People have been misunderstanding me when I have talked about clearing out the email inbox. Several missives in the last few days have begun with “I don’t want to exacerbate your full in-box but …” No one needs to feel guilty about mailing. I like to get the mail. My attempts to get a handle on the quantity and be responsive to when people mail me is not your issue and you don’t have to worry about it. If you have something to mail, mail. If you want to signal to me that you aren’t waiting on a reply, you can put something like “[NRN]” in the subject line (No Response Necessary).
I’m not trying to guilt trip anyone. The whole reason this is important to me is that I want to be responsive when people mail and stay in contact. This is me trying to stop losing communications through the cracks.