Re: email volume - DIBBLELAW
Subject: Re: email volume
Date: February 26, 1998

Ron -

I've been reorganizing.  I subscribe to three lists in the -L form: these
are the ones that I want to review quickly as they come in.  Those that can
be handled immediately with a short response are handled - once.  As for the
others I quickly (1) delete, or (2) move to "Reply Needed" folder, or (3)
move to "Review Later" folder.  In other words, the In Box stays clear
without a great amount of time being expended.

For other lists where I have an interest, I subscribe in digest (-D) form
and I have set the filters on my email to send these directly to the "Review
Later" folder.  I use Internet Explorer 4.0.  (Go to TOOLS menu, click INBOX
ASSISTANT, click ADD, and fill in the blanks).

If you have an archival mind set, you might like one tip passed along by
Steve Coker.  Subscribe to both the -L and the -D modes of a list.  The -L
list is a lot easier to move through quickly; keep the -D list as an
archive.  And you're a lot more comfortable hitting the delete button if you
know you have the -D tucked away safely in the "Archive" folder.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Coker 
To: [email protected] 
Cc: [email protected] 
Date: Thursday, February 26, 1998 01:51 AM
Subject: Re: Lookups Public or Private?

>Here is another alternative that might solve your problem.
>Use an email program that allows you to setup folders and that also allows
>to create filters (aka rules) to sort the incoming mail into the
>I do this now using Netscape Messenger 4.04.  I've done it in the past
>Eudora Pro and with cc:mail.  I often receive 50-100 or more messages a day
>my home account and more at the office.  I find that I can manage them
>reasonably well with filtering.
>But, you are definitely right that its hard to read, absorb, and reply to
>many emails every day.  it takes me several hours a day when I try to do
>So, I've learned to give them a quick scan to see if its anything I need or
>to spend time on.  I've given up trying to reply to all the mail I get.
>aren't enough hours in the day to do it all.  We each have to set our own
>priorities.  The world won't come to an end if we ignore some email or
>others without reading them. One of the benefits of having access to these
>lists is that, rather than trying to read every message, we can just search
>message archives for keywords.  A few periodic searches of the message
>combined with a quick scan of the message subject lines is the compromise I
>One of the benefits of a mailing list like this is that when one person is
>busy to read or respond, there is always a chance somebody else will have
>to help.
>[email protected] wrote:

 I am a relatively new person to your list, and find it to be useful and
 informative. However, my e-mail traffic has now grown by 10 fold or more.
 takes much more time to wade through the messages. If lookup messages can
 clearly identified, I will know that potential info is marginal, and move
 through them more quickly. My alternative is to unsubscribe which is not
 I want to do since my intent is to research my family.

 Ron F. Young
 [email protected]

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