Hi pennmedic. I wanted to reply to your latest question but if I do, it will appear to other people that you received a reply so they won't read it. That would do you a disservice.
As for your question about donations, thank you very much for your past donations, but think of them as a tip, not a requirement. It's true, you are less likely to get a quality reply the first time without a donation but that's not the reason. Most of us put a lot of time into researching solutions, then we type for quite a while. About half the people who don't make a donation never respond back or have relatively simple questions that are already resolved. When someone posts a second time, we know it won't be a waste of time to do a lot of research and typing.
When someone makes a donation, it shows they are going to remain involved in finding a solution to a difficult problem. It lets us know we won't be wasting our time. People tend to value something less if it's free, but isn't it neat that you CAN ask a question without being held hostage for bucks. By making a previous donation, we know you aren't going to disappear.
Some people make donations after the problem is solved. That's why we try to answer as many questions as possible as correctly and quickly as possible. I would like to spend as much time with other questions, but just in my specialty areas, that means reading over 200 new questions each day. I have to pick those that I think can do the most good in the least amount of time.
Hope that clears things up. I wish I could answer your last post, but I'm a genius in other areas. :)
Thanks bunches for visiting us and giving us the chance to help.
Friday, March 12th, 2010 AT 9:15 PM