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ethan (3163)

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Being a 25-year old chap living in the western-most town of Germany. Stuying communication and information science and being a huge fan of XS-related things.

Journal of ethan (3163)

Sunday September 07, 2003
04:08 AM

stupid autoresponders

[ #14556 ]

Oh, I hate that:

        I will be out of the office starting 09/01/2003 and will not return until

        I will respond to your message when I return.

The thing is, those autoresponders seem to take anything between one minute and one week to respond so I have no idea to which of my mails the above is referring to. Clearly it must be from some mailing-list (where I always cc my mail to the OP).

People using such autoresponders when being subscribed to mailing-lists should be unsubscribed (or preferably: shot or sent to the moon).

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  • merlyn [] does this, but not only when he is on vacation, but once every month you happen to reply to a thread he has been involved with.
    • Ah, good you warned me.

      Well, Randal, you heard it: no more CCs from me. :-)
    • I respond monthly with a FAQ-pointer to non-bulk email that has my name explicitly in the headers, and always reply from a distinct email address that's trivial to filter.

      Note the four conditions. Also note that it's not what was claimed.

      I am still not clear about why having a FAQ-pointer response to mail addressed directly to me that appears only once a month is considered harmful. It's not list mail. It's only direct mail. You don't want it? Fine. Remove my name from the header of the p5p email,

      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
      • Also note that it's not what was claimed.

        Right, it isn't. Note that I was stupid: Since I never so far received any of these FAQ-pointers (and Arthur mentioned it in the context of vacation-autoresponders), I somehow deduced that you'd send out mails telling people about your vacational status.

        Glad to hear you don't. :-)
  • I get these from time to time. They aren't filtering on "bulk" like they should. I always ensure that they get booted from the lists.

    Interesting that there's a parallel thread here to my own properly-constructed autoreponder. {grin}

    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge