I HATE GETTING out-of-office replies and every summer, the scourge begins anew. There is a better way, suggested by Erik Qualman.
Ten minutes into his talk about "My Digital Stamp" at TEDxNashville, Erik Qualman suggests a better way to avoid inbox shock.
1. When your vacation starts, set your email's vacation auto-responder to say, "Thank you for your email. This mailbox is temporarily full. If your email is important please resend it on [Return Date]".
2. When you return, select all the emails you received while on vacation.
See Erik Qualman's TEDx talk at http://youtu.be/cH4HOLwm0X0. Bernie Goldbach teaches digital etiquette to creative multimedia students in Ireland.