waimea saidSo I did a rather interesting experiment. I hot listed 40 guys in a row in matter of two days, and so far the reply that I got back was 5 and it's been about two days already. That's really low reply rate. So obviously it is a common practice that RJers don't say thank you after you hotlist them. So next time don't get all butthurt if you don't get a thank you message. Most people don't say thank you. Just go "meh" and move on.
To be honest, I don't really expect anyone to say anything about being hotlisted. I don't even expect them to say anything to compliments made about their photos. HOWEVER when they don't even open the automatic message, the comment doesn't get posted (or so I understand)...so that's a little bit discouraging.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter: in the greater scheme of things, while it's always a little nice to have the interaction, at the end of the day you can't put conditions on courtesy...and even if you could, would you really want to?