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Confusing messengers with personal assistants

So, I've posted two things related to available housing in the past, because I thought it would be helpful to point it out to my fellow EF-ers. I also get quite a lot of e-mails with people offering apartments and flatshares because I'm on various mailing lists and some of them would probably be useful to member buuuuut - it's amazing how blooming clueless and needy people can be and I don't fancy dealing with those whose hands need to be held, nay, clutched, through even the simplest things in life. For the things I already posted, I ended up getting weird things like barely understandable messages complaining that the agency was not replying (not surprising when you are writing gobbledygook) or asking me whether the prices can be negotiated and what I thought a reasonable price was.

This also seems to apply to other situations, someone offers some helpful info and then becomes the general information booth to those who can't be bovvered to do a little research themselves. Makes you not want to share the info in the first place and I believe EF was created as a way to share useful information and make contacts.

So, do I post anyway and add a "from here on, you are alone, buster" disclaimer, full well knowing that this will be ignored by those that most need to pay attention to it? How did people become so utterly dependent on getting every single little detail about something and thinking it's someone else's job to provide them with it? Whatever happened to "oh, that's good to know, I'll take care of the rest!"?
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Old 21.11.2011, 15:42
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So, do I post anyway and add a "from here on, you are alone, buster" disclaimer, full well knowing that this will be ignored by those that most need to pay attention to it? How did people become so utterly dependent on getting every single little detail about something and thinking it's someone else's job to provide them with it? Whatever happened to "oh, that's good to know, I'll take care of the rest!"?
We are too soft on them...

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Old 22.11.2011, 19:02
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It's not just n00bs who do it, trust me...
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Old 22.11.2011, 19:17
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So, I've posted two things related to available housing in the past, because I thought it would be helpful to point it out to my fellow EF-ers. I also get quite a lot of e-mails with people offering apartments and flatshares because I'm on various mailing lists and some of them would probably be useful to member buuuuut - it's amazing how blooming clueless and needy people can be and I don't fancy dealing with those whose hands need to be held, nay, clutched, through even the simplest things in life. For the things I already posted, I ended up getting weird things like barely understandable messages complaining that the agency was not replying (not surprising when you are writing gobbledygook) or asking me whether the prices can be negotiated and what I thought a reasonable price was.

This also seems to apply to other situations, someone offers some helpful info and then becomes the general information booth to those who can't be bovvered to do a little research themselves. Makes you not want to share the info in the first place and I believe EF was created as a way to share useful information and make contacts.

So, do I post anyway and add a "from here on, you are alone, buster" disclaimer, full well knowing that this will be ignored by those that most need to pay attention to it? How did people become so utterly dependent on getting every single little detail about something and thinking it's someone else's job to provide them with it? Whatever happened to "oh, that's good to know, I'll take care of the rest!"?
People are people - some may have genuine questions (and not understand you're just the messenger), some are just time wasters. To deal with both cases, in my opinion, it would be worth having a "standard reply PM" that says something like: "Sorry, but I don't have any further information. I only passed along the link as I thought it might be useful for some EF-ers. For any questions, please contact directly the providers of the ad." Full stop. Then, delete, forget about it, and move on.
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Old 22.11.2011, 19:26
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... it would be worth having a "standard reply PM" ... Then, delete, forget about it, and move on.
Better yet "delete, forget and move on" without bothering to reply
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