[conspire] I get mail
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Oct 8 14:09:20 PDT 2008
Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):
> Obviously you know you can automate this response message with procmail.
I might not have been clear on this: I _did_ automate responses using
an autoresponder I cobbled together as a procmail recipe. The essay's
mailto: link for me has, for some years now, gone to that autoresponder,
rather than directly to me.
This is one of those "special" people who read the autoresponder text...
Thanks for your mail about "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way".
As a reminder, that essay suggests (generic) ways to ensure
you're asking technical questions in the right way, in the right place.
People write back for one of two _very_ different reasons:
o Good reason: Sending feedback/suggestions to help improve the essay.
o VERY BAD reason: Asking essay co-author Rick Moen for technical help.
Guess what? 99% of such mails are for the VERY BAD type of reason.
If you're about to do that, STOP. Do something else. Anything.
Don't act like a moron: Rick Moen is _not_ your personal, private
The other 1% of you who want to discuss ways to improve "How to Ask Questions
the Smart Way", thank you! Please reach Rick at "rick at linuxmafia.com".
This is an automated e-mail. (Your mail has not reached a human.)
All replies to this mail will be auto-discarded.
Thanks! Mr. Autoresponder
...and then decide to send a _second_ inquiry to my direct mailbox anyway.
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