My email bot escaped

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As noted before, I get a lot of email every day. A few years ago it
got to the point that the number of individual queries coming in was making it
so that I really didn't have much time to do much else than answer them. So
after messing with some perl scripts I came up with an email bot that sits and
watches my inbox for messages it can answer by pointing people at the proper
place to ask the question in the first place.

Every once in a while my email bot escapes to the wild. A number of
years ago it hit the linux-usb mailing list so I tweaked it to hopefully
never post a public location. But just the other day, a recipient
decided to forward it on to a number of public mailing lists,
which kind of showed that the recipient didn't actually read the message
in the first place. A sad commentary on so many levels...