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I get many, many emails a day. I can't respond to all of them. If you want me to respond to yours, here's a guide. These aren't rigid rules, but they're generalizations that have arisen as I've begun to get so much mail. None of these are me being a hardass or stickler; they're pretty realistic judgments given my time constraints.
Emails I will respond to:
- Short emails with a dedicated purpose.
- Emails with takes I've never heard before.
- Messages with donations, which I'll read on the podcast or respond to via email depending on the message. (Paypal, Bitcoin, Patreon)
Emails I will happily read, but may not be able to respond to:
- Long, meandering multi-paragraph personal anecdotes about how you found my channel and how much you appreciate it.
- Recommendations for programs, books or something else.
Emails I will ignore:
- Tech questions not relevant to what I do.
- Tech questions that could be resolved by a basic read of the manual or documentation.
- Emails asking about something out of my realm of expertise.
- Emails written in some fancy encoding to look "professional", but don't show up on a basic mail reader like mutt. This isn't just because I use a terminal email client, but because emails encoding correlates strongly with vapidity of content. Plaintext emails are always enough. I won't immediately trash all HTML emails, but if I can't read them immediately, I won't try.
Emails I will ignore and whose sender I will block:
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- Sponsorhip requests from people who don't know my channel. No, I'm not going to review on my channel your garbage proprietary software that only runs on Windows. If you want me to do a review of a product for payment, you better understand my channel and audience and you should also know that I'm "picky" when it comes to consumerism, so you shouldn't expect any positive review.
- Obvious doxxing attempts and emails from anti-fascists. You would think this wouldn't happen seeing that I'm already as doxxed as humanly possible, but it does because we're talking about NPCs here.