But the thing is: if you’re not a spammer—if your goal is to engage in respectful conversation with actual human beings who’ve signed up to hear from you at polite intervals—then you’d just do this:
- Delete any addresses that look super sketchy;
- Encourage anyone who feels like it—and certainly those who never signed up in the first place—to unsubscribe;
- Request email replies* from any especially enthusiastic readers, to help identify addresses that should not be deleted no matter how sketchy they look...because, wow, some of you really like to express yourselves via a wacky email handle. 🙂
Thanks for your patience as we sort this out. I look forward to connecting with you on more substantive issues next time!
*For an easy email reply that will net you a gift of sorts, feel free to just cut and paste this into a message sent to me at email@example.com:
“I heard your teenager has a turtle named Tink—and a very messy room. And that you used DALL-E to draw a cartoon of the turtle screaming, ‘It’s so messy I can’t even Tink in here!’ Please send me that cartoon so I can see an example of what generative AI can and can’t do.”
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