Jim Schutze, who among other things has been named the Best Muckraker in Dallas by D Magazine, sent out this brilliant email recently:
SUBJECT: Email BankruptcyI am totally stealing this idea the next time I get back from vacation.
BODY: I have been out of the office for a couple weeks and regret that I must declare email bankruptcy. This means that I am deleting everything in my in-box. I hate to be a pest, but if you have sent me something important recently, would you mind resending it? Doing so will help me work my way back to email solvency, and I will be forever in your debt. In fact, if too many people help me in this way, I will be in too much email debt, and then ... you already know what happens.