One step below the concern troll

You, too, may have heard from this curious entity:

An open note to the person who keeps e-mailing me to ask if I am the “site manager.” Yes, I am. I am getting your e-mails. But I am loath to respond without more detail — I get so much spam that I am fearful this is just an attempt to verify that my e-mail address is “live” by some bot. The e-mails are far too general for me to want to respond to them. If you really are offering something I might want, you will give me more detail.

How often is something you might want offered in unsolicited email? Choose one:

  1. Once in a blue moon
  2. Once in a great while
  3. Once in a lifetime
  4. If I live to be a thousand I’ll never see it


I do not accept ads, nor do I pay for “guest” posts (I’ve never had a guest post, paid or not. I might consider letting an actual friend do a guest post, but not a stranger). So most likely what you are looking for, you will be disappointed. (I occasionally get people e-mailing me and asking me to hire them to write a post for my blog. Uh-huh. Good luck with that career.)

I used to reply to these characters on a regular basis. As the volume of requests increased, my desire to be nice to them diminished. (I have — literally — twenty thousand posts here. Do I look like I’m hard up for material?)


  1. LeeAnn »

    19 February 2013 · 6:47 am

    I used to get those sort of “offers” from time to time. Usually from .ru, which always puzzled me because I stopped going out with Ru years ago.
    Once I did answer, telling the sender the “site manager” was dead and this was now a zombie-based publication. Then I consigned all further efforts to the spam bin.

  2. McGehee »

    19 February 2013 · 7:19 am

    I get one of those maybe twice a year. The second-to-last one got a humorous reply in which I asked several grand per page view and 30% of gross sales. He took it well and went on his way.

    The one I got since then I round-filed without a second thought.

  3. fillyjonk »

    19 February 2013 · 7:33 am

    I like that idea, LeeAnn. I may have to put it in play if the personbot e-mails me again.

    I suppose blocking the e-mail address in question is easier, if potentially less fun.

  4. Roger Green »

    19 February 2013 · 8:54 am

    I get them now and then. I even allowed a couple – not on my main site, mind you – but even that became too much of a hassle.

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    19 February 2013 · 6:21 pm

    There’s a parallel universe out there in web land, except it has no parallels to the one we operate in. There are no rules, there is no rational thought or discussion, there is only robo-generated stuff accessed by trolls and more bots. Calling it a parallel universe is a misnomer. It is more like we inhabit a microcosm of the unthinking world wide web, kind of like planet earth in our real universe.

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