People are able
to reply in Survivor Stories but the forum guidelines discourage it for
the reasons Mike mentioned. So it's a bit confusing.
Also people can read the stories & respond to them in another forum like this one unless a person doesn't want feedback, which I guess they would need to put in their story post. But perhaps since people know they aren't supposed
to respond to the stories in the Story forum they
think they can't respond anywhere else or don't make the effort to or I'm afraid don't even read the stories.
John, WTG on letting us know your feelings!
And thanks for sharing your story.