On December 18, 2008 the number of unanswered messages in my email inbox surpassed 1000. I surrender! On christmas day 2008 I decided to change my email handling policy: In the future, I will treat emails more like I treat telephone calls. I will fix a time interval d and after d time I will completely remove all unanswered email from my inbox that is older than d . This means I will most probably not respond anymore to emails that have not been answered in d time. Currently d is one year, but it may be adjusted. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I am now convinced that I cannot continue to treat email the same as I treat postal mail. If you need a definitive response from me within a certain time, it is probably more reliable to send a letter by postal mail.