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Fred insisted on something, then I did the correct thing. I want to say a thank to him in a public comment (many people can read it).

Thank Fred for your insistence.

Fred, thank you for your insistence.

Which one is good?

  • Without more context it's hard to give a sensible answer to your question. Are you referring to social media, a letter to a newspaper or similar, or what? Although many people might be able to read it, would it make any sense to them? – Ronald Sole May 16 '18 at 10:50
  • "Insistence" or "assistance"? I think "assistance" is more likely. – Andrew May 16 '18 at 17:12
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First of all, the correct form for your first structure is

Thanks to Fred for his insistence

Notice the 's' in Thanks, the particle "to" and the possesive "his".

Both of them are correct. Their use depends on your intentions.

Thanks to Fred for

This one is ment to be directed to an audience, a group of people. You are trying to be grateful to Fred so that they recognize Fred's contribution to your work, you are somehow sharing with him the honour. I'd use this one in your case.

Fred, thank you for

This one is ment to adress Fred directly. You may or not be in front of an audience. In the second case, usually you are pointing to that person and the TV camera is centered in him.

EDITED with alternative offered by @Andrew

You can also use Thanks, Fred, for your insistence to address Fred in a public comment.

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    It's not wrong to address Fred directly in a public comment, "Thanks, Fred, for your assistance." Your answer suggests this would be incorrect, and that OP should only address Fred in the third person. – Andrew May 16 '18 at 14:47
  • @Andrew Is there any difference between "Fred, thank you" and "Thanks, Fred"? [Not being ironic] – RubioRic May 16 '18 at 14:50
  • In my opinion, "thanks" is more informal, but nevertheless common at least in the U.S. – Andrew May 16 '18 at 16:56
  • @Andrew You have edited my text but OP was talking about "insistence" and not "assistance". I changed your comment to make it consisten with the rest. – RubioRic May 16 '18 at 17:08
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    Sorry, you're right. I expect that's OP's mistake, though. It would be weird to thank someone for their insistence. – Andrew May 16 '18 at 17:11

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