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Dear Instructables Management,

There is an all too common phenomenon of authors who publish their projects and then NEVER reply back to enquirers.

I`ve sent a message to  https://www.instructables.com/member/palladias/ without any reply from her.  I need to understand something from her project.  So how do I solve this.

In another case a person has been waiting for 10 (TEN) MONTHS and still no reply.


It just seems to me that authors are looking for the limelight and then disappear.  NOT ACCEPTABLE.



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Kiteman (author)2017-04-24

Authors are independent people, and the site cannot force them to reply.

As others have said, there are many valid reasons why they do not reply, from the mundane to the distressing.

If you are in great need, you can look at their profile to see if they have other ways of being contacted (they may have listed a website or Twitter handle). Otherwise, if the question could be answered by another member, you can go to the Answers section and ask a question (making sure to include a link to the relevant project).

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liquidhandwash (author)2017-04-24

There are many reasons why an an author wont reply, most of them are not malicious. The author could be dead for example. Sometimes the instructables email notification doesn't work, or they have changed email address and are just not aware of your question.

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Yonatan24 (author)liquidhandwash2017-04-24

..Or they just don't want to answer...

I've had someone reply to a comment that I left on his orangeboard after over a year so there still is hope...

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