Well I read somewhere that it was better to pm and ask before sending a strait up proposal.
This is true.
I also read to check when people logged in and everyone had logged in that day.
Also good advice.
I was offering Thebes for Carson city.
I also offered cave troll and cash for stronghold.
I assume you're checking what the trader wants in trade. I'm also assuming you're offering $20-$30 for this trade.
First. If they don't answer back and you know they were on today, move on. A trade probably isn't going to happen. It might, and you'll be pleasantly surprise, but move on to Plan B.
The problem I see in the Cave Troll + $$ for Stronghold is Cave Troll is a 6.2 game and Stronghold is a 7.4 game. Stronghold has 553 geeks wanting and only 84 geeks trading. Cave Troll has 230 geeks trading and only 98 wanting.
Even if your guy says he wants Cave Troll, it probably isn't for Stronghold. Even for money. Reason being Stronghold is soooo wanted, he can wait for a higher ranked and rarer game.
Do I wish everybody answered Trade Scouts? I think 90% of geeks do. We've all been where you're at. Just keep at it.