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Old 08 January 2019, 01:55 PM
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Crash Who here has heard of "Inbox Infinity"?

Here's the Atlantic article: https://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...finity/579673/

In the author's opinion, this approach is better than the unachievable goal of a completely empty Inbox.
I can agree with that--I get so many emails, both personal and professional. It's easy enough to delete the ones I don't need/don't apply to me, but a completely empty Inbox is a Sisyphean task.
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Old 08 January 2019, 02:11 PM
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I read the headline as "inbox infidelity," and wondered whether it was about people who carry on affairs via email.

Or possibly people who have two email addresses, one of which is secret from the other.

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Old 08 January 2019, 02:33 PM
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Do we really need names for everything? Can't we just tell people that they shouldn't try to always empty their inbox if it is causing them stress?
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Old 08 January 2019, 03:25 PM
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Do we really need names for everything?

Yes! Everything has to have a catchy name--makes its identification much easier.
Hmmm, we might want to set aside a whole month for this one.
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Old 08 January 2019, 04:14 PM
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Catchy Name Syndrome (CNS) is a major concern in our society, since it allows media to quickly let you know that there is something else for you to pay attention to, and hopefully feel bad about. Please help us to cure CNS by sending oodles of cash.

But yeah, just use a good filter. Or unsubscribe to email senders. My wife gets hundreds of emails a day, but won't use filters since "there might be something important", then misses real emails from actual humans since it was buried among hundreds of ads.
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Old 08 January 2019, 05:22 PM
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I think the author is a freelancer, and speaks of other freelancers having similar problems. I can see not being able to easily filter the emails coming in in that situation, and having lots of emails coming in that may need a glance to see if they require opening or response.

I just started a project of trying to manage my inbox at work, and I have some of the issues she talks about.

I already practice "inbox infinity" with my personal email. Because the emails are previewed in my phone notifications, if I don't need to do anything with it, I swipe away the notification, which does not open or delete the email. If I do need to respond, I usually do so pretty quickly. So I have an enormous amount of unread emails in my inbox. But they don't cause any issues, and I don't tend to have anxiety about them.
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Old 08 January 2019, 05:50 PM
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Catchy Name Syndrome (CNS) is a major concern in our society, since it allows media to quickly let you know that there is something else for you to pay attention to, and hopefully feel bad about. Please help us to cure CNS by sending oodles of cash.
And we know it's not real until it has a TLA.
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Old 08 January 2019, 02:43 PM
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Surely most of the author's 400 e-mails a day are spam, or at least recurs with certain patterns that would make it easier to sort out the chaff? Does she not have a spam filter? Has she not heard of things like auto-filtering (so that, say, the routine bank statements/auto-pay receipt notification/whatever don't clobber the inbox)?

I get it can be hard, but it's harder when you're not taking full advantage of the technology. Seriously, she writes mockingly of "strange rituals" that the "inbox zero" folks are supposed to engage in, but never once do the words "filter" or "spam" appear in her diatribe. What qualifies her to even write this article, other than being terrible at managing her correspondence? Does she have to encourage others to do the same?

Absolutely terrible.

IMHO.

But if you tell me what your desired end state is, I could probably make a case for her "solution" being objectively terrible, unless the desired end state is frustration and/or miscommunication.
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