By sheer acts of curious link following, I ended up today learning about Warnock’s Dilemma via Classy’s Kitchen:
Warnock’s Dilemma is the situation you face when people don’t comment on your postings:
The problem with no response is that there are five possible interpretations:
1. The post is correct, well-written information that needs no follow-up commentary. There’s nothing more to say except “Yeah, what he said.”
2. The post is complete and utter nonsense, and no one wants to waste the energy or bandwidth to even point this out.
3. No one read the post, for whatever reason.
4. No one understood the post, but won’t ask for clarification, for whatever reason.
5. No one cares about the post, for whatever reason.
I am sure I mostly write in the regions of 2,4, and 5.
The variant is the irony when you labor over a post that you feel strongly ought to elicit a response and gets little (that is Wanock’s) and you write something totally silly without any forethought, and the responses come tumbling in.
Don’t get me wrong, I will drink up feedback like a thirsty dog no matter how/where/why it comes. And I am more than ever confirmed that there is little more re-inforcing on writing than getting an unexpected contact, a pat on the back, even a challenge from “out there”, from someone you’ve not met before. Do not ever undervalue the power of public comments (except from spammers).