Sue Anderson wrote:
Hi Gesine, This is a great idea; we all like to get fan mail
. And now, I have a question; how do we return a thank you to a non Librivoxer who has thanked us for a reading?
It seems like it would be the friendly thing to do.
Since you just sent me a link to a letter I received, I am appending my thank you back to Kevin W. hoping you'll be kind enough to forward it to him. Maybe with encouragement, some of our fan mail writers will join Librivox and start volunteering too!
Glad you like the new feature. I've had lots of positive feedback from readers about the notification PMs - I think most of them wouldn't have seen the feedback, had it not been for those.
I've just updated the thank you wiki page
where the process is explained. I put a note there to say that, while we never publish thankers last names or email addresses, we will privately pass on the thankers' email address to the thankee if s/he wants to respond, esp. if there are questions (if the thankers do no want this, they have to say so in their email). Obviously, email addresses thus passed on to readers should not be passed on to third parties, or used for any purpose other than respond to the thank you message.
Thankers all receive a quick note back from the admin on 'thank you email duty' to thank them for their message, and to answer any questions.
But, as I've just told one reader: in most cases, there is certainly no expectation of a reply, and it's perfectly okay just to sit back, and enjoy having the thank yous trickling (or pouring, in some cases) in!
Hope this clarifies the issue. (Sue, if you'd still like to send the message to Kevin, please drop me a PM and I'll forward his email address).