh, I get what you are talking about now, you have that one box checked. I've never checked that box, I bet hardly anybody ever does. It still stand that the system doesn't automatically notify anybody that their comment was replied to, you know like every other social media does on the internet.
I try to thank every commenter.
I never check back to see whether another artist has thanked me for commenting on his or her image.
I occasionally check back to see whether another artist has responded to a comment I made on his or her image IF I thought the comment would elicit a response. This is very rare but I do have a few friends here who actually go back and forth with me in the comment chain occasionally.
But I have to say I do notice artists who never thank anyone. Even on a "lots of comments" day, it only takes me maybe 10 minutes to respond to each commenter; it would take only about 2 minutes if I did nothing but paste "Thank you." into each reply, but if a commenter has made any kind of a "special comment" (iow other than 'Congratulations on the sale' or some other canned comment), I try to reply in kind.
Maybe some people get 100 times as many comments per day than I do - I maybe get 5-20, depending. I can afford 10 minutes or less to be polite . . . even if no one else is going to notice.
I work a fulltime job like many here and taking the 20 minutes to go and do that is more than I usually manage in a day. I stop in and see if there is a sale and then stop in here and see what people are talking about.
The discussion is the only place I have found out about free shipping (until Sean posted the schedule this year) but if there is an update or a system problem, i wont notice it because I dont have time to sit and chat here. There is only 30-100 active artists with a rare pop-up of a new one with a question about selling/marketing.
This is out of what, 10,000? Most people dont spend much time on the site or dont spend time in discussions.
I tend not to look at the site (activity page) for comments either. Too many steps. I go to the pixels app and will, (when time allows) see who commented and comment on theirs from there... why is it at almost 60 life seems to be speeding up and not slowing down?
But the person I want to thank is the buyer from Harrison OH who just bought two prints... that would be the upgrade I would want to the system... our buyers knowing how much the artist who created the art, appreciates the buyer... just saying... now I'm gone agine...
....and adding a small thank you card to the order that references a link to the artist's site would be cool too. It's done elsewhere and adds about $1 to the cost paid by the artist.
I've not yet ordered a print from here so I am not sure what type of advertising and/or marketing materials FAA has sent with the fulfillments. I am guessing something that shows FAA and not the individual artist on FAA.
With the ability to add products from multiple artists to the cart on FAA I realize the buyer could receive multiple cards on an order. On pixels sites and custom domains multiple cards would not apply.
I agree with you. Suppose you post a new image and get 10 compliments over the course of a week or so. For every compliment, if you were to go in and "Thank" every individual for their praise, it would double the length of the comments section posted below your image. How many thumbnails of your Avatar (face) would show in comparison to the others that prompted the "Thank Yous"? I see that as excessive and overkill. If people are not going to check to see if you thanked them for their praise, why not just post one all inclusive "Thank You" to all that complimented your work. I believe everyone knows that we appreciate praise from others. That is a given. After all, we do like some recognition. It's built into our DNA. If patting each other on the back generates sales, then I am all for it.
I used to spend a couple hours a week responding to comments. Then I took an informal poll on the boards and the consensus was that the large majority of commentators never bothered to look to see if they got a response. I don't respond anymore, there are better things to do with those couple hours.
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