A Romenesko reader sends this autoreply from ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas. (My correspondent says the email response shows an “overblown sense self-importance.”) My question: Why are you still tweeting this week, Owen?
Thanks for sending me an email, but … you really should be doing something else with your time.
I’m on vacation, returning to the office on December 29, 2014.
If this is about CES, I’m not going. Please stop wasting your time.
If this is a news pitch, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t email me. I’m ReadWrite’s editor-in-chief. I’ve got plenty to do. I’m not sitting around waiting for you to pitch me news. Send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have this nifty new system from Zendesk so we can sort through your pitches there as a team. Still, we will probably ditch your pitch, unless it’s really amazing. If you think your pitch is amazing, you’re probably wrong. But keep on dreaming the dream!
If this is some kind of massive editorial emergency, email David Hamilton at email@example.com. Your pitch or guest post is not an emergency.
Update: Thomas sends this email:
I’m spending an hour of my vacation clearing my inbox out of all the countless bad pitches that inspired my vacation responder, and I caught your note. Hope you’re having a great holiday!
I am delighted that my out-of-office autoreply offended one of your readers. It clearly hit its target.
Here’s a reaction I got from another correspondent with an actual sense of humor:
“One of the Best Out of Office’s ever. Happy Holidays!”
— drew olanoff (@drew) December 22, 2014