On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 11:43:52 -0700
Chuq Von Rospach <chuqui @
> On Thursday, August 14, 2003, at 10:55 AM, Charlie Summers wrote:
>> If you _really_ want to be polite, do NOT send out a vacation message
>> to anyone who doesn't absolutely require one. And that, I'm afraid,
>> you can NOT automate, since it requires human thought and
> And this is exactly why I stopped using a vacation bot years ago. I
> tell the people who need to know before I leave. I also don't believe
> in making it clear to the entire universe that my house and home are
> open to visitors (ahem) because I'm not there (even though we have
> people visiting and watching and sitting, depending on the trip, my
> sitters don't need that excitement, either).
Precisely, and that's why I don't use vacation bots of any form.
However there does remain a need for some sort of status communications:
I currently do/do not have time to do the following sorts of things...
be that participate in specific mailing lists, moderate, respond to
direct email, etc. Umm, isn't that what .plan files and `finger` are
for, or even their more recent incarnations as blogs?
J C Lawrence
---------(*) Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
nu He lived as a devil, eh?
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