Email is a gigantic reminder of all my failures
God I hate my email inboxes. Both of them. They're nothing but a gigantic reminder of all my failures. All the things I didn't do, all the people I didn't stay in touch with, all the projects I didn't finish, all the requests for help that I never responded to, and my general failure to stay on top of things. Between @gmail.com and @mozilla.com I have over ten thousand unread emails, not counting spam; the number that I've opened but haven't dealt with is even higher than that.
And the stuff just keeps piling up, faster than I can deal with it. It's pointless to star a conversation: it just scrolls off the bottom of the page within a day and gets lost forever along with everything else.
I have given up trying to tag or folder things and lately I've given up on trying to read or delete everything. These days I treat my inbox like a forum - I peek in once in a while and pick a couple of interesting recent threads to respond to, and ignore the rest. What else can I do? Email is the dumping ground for every person in the world and every automated script on the internet. It's impossible to deal with.
Email is broken. We can keep scaling up our servers and our bandwidth but we can't scale up our brains or the number of hours in the day to keep up with all the people who want a piece of our time.