On the subtle art of getting in touch

Email. The best way to contact me is to drop an email to (fill in the blanks and dots):

oscar blank randomwalk dot eu

While I like receiving thoughtful and interesting emails, I am only (one) human. Hence response time, however annoyingly, «tends to be an exponential function of message length».1 Writing properly helps make the curve less steep.

↪ Before emailing me, please read the rest of this page. Especially if I don’t know you!

I may silently ignore your message if you don’t (and I will be able to tell from your message if you didn’t).

Rule number 1. Here is the first rule of the now defunct Email Charter,2 the very first principle:

Respect Recipients’ Time. This is the fundamental rule. As the message sender, the onus is on YOU to minimize the time your email will take to process. Even if it means taking more time at your end before sending.

I expect all my correspondents to honour it.

Two other things to keep in mind:

Beyond email. I sparingly use github and twitter, but other attempts to find me on so-called “social media” are futile. But moderate use of these is as far as I go. Below is just one of the reasons why (Snowden dixit):

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.

The irony of saying such a thing on Twitter is not lost on me; but that does not diminish its truth. But while social media is lacking, here’s some other stuff.

With the above caveats out of the way… do feel free to get in touch! :-)

  1. In the words quoted by Frank Stajano.

  2. It used to be found at http://www.emailcharter.org/.