Member Rara Avis
How about an opposing opinion?
I see three different attitudes on this issue. I see the people who never go back and thank those who have responded to their work, and I think that's a little sad. This place thrives on interaction and dialog, and I feel it's just plain nice to voice a simple thank you. I also see people who withhold their thank you's as long as they can, trying to catch their poem when it's already at the top, because they feel guilty when they thank everyone - knowing they are bumping their poem whenever they do. And, of course, there is the third group, those who try to manipulate the system and use thank you's to keep their poetry at the top as long as possible. The new unbump feature was implemented so no one need feel guilty for saying thank you and otherwise keeping the dialog flowing. It has the added side-effect of thwarting those few who would manipulate the system. I only wish it could also encourage the more silent among us to step forward, but hey, two out of three ain't too shabby.
I certainly agree with you, Marina, when you express a concern that the forums move too quickly and some of the extraordinary poetry gets shuffled to the back. But that's really the whole point. Thank you's are important and I want to do everything I can to encourage them. But are they as important as the poetry? I can understand you want others to know you thanked them, and I sincerely hope everyone is reading "deep" enough to find your thank you. But for your thank you to move to the top, that means a poem MUST drop off the end. And, personally, I don't think that a better solution.