I have a submitted a paper to a peer-reviewed top journal. It is in the second review round and as far as it seems, it will be accepted. I am considering to write an "acknowledgments" section (after the conclusion) in which I thank those researchers with whom I corresponded and whose work I cite. It would be five researchers of four teams. The correspondences were just 1-2 e-mails in each case, so I think it is not required of me to acknowledge those correspondences, but it might be nice to do so.
However, for this question, I would like to disregard the "nice-ness" and ethical aspects and focus on the "self-marketing" aspect: How does it make me look if I mention those five researchers? Does it look more like I am a good collaborator with a pro-active attitude, who gets in touch with people without being shy? Or does it make me look like I am someone who is not able to get stuff done himself, asking other to do his work for him?
Or missing something else that I should consider?
The text I am considering is
We thank [...] for the fruitful correspondence by answering the questions we had regarding their respective work. We thank [...] for the provision of their respective code.
The reason I am writing the acknowledgement only now is because now the page limit is not an issue anymore, while it was for the first submission.