Jim Winstead’s getting tired of flooding his own mailbox with notifications about blocked TrackBack pings. Of course, if I wrote my own that’s just the sort of itch I’d leave unscratched, but I don’t quite see why people who know they are writing for others feel free to share the pain of a flooded weblog by flooding the owner’s email as well.
If my weblog wants to tell me when I’ve got one moderated comment/ping, with a direct link to edit it, that’s great. If it wants to tell me I’ve got two moderated submissions, with a link to a page that lists them both, that’s a good idea: I get distracted by shiny things quite often, and might have forgotten. But if I’ve got three, or five, or ten, or thirty, I don’t want to know about it each and every time. Once you’ve told me there’s more than one, and where to see them all at once, please just shut up about them until I clear them out, or until you’ve got something new to say. If the incoming rate trips a “moderate everything” throttle, or the total number trips a “shut everything off” throttle, tell me, but otherwise, quit badgering me. If I don’t clear out your backlog when you tell me I’ve got 39 moderated comments, it’s because I’m not there, not because I need 40 emails instead of 39 to get me moving.