This is now my form email response after a designated period of being ignored.
Feel free to use it, unattributed.
When I was a teenager, I heard about a strange tribe in Hollywood, California, whose language didn’t include the word “No.” Instead, according to the account I read, members would simply smile, nod their heads rapidly, and say, “I’ll get back to you.”
Since that time, with the inception of the Internet, this strange tribal custom has taken over all forms of media and social interaction, but today it is no longer necessary for members to nod their heads, smile, or say anything at all. They simply don’t answer your emails.
The words “rude,” “insensitive,” “arrogant,” “swinish,” “contemptuous,” and “spineless” have gradually been replaced by the word “busy.” This peculiar new way of doing business avoids the momentary unpleasantness of having to give a negative response, but it has been discovered, through careful observation of subjects such as writers, that the inability of agents, publishers, and editors to say “No” has caused a steady proliferation of negativity in subjects. It is just as if the countless unsaid “Nos” build up inside the nervous system of the collective, and eventually are obliged to come out somewhere.
So far, it appears that most subjects take their rage out on inanimate objects such as laptops and printers, as well as on spouses, children, and small animals.
Is it time to address this imbalance and openly challenge the S.O.P that is turning everyone into S.O.B.s?
Just say “NO!!”