At least at this web site.
I just got the following email, subject : Hello from a republican blogger and Pajamas Media guy
I came across your site through the Pajamas Media site.
My blog is the [snipped to protect the guilty].
If you feel it is of a high quality, please consider a link or blogroll exchange.
Also, I get a decent amount (not Pajama-sized!) of traffic, in case you have anything
you would like to promote.
[snipped to protect the guilty]
Let’s start with the subject line. I’m not a “republican blogger,” and anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time would know it. I’m guessing that if he came to the blog at all, it was only to get my email address. So it cuts no mustard with me to be informed that somone else is a “republican blogger.”
Next, no one addresses me as “Simberg” except spammers and trolls. Either use the honorific, or my first name.
Now there are general rules for how to get a link, none of which this guy followed. One of them is to read the blog for a while, so that you know what the interests are. A second is to send a permalink to some particular post that might be of interest to that blog’s readers, based on the prefatory reading. A no-no is to just say, “hey, here’s my blog.”
But here’s where the real joy comes. Just to do the guy a favor, I googled and replied with a copy of the rules for getting a link from Instapundit (though they’re generally applicable to other blogs, including this one) of which the two above are a subset.
And what do I get for my trouble? This:
I apologize for this automatic reply to your email.
To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand.
If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience.
Click the link below to fill out the request:
So, he sends me an email, but doesn’t bother to whitelist me to allow me to reply, instead expecting me to take the trouble to go to his site to do it myself, just so that I can provide him with useful information (while he’s provided me with nothing except a clueless request for a link). I’m all for blocking spam, but if you’re going to send someone an email and expect a response, I think it rude to make someone have to go through machinations in order to do so. Why isn’t this stupid anti-spam software set up to do that automatically? Anyone you send email to should be automatically white listed.
Anyway, rather than doing that, I decided to simply document it here, on the off chance that someone else will be educated, and perhaps avoid such things in the future.
[Monday morning update]
I have a follow-up post based on some comments.