danah boyd, a wonderful friend who normally cannot have her iPhone or Sidekick out of her hands for 2 minutes, has taken a email sabbatical. Below is the entirely danah-esque reply I got when I sent her an email. She did a great blog posting on her email sabbatical and how it annoys people.
Ironically, I was emailing to ask for her new postal address!
::wave:: I’m danah’s email bot.
I’m here to tell you that danah is off celebrating the completion of her PhD without the Internet or email. She will be gone until January 19 and decided to take an email sabbatical. This means that no emails received during her vacation will be stored, including your message. In other words, she will NOT receive your message. It won’t be waiting for her because I’ve been instructed to throw everything away so that she can come home to a little less stress.
If you feel as though your message is still relevant post-Jan 19, you should email her again then. If it is uber urgent and you know how, contact her mother or brother.
For good reason, danah believes that a vacation is spoiled by coming home to an inbox that is a mile high filled with requests for things to do. When danah returns, she will be starting a new job and she wants to be at her best without such a crazy backlog. For more information on danah’s email sabbatical philosophy, check out her blog.
I apologize for danah’s quirkiness. She’s definitely an odd duck. But it’s been a rough race to the dissertation finish line and I think that she deserves a proper break from the world. I hope you do too.
— “taken out of context i must seem so strange” —