Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Administrivia: "spam blockers"

Here's a new Pew Lady rule:

If you write me—especially using the email link on the left—don't you dare block my reply via a spam blocker.

For example:

I received an email from a reader. When I replied, I received the following:

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:

Fine. I can—sorta—understand this. Sorta. (I mean, why write me without giving me an avenue to reply? Duh.)

But here's the kicker:

When I dutifully (I'm nothing if not dutiful) clicked on the "link," I was greeted with the following:

ERROR: Unable to process Allowed Sender request.

We're sorry. Because your original message to the recipient is no longer available, we cannot process this Allowed Sender request. Your message may have expired, or the recipient may have accepted or deleted it. You may wish to resend your original message, and check your email shortly thereafter for a new Allowed Sender Request message.

If the recipient chooses to allow email from your address, the message(s) that have been intercepted will be delivered immediately, and any future messages will be delivered without delay.

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.