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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

My email archive doesn’t contain spam. It does contain 33,871 emails. And I don’t think I’m alone.

I’m certainly not a prolific emailer. I do send more than President Clinstone, but not a huge many – I’d say I’m probably a fairly average user of email. Yet, in the last month, I’ve received in excess of 1,000 non-spam emails.

Not all of them are personal, of course. The majority are newsletter subscriptions, or the hundreds I am sent every month by people from uni, usually advertising houses in a different part of the country to me. Not helpful, but not really spam.

In the same period last year, I received 292 emails. So my volume of non-spam email has more than tripled in the last year. If this trend continues, my email inbox is going to become completely unmanagable.

So instead of presenting my emails most-recent first, why not invent a ‘rate this email’ feature, much like the ‘rate this song’ feature on music websites, so that my webmail system can learn what’s important to me, and present that first, and adverts for pub crawls last?

Now there’s a thought.

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