Want to get in contact with me? No problem.
If you want to contact me, however, please follow these rules:
When E-mailing Me
- Do not send me chain letters. This includes any kind of e-mail I'm explicitly supposed to forward to other people, no matter what it is. Many if not most chain letters are either hoaxes (the most horrible virus ever was announced by CNN this morning!), scams (we have your credit card information but will delete it if you pass this chain letter on to twenty people!) or superstitious nonsense (if you don't forward this to at least seven people, you will have seven years of bad luck!); for everyone's sake, please delete any such chain letters that arrive in your inbox and don't pass them on. There are people who enjoy some of the other kinds of chain letters (e.g. long questionnaires, inspirational stories, funny photos), but other people (including me) find them annoying, so I strongly encourage you not to send them to people unless you already know they enjoy that kind of thing. If you have a tendency to send chain letters of any kind to your entire contact list, then please don't add me to your contact list.
- On a similar note, do not send me invitations to join any kind of social networking site, online game or whatever, especially not if I don't have the faintest clue who you are. They will be ignored anyway; I'm not a fan of social networking and I generally have way too much stuff on my hands to be playing random online games suggested to me by strangers.
- Read the FAQ, or at least the questions in it, carefully and see if what you're going to say is answered there, even if what you wanted to say is not a question per se or if you really think nobody else will have asked me that. You'll be surprised by how many things are in there.
Otherwise, I'm not picky and I like getting meaningful e-mail. If you just have a random question about Pokémon or the site or me or Iceland or anything else that you have reason to believe I'd be able to answer, that's fine, so long as it isn't in the FAQ. (Heck, you can ask me to elaborate on something in the FAQ, even; I just don't want to have to literally retype what I already wrote there.)
I check my e-mail regularly every day and usually respond quickly. If you sent me a question or something and I haven't responded within 48 hours, it should usually be safe to e-mail me again - I probably just need a kick. Unless, of course, I'm on vacation somewhere or something, in which case I have generally noted this in the updates on this site. This does not apply to affiliation/site rating requests or content submissions (e.g. for in-game humour), however, as they are placed in a queue that I look at in short bursts when I have time on my hands.
When IMing Me
- Again, read the FAQ first.
- Please don't just randomly say hi unless you a) have something in particular you want to talk to me about, or b) are actually my friend, in the sense that we have enjoyable, meaningful, two-sided conversations on a somewhat regular basis. While you may feel like you have a grasp of who I am just from reading what I've written on my website, remember that you're (probably) a stranger to me and interactions between strangers are generally prompted by an external situation. I don't have a problem talking to strangers who approach me on a reasonable external basis - I've formed lasting friendships with people who originally IMed me because they needed help with their website or wanted to ask about something I wrote - but if you come to me when I don't know you and start making casual conversation the way you'd make conversation with a friend, I'm going to feel massively awkward, cornered and uncomfortable, and as a result I'm probably going to be a terrible conversation partner.
- If you don't have a very good reason to assume I know exactly who you are, please tell me at the start of the conversation where you know me from (if you're reading this, you'll probably want to tell me you've been to my website).
- Do not invite me out of the blue to huge convos with a bunch of people I don't know. It is extremely irritating, I will leave immediately, and I will block you if you do this repeatedly. If you think I really should be in some convo, contact me in a one-on-one message first and explain why you think it's relevant to me, and only invite me if I agree to participate.
It should be possible to contact me without me specifically adding you first, if I've set it up right; if you find that's not the case, by all means send me an e-mail about it as a heads up and I'll try to figure it out.
My e-mail address is email@example.com. It is also my Windows Live ID (so you can use it with Windows Live Messenger), and as a Gmail account it works for Google Talk and XMPP generally.
I'm not always on IM; there have been stretches of several months where I haven't signed on at all. If I'm not on when you want me, consider sending me an e-mail instead, or an e-mail asking me to come on IM if it's something that must be discussed in real-time.
Other Means of Contact
I am registered at (and visit on at least a semi-frequent basis) the following forums, where I can be contacted through private or visitor messaging:
- The Cave of Dragonflies forums (as Butterfree; I'm here every day)
- Serebii.net Forums (as Dragonfree; I'm also here every day)
- The Pokémon Community (as Dragonfree; may only visit every couple of weeks now)
- The PokéMasters Forums (as Dragonfree; some days may pass between visits)
I also visit my guestbook about as frequently as I check my e-mail, so if you've got a comment or question concerning the site that you'd like to post publicly, you can do that too.
Finally, I have a Twitter account, so if you have short inquiries you could make them there, too.
Page last modified October 08 2012 at 20:18 GMT