Date of publication: 2017-08-26 17:39
Last, and not least, this sort of followup helps everybody who assisted feel a satisfying sense of closure, about the problem. If you aren't a techie or hacker, yourself, trust us: This feeling is very important to the gurus and experts you tapped for help. Problem narratives trailing off into unresolved nothingness are frustrating things hackers itch to see them resolved. The goodwill scratching that itch earns you will be very, very helpful to you, next time you need to pose a question.
If you need instruction in the basics of how personal computers, Unix, and the Internet work, see The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO.
Arguing that Bombadil is a nature spirit is more difficult: doing so involves inventing a whole new class of beings that Tolkien never mentioned in canonical texts. There is some support for doing so , however: Tolkien once wrote that no tale can show "the whole picture", and that Bombadil gave a glimpse of something outside the main story. The idea that he is a nature spirit comes in part from an early letter where Tolkien called him "the spirit of the (vanishing) Oxford and Berkshire countryside" , in part from Galdor's statement at the Council of Elrond equating his power with that of "the earth itself", and in part from general considerations.
For popular software like Linux, there are at least 65,555 users per developer. It's just not possible for one person to handle the support calls from over 65,555 users. Remember, even if you must pay for support, you're still paying much less than if you'd needed to buy the software as well (and support for closed-source software is usually more expensive and less competent than support for open-source software).
However, if you're sure your question is non-trivial, and you get no answer in the "user" list/forum for several days, try the "developer" one. You would be well advised to lurk there for a few days, before posting, to learn the local folkways. (Actually, this is good advice on any private or semi-private list.)
What we are, unapologetically, is hostile to people who seem to be unwilling to think or to do their own homework before asking questions. People like that are time sinks: They take without giving back, and they waste time we could have spent on another question more interesting and another person more worthy of an answer. We call people like this "losers" (and, for historical reasons, sometimes spell it "lusers").
Your followup needn't be long and involved a simple "Howdy it was a failed network cable! Thanks, everyone. - Bill" would be better than nothing. In fact, a short and sweet summary is better than a long dissertation, unless the solution has real technical depth. Say what action solved the problem, but you need not replay the whole troubleshooting sequence.
You shouldn't be offended by this by hacker standards, he or she's showing you a rough kind of respect simply by not ignoring you. You should instead thank that person for grandmotherly kindness.