Read This First
Some of my writings may be controversial for you.
That's good. My opinions do not necessarily have to
match yours otherwise this would be a dull world.
If you are reading this, one of my articles got a
reaction from you. This is good too. At least, I got
you to think about another opinion. Mine.
If You Wish to Write to Me
I like getting fan email. They're not only fun to read
but it is gratifying to know people are reading my articles,
finding them informative and even using them!
I also enjoy getting different viewpoints from other
people too if they are thoughtful and informed.
It encourages me to write more.
However, I get other types of email which
is pretty useless. A waste of energy for the
sender as well as for me, the receiver.
This is getting to be one of my pet peeves.
In case you're wondering why I never replied to
your brilliant refutation or desperate plea for information,
your email message probably fell into one of
the categories below:
If your message is not in one of the above categories, you have
greatly increased your chances that I will reply to you.
- People who don't really READ the article.
I spend a great deal of time writing these articles.
This includes gathering and verifying information, writing
the actual text, editing the text (lots of editing!),
making it aesthetically pleasing in HTML, uploading the
file(s), verifying links, etc. It is disconcerting to hear
from some lazy ass requesting a summary of information
without bothering to READ it first.
Why take the time to write an email message to me if you
haven't even read the article in question?
why should I take the time to read your message and reply to you?
I can't say how many times people ask me for information which
is already cited in the article. Or say something which obviously
indicates they never read it.
This is just plain laziness.
If you really read my article, the odds are your question has
already been answered.
- People who want me to do their homework.
These people never read my articles, just the headline.
This really surprises me since the Web is the greatest thing
to quickly grab information and get it spoonfed to you.
I especially like messages where the homework is due the next day.
I am not your Web tutor. Do your own searches, research,
readings and summaries.
However, I am open to cash offers.
- People who want to remain anonymous.
It would be rude not to identify yourself over the phone.
Why do some people think it's OK to do so over email? Especially, if
you are responding to something I wrote?! The really clever ones
try to spoof their return email address. That won't work.
I can still find you!
These messages automatically get ignored as they are written
by the gutless. Life's too short to waste time with flakey people.
- People who argue illogically.
Some people are so clueless, I don't know where to begin!
If you don't hear from me, oh well.
Send email to Al!