I read Daniel Scocco's post today, Anyone Else Find Automated Email Replies Useless? and I totally agree.
These are the kind of automated responses I don't like:
- I email you about something.
- I immediately get an (automated) email from you telling me you get tons of emails and can't respond to each of them personally but you really value mine.
- It's still unclear to me whether or not I'll hear from you eventually.
I do think an exception would be if you're away (on vacation or on a trip) and won't be checking email for an extended period of time.
If you have a website, consider putting a note on your contact page letting your readers know you might not be able to answer their emails personally.
What do you think? Do automated email responses bother you? Do you like them? What alternative(s) would you suggest?