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Re: AUP/autoresponders, rehashed
Jo Rhett wrote:
On Jun 12, 2007, at 6:02 PM, Martin Hannigan wrote:You act on an issue that affects about 5 people once every 2 years and you ignore the massive overload on the list of off topic posting?
Is ignoring 6-12 messages really that hard? I can't imagine that anyone on this list really ignores less than 60 emails daily. Yes, if a machine could know what is a waste of your time, it would save a fraction of human time that it takes to press the next button. But if a machine could know that, I can think of a lot better ways I'd task it.
However, a tremendous amount of time is wasted just by discussing these sorts of "small" problems. Plenty of people contribute to nanog daily and don't feel the need to complain about it. It seems to me, the ones who contribute in spurts sometimes separated by months seem to have to less to complain about.
That said, a very simple way to handle it is to separate your mail (whether its procmail, a separate mailbox, a + rule in your name, or what have you) to automatically catch these "horrible" autoresponders into a box that doesn't clutter your critical mail. I think that's how most of us do it.
I think someone suggests the above everytime a discussion comes up. In the spirit of "a very simple solution", everyone can be their own dictator of their own mailbox -- they don't need to protect the rest of the list, or develop a consensus for change. Just fix it for yourself. This is a time-honored NANOG tradition, at least when it comes to email.
Deepak Jain AiNET