Unanswered emails are one of my top pet peeves, one that I simply do not understand. How much effort does it take to hit "Reply" and type "Got it"?? Are the non-responders that busy? Or are they arrogant? Or thoughtless? Rude? No manners? No common sense? Or a******s? My take is yes for all, excepting too busy. Would they ignore a question if it was asked in person? Why have email if you are not going to converse as you would if the person was speaking to you?
I could make a very detailed Wall of Shame, but for now, I will stick with some generalities. The Boulder Daily Camera lists email addresses for its various editors, but I have yet to get a response to a question regarding the change in the daily reports of gold and silver prices. A few of my Pepperdine colleagues are notorious non-responders. I have given up on a couple of them. I would email a link to this post to them, but I doubt that they would bother to read it. I have emailed some entertainers who provide a Contact on their web pages, but I guess they only respond if you want to pay them to perform. I have sent copies of articles that I have written to people who have requested materials, without acknowledgement of receipt.
The least the chronic non-responders should do is set up an auto-reply. That would be one step up from the implied message - "You are not important enough to me that I would take the time to reply." For 2015, I plan on keeping all of the unanswered email queries in a file for the post Wall of Shame - 2015.