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There are some people whose emails I always want to read - parents, partners, daughter, close friends. There are some people whose emails it is important for me to read - my PPCs, my treasurer, my council group leader, stuff from work, or from region. Maybe 1% of the email I get falls into both of those categories; 95% of the email I get does not fall into either one.

I use gmail labels extensively, and this has worked very well for me. So, while I was in Devon, I put the vacation responder on. I'd seen other people do it. How hard could it be?

The reaction of most people not covered by the two categories above (hereinafter referred to as "those on the list") was astounding to me. Huge numbers of them seemed to take the vacation responder as a reason to send me MORE email. Whereas the people on the list, they generally sent me less email. So the overall effect of vacation responder was to increase the amount of crap and decrease the amount of nice and/or useful email.

Now perhaps I shouldn't have said "Don't worry, I'll be checking my email when I get back" but "if you email me during this time it will be automatically deleted and you'll have to send it again when I come back so don't bother". Perhaps I should have used the vacation responder in conjunction with actually turning email notifications off - but then I would have missed the ones I actually wanted, or were important for me to get.

Or perhaps I should just delete my entire email address and start again from scratch...

The thing is, I now have an inbox full of shite I don't want, have undoubtedly missed some stuff I *did* want, and am intensely annoyed, and thus I want to do something about it. I'll certainly not be using the vacation responder in the way it's currently set up again, but in general, there are decisions to be made. And this is where you come in:

Poll #15723 What Should I do About Email?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What Should I do About Email?

View Answers

Skip inbox for everyone except *list*
7 (63.6%)

Set up separate email address for people on *list*
4 (36.4%)

Kill it all with fire and move to a place where email can't get me
0 (0.0%)

Something else
0 (0.0%)



Do feel free to repond on twitter as well as in comments ;)

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 08:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I find it amusing I only realised you had the auto-responder on the morning after you got back, because I knew you were away and therefore didn't send you anything.

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
londonkds: (asshats (ann1962))
From: [personal profile] londonkds
Are we talking about actual people, or pure spam? Because if it was pure spam the autoresponse may have confirmed to them that it was an active email address that should have more sent to it.

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Have you considered asking them to stop emailing you?

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
ext_51145: (Default)
From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
I chose what I think is the best answer from those you choose, but do you not have your Gmail set up in "Priority Inbox" style? Settings -> Inbox and change the dropdown to "Priority Inbox". When you do that, your inbox splits into three sections. At the top are the emails Gmail thinks "important" based either on its algorithms (basically anything you reply to regularly, though you can mark some things as unimportant) or you marking them important. Then there's a section for emails you've starred, and then, at the bottom, is all the crap you don't care about.
So for example emails I got over the last few days from you, James, Debi, and the Mindless Ones all went in the top section, while the emails from people offering me unsuitable jobs, or alerting me about gigs I don't want to attend, fall to the bottom.

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
I tried that for a bit, and decided I didn't like it, instead I ue the "multiple inboxes" plugin and have a couple extra inboxes that display, the main one being unread notifications from SNs I sorta want to read when I'm available, like Facebook and Tumblr, but for which I don't want to read on my phone or away—that displays at the top of my web inbox, but isn't there at all on the phone or on the mobile inbox as they're autofiltered to skip inbox.

It works quite well for me but I also have multiple searchable quicklinks to clear out random stuff that does go to my inbox that I don't necessarily process, and I really need to go through all my rules to get rid of stuff I never read, etc.

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (friend)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
IMPORTANT QUESTION BEFORE I ANSWER POLL:

- Am I on *list?*

Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (muahahaha!)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
In which case - delete all those other emails. Easy.

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