Email, minus the insanity

The best way to contact me is to drop an email to oscar at my domain dot org. Response time “tends to be an exponential function of message length” (in the words quoted by Frank Stajano).

Before emailing me however, please read the rest of this page!. I may silently ignore your message if you don’t (and I will be able to tell if you didn’t).

The email charter

Although it would not hurt to read it, here’s the short version: keep it simple and get to the point. Write clear and concise messages, avoid surplus/spurious attachments (e.g. logos!), recipients, and of course, surplus/spurious emails themselves.

Also, please take special notice of point number 8 of the charter, “Give these Gifts: EOM and NNTR”:

If your email message can be expressed in half a dozen words, just put it in the subject line, followed by EOM (= End of Message). This saves the recipient having to actually open the message. Ending a note with “No need to respond” or NNTR, is a wonderful act of generosity. Many acronyms confuse as much as help, but these two are golden and deserve wide adoption.

HTML & attachments

I strongly dislike HTML email and attachments in proprietary formats (specially MS Word and PowerPoint!!). Sending me such things is guaranteed to make me less prone to write a reply.

A word about encryption

Email encryption is one royal pain in the arse. There is no doubt about it. But in this 2.0 world of ours, where everyone, including myself, uses and abuses of “the cloud”, encryption is more necessary than ever. If for no other reason, then at least because in the end, «there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer».

If you know how to use PGP, here are my keys.

With these caveats out of the way…

… do feel free to get in touch! :-)