[conspire] I get mail

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Wed Oct 8 15:00:01 PDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 02:09:20PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> 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...
> :r  /usr/share/procmail-lib/response-auto.txt
>   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
>   helpdesk.
>   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 

As a pharmaicst I write directions and interpret them for others all day

I suggest putting in large letters in the middle of the message.


Its like


Just asume they are both blind and dumb.


> ...and then decide to send a _second_ inquiry to my direct mailbox anyway.
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"> I'm an engineer. I choose the best tool for the job, politics be damned.<
You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt.  I guess you missed that one."

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