Because of size?
Because of subject?
Because they have been written at unsuitable time?
What do you think?
What do you guess?
What is your suggestion?
I am writing with regard to Bruce's important issue. I want to thank him for bestowing his invaluable time here. In spite of my admiration for money-oriented thought, I think we cannot measure all the things with this scale, specially, when the emotional issues are concerned.
Insofar as correcting a notebook is concerned, I guess many persons who write their notebooks here, have or have had their real languages class in their hometown. But they have preferred to write down their own notebooks here. They unwillingly and unintentionally want to take one step in globalization. I feel, all of us are here to forget the traditional distance like political distance, religious distance, age, territory … even language. Maybe we are looking for some things in common and the same language is one of them. In a sense, maybe someone emphasize learning new language, gratis or by spending money.
On the other hand, we know in our heart, a teacher have a sacred position. All of us admire our teachers in our privacy. They are the architects of our personality. I strongly believe that nobody chose this holy job only for money. It involves kindness, patient and love students. We never can buy these matters. All I want to say is that a money-oriented teacher cannot be a good teacher. Although we must not think if we pay some money to a real teacher, we compensate him/her for all his/her works. Their activity is really worthful.
Apart from the reasons mentioned in Peachey's link, there's a very simple answer as well: Not many people here even bother correcting notebook entries. I for one don't. I simply don't have the time. Perhaps I would if that person happens to be a friend but I don't have friends here, I just like to check and stay up to date on what's going on with people learning languages. Check if anything interesting is being asked and answer the few questions about Dutch that pop up, since it's pretty rare that people want to learn Dutch and I'd like to encourage them.
Now, the thing is, most people here are writing English notebook entries so it's like a massive pool of notebooks and there's a limited number of native English speakers willing to go through all that for free. What Leyla said in her post is related to that. If you write a non-English notebook-entry or ask a question then it's going to be answered more quickly and by more people. Why? Because the ratio of those learning and "teaching" is different.
Another thing might be that those who speak English don't want to answer the same questions over and over. I mean, the question section is fairly repetitive. Even in different languages I have to say. There are quite a few people learning Mandarin and there are a lot of similar questions in there as well. For a small language like Dutch that's not really the case (yet) but I can see how it can stop people from even trying.
And then of course it could be that since there are quite a few native English speakers here they might all expect someone else to answer the question. For small languages you can often be the first to answer, which just feels better. We all secretly want to be that helpful but if your native language is English then it's probably not going to happen that often.
I'd like to continue by addressing the revisions of long responses on italki but before I do that I would like Bruce's point about "legitimate right to ask why".
The original question of this thread, as far as I can see, is not, ""Why have you not edited by Notebook Entry?" but "Why many NOTEBOOKs don't be corrected by anybody?"
Let me first correct dear Khosro's English.
"Why do many notebooks go uncorrected?"
"Why are some notebooks corrected by many reviewrers while others are not corrected even once."
"What specific conditions tend to cause a notebook to go uncorrected?"
or something to this effect.
Unless money is exchanged in some in form of contract no one as a legitimate right to ask why someone might not correct a notebook?? (I am paraphrasing)... This statement makes me so sad. I don't even know where to begin and can already tell from the way that my mind is racing that I will regret something that I am about to say or at least the way I will say it.. yet my fingers continue to clack at these keys (all ten of them). Ok.. a side joke. :)
to be contined due to length
Although some members on italki make revisions to make money or in the hopes of making connections that will bring them money, many members are here for other reasons. Where do I even begin?
English is an international language. Native speakers who have the time and knowledge to help others learn our language should feel honored to do so; I want to go so far as to say that we have a responsibility to do so if we can manage it. The world is not fair. I am constantly reminded of this. So let's even the playing field as much as we can. I am so glad that I speak fluent English even though it is not the language of my ancestors because it allows me to more freely choose what languages I want to learn. (Sadly, I do not speak the language of my ethnic ancestors, but that just further proves my point.) Actually, speaking English seems to allow us native English speakers to choose NOT to learn another language yet still get along well internationally as monolinguists.
I want to get off of this soap box. I won't have the energy or time to write about "reviewing long essays" if I continue this way.
I agree with HLRN's opinion about the difference between notebook entries and answers. Basically, it is very hard to have your English notebook entries corrected, but still it is much more popular to answer English questions.
A lot of people around the world are learning English, but total number of native speakers isn't so large. I think the situation is the same here, in a small world.
On the other hand, there are so many English entries and questions - about eight times as many as Spanish or Chinese, the second most popular language.
How about having language partners? I don't think it is a very good thing to want random people to correct your academic writing. You need someone with a similar academic backgraound.