|A small rant....
||[Nov. 28th, 2003|10:11 pm]
Apparently, someone thinks I'm too confrontational about wanting people not to waste my time. I have so many sites, and it NEVER fails that there has to be numerous people who write to me with really stupid, pointless requests/comments/questions and expect me to stop what I'm doing and reply. I don't like ignoring people, and if I do, it's most likely by mistake. Even when I get eMails from people asking something stupid like, "What year did Monty Python start?" I stop what I'm doing, go to Google.com and look it up for them. They can do it just as easily, but they'd rather have someone else do it for them.|
So, when I'm sitting here ALL night updating my Python sites and I get these "waste of time" eMails, they add up and they get on my nerves because I have to stop coding my site and mess with the eMails. Worst case scenerio, my computer freezes while doing this and I lose what I was working on. And it's been several times that that's happened. But people don't care.
So, to save time, I put little comments on my sites. Things like, "If you haven't signed the guestbook and you expect me to send you a dozen video files, then don't even bother wasting my time." And if I have an eMail form for ERRORS only, I have to put a thing saying not to waste my time with silly questions and comments. Is that wrong? Is it wrong to think people will use the form just to hit "send" and let it show up in my in-box as a blank eMail? Is it wrong that I see "Error" in my subject heading and think I have an error to fix and it turns out to be something like, "Nice site" that could have been posted on the tagboard (since that's what it's there for)? It wastes my time. It's not MY fault some people can't read where it says "only use this form for errors" and they send other things.
This doesn't mean I expect everyone to leave me alone, not eMail me at all, never send me a message on AIM, etc. I'm not asking people to leave me alone and never talk to me! If I meant that, I would have said "NEVER contact me about anything!"
I don't know why people are so bent about following simple directions and then they act like I'm over-reacting when I try and make things more detailed so they know what to do. If YOU know how to fill out a form and how to ask a question in a normal manner without being a jerk about it, then yay! Way to go for being able to follow directions. But other people need more detailed instructions. Don't take them personally. If you don't need them, skip them. But I can't just keep my simple "eMail errors to me" instructions on dozens of sites because I get tons of mail that are NOT errors when they should be, and it adds up to a lot of wasted time.
If thigns like that scare you off, then so be it. But I make sites for other people to look at and I have the right not to waste time answering stupid questions and having to ban people from posting offending things on my tagboard, etc. I try to keep things working nicely so everyone is comfortable and I get criticized for trying to save myself from people who can't follow directions. Very nice.
This is the stuff that makes making websites NOT fun. And yes, I take things very personally, considering I'd do anything for anyone and people think I'm some rude stand-offish person. Ug.