How to send me email
You will not find on this page any link that allows you to send email just
by clicking. Unfortunately, such links are too easily harvested by
for invidious purposes. However, if you are a human being who understands
English and want to send me email, then the following instructions should
suffice. An email address is of the form
My user name is bickis, the server is
called snoopy, the domain is usask, and the country code
is ca. String them together, with an @ sign after
the user name, and separating the other fields with periods (full stops),
you have my address.
How to ensure I get the email
I get hundreds of junk emails every day, so your message may get missed in
the crowd. The emails go through several filters, so many of them I never
even see. Even among the ones that actually reach my eyes, most I don't
want to see. So, if you want to get through to me, please observe
the following etiquette:
Any messages not adhering to the above protocol risk being deleted
without human intervention
- Make sure that the subject line clearly states the purpose of your
message. This is particularly important if you are a stranger, or are
sending from a strange portal and I am not likely to recognize your name
and email address. Emails with blank, vague or cute subject lines are likely
to be deleted unread.
- Use only ASCII or (if you must) iso-8859-1 (Latin-1) characters in
the subject line, since otherwise it might not be legible
in whatever mailer I happen to be using. In particular do not use
Microsoft formatting characters (underlines, "smart" quotes,
- Send the message in plain text. If the message involves
characters not found in iso-8859-1, then preferably send it in UTF-8
format. If the message contains mathematical symbols, then send it
as TeX source.
- If, disregarding the above, the message is in HTML, then do
not put hyperlinks or HTML comments inside the message, as this is
a common characteristic of spam. If you want to tell me about a web
page, include the URL as plain text. It is just as easy for me to cut
and paste the URL from your message as to "click here".
- Note in particular that messages converted from Microsoft Word
format to HTML tend to get snagged by my spam filters. If you are sending
me an email that you composed using Word or other Microsoft tools, make
sure it is converted to plain text before you send it.
- In particular, please, no <IMG>
tags inside the message. If you need to send me a picture, include it as
- To shield my innocent soul, my mail program does not display
pictures or attachments, so I will not ever see them unless I am convinced
that it is worth my while to do so. So...
- Include attachments only if absolutely necessary. If the message
can be conveyed by plain text, leave it at that. Do not attach several
copies of the message in various formats. That wastes bandwidth and
clogs up my mailbox. If you must include an attachment, make sure that
there is a plain text message that explains the purpose of the
attachment. Messages consisting solely of attachments, or which say
only "Please see the attachment" are subject to automatic deletion.
Unless it is something I am expecting, I typically don't open the attachment
until I have reviewed all my email. If I get distracted, I may not open
the attachment for hours, days, or even weeks. Information for which time
is of essence should always be included in the main message, not relegated to
the attachment -- otherwise, by the time I get around to reading it
it might be too late!
- For sending image attachments, use .png, .jpg, .gif,
.pdf, or .ps formats.
- For sending text attachments, preferably use .pdf, .ps,
.dvi or .tex
formats. (Sending plain text as an attachment,
though, is fine, regardless of the file extension.)
If necessary, I will
attempt to read attachments sent
as .odt ,
but you should not count on my being able to decipher
all the features of these, or any other proprietary formats.
- I will probably not read attachments sent in any other formats,
unless I have been advised in advance. Note that any messages
containing .exe, .scr, or .bat attachments will be assumed to contain
viruses and will be automatically deleted.