I get a lot of emails and spam comments directed at B&P (and other sites) for one reason or another.
Puzzled: I used to get 4 or 5 emails a week in the form of complaints about products ordered from the puzzle company bearing the same base name as this site but using the .com suffix. I had created a canned response giving the writer the correct email address where they could contact the people who could (I didn’t say would) solve their problem. I guess they just Google Bits and Pieces and find my contact info. The puzzle company, and many other online companies, do a pretty good job of burying their contact info. So I did some research and found the correct email address for their customer service department and put it into my canned response.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak started they must be selling a lot more puzzles because I get 3 to 5 complaints every day now. (The puzzle business must be good!) I don’t mind directing them to the right place and I even get a couple of ‘thank you’ replies, but not that many.
Guest posts: I get quite a few emails from people wanting to do a ‘guest post’ on the site. These ‘guest posts’ are almost always hyping some website, product, or niche that isn’t of general interest, or at least I don’t find them interesting. Some even offer to pay me to post them. I almost always just ignore them. Some seem to get upset that I don’t reply to their email.
Foreign Affairs: I get A LOT of spam email and comments on posts in foreign languages and contain a bunch of foreign language links. I just delete these. I get some that have been loosely translated to English. I understand if English is a second language and it’s not perfectly clear but in some cases, English must be the 8th or 9th language. Here’s an example of a comment on a post that I received this morning, apparently translated from Polish:
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It had a link to some kind of gaming site, in Poland I assume. I considered replying in an altered English, but ‘I ain’t got time for dat!
The Good Shit: Of course, I get quite a bit from readers/friends sending things that they think I’d like to share. I appreciate these submissions and do post many of them. Some I don’t because I’ve posted them recently or sometimes I just don’t understand them. I rarely reply to these submissions mainly because of the time it takes but, rest assured, I do sincerely appreciate your submissions and the time and effort it took to send them to me.