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A reminder of my email change

In an effort to prioritize and clean up my flood of incoming email, a while back I announced an important change: I’ve partitioned my email so everything sent to [email protected] (my university email account) is handled on one machine, and general messages are dealt with at [email protected] My university email account is intended ONLY for work email, so if you send stuff there and your address doesn’t end in “umn.edu” or “hhmi.org” or something similarly specific, it’s going to get shunted off into a slush folder and I’ll deal with it once I’ve managed all the other official stuff that piles up, i.e., probably about never.

If you send it to [email protected], there’s no guarantee I’ll get to it quickly, but at least it doesn’t get immediately drop-kicked into a deep dark pit of neglect first. So, really, if you aren’t one of my high-priority students, or a colleague, or a university or grant administrator, don’t try to contact me at the umn.edu address.

I’m only mentioning this because my umn.edu account’s black hole seems to be getting larger and larger, and I’m becoming increasingly reluctant to look in there and try to rescue any messages. I might never escape.

Comments

  1. F says

    Blackhole it for real, and you won’t ever need to think about it again. Or have the mail bounced so people stop sending pointless packets through the umm networks.

  2. left0ver1under says

    PZ:

    Could you ask other FtB bloggers to post their email addresses? It’s their choice whether to do it, but there are good reasons why readers might need to use it:

    * People have questions that don’t pertain to blog posts.

    * People have blog topic suggestions or want to forward items.

    * People have comments that the blogger might appreciate but some/most readers may not. Better to speak privately than to start a flame war.

    Among other reasons. Also, not everybody uses facebook or twitter, so those aren’t always options for contacting people.

  3. zmidponk says

    You know, reading this from FireFox with NoScript on makes funny reading:

    In an effort to prioritize and clean up my flood of incoming email, a while back I announced an important change: I’ve partitioned my email so everything sent to [email protected] (my university email account) is handled on one machine, and general messages are dealt with at [email protected] My university email account is intended ONLY for work email, so if you send stuff there and your address doesn’t end in “umn.edu” or “hhmi.org” or something similarly specific, it’s going to get shunted off into a slush folder and I’ll deal with it once I’ve managed all the other official stuff that piles up, i.e., probably about never.

    If you send it to [email protected], there’s no guarantee I’ll get to it quickly, but at least it doesn’t get immediately drop-kicked into a deep dark pit of neglect first. So, really, if you aren’t one of my high-priority students, or a colleague, or a university or grant administrator, don’t try to contact me at the umn.edu address.

    So, If I would want to email you cat pictures, just to annoy you, should I email you at [email protected] or [email protected], or should I try your third, secret email at [email protected]? :P

  4. A. R says

    Hmmm, I have a .edu address. Perhaps OI could sell it to DI so they can spam PZ! /bad humor

  5. khms says

    NoScript blanking out email addresses? Why would it do so? In any case, I never noticed any relevant setting. Are you sure it’s NoScript?

  6. zmidponk says

    khms:

    NoScript blanking out email addresses? Why would it do so? In any case, I never noticed any relevant setting. Are you sure it’s NoScript?

    Well, put it this way – as soon as I tell it to ‘allow all this page’, the email addresses are suddenly there. I think it’s because PZ has used a thingamedoodad (technical term) to make it harder for bots to harvest his email addresses from the page.