Thanks so much for writing this!
Ghosting is really my number one pet peeve. Actually, it makes me downright sad about the state of the professional culture we've created!
There are situations in which I think it's somewhat understandable. Maybe you could just send a cold email and the client's inundated. In that case: whatever!
The ones that bother me (sadly, I've seen this plenty of times, like waaay too many times) is the clients that ghost you after you've had some form of decent contact.
Maybe a phone call. Or maybe (again, this bothers me more) after you've taken an hour or two out of your day to put together a proposal on request.
If our rates / budget are misaligned that's totally fine. But please have the courtesy to just drop an email explaining that.
I don't think there's much justification for this behavior. We differ on this in that I don't chase down the ghosters. If they've shown indifference about courtesy, then I've lost interest in pursuing them. Unless they have a really good reason. But they should still get back to me first - and say sorry :-)