I get and send a lot of email. Many of the emails I send are responses to emails I received. When I respond to email I almost always quote the email to which I'm responding, and when I do my email client (mutt) inserts a line like:
On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 11:40:25AM -0600, Justin Chapweske wrote:
Knowing the time of the original message and the time of my reply provides enough information to track my response times to email. I used the inbound message ids to make sure only the first reply to an email was counted.
I whipped up a little Perl script to extract some stats and create a histogram. The script and histogram are attached. Here are some of the stats I found:
- two minutes: 59 times
- four minutes: 45 times
- one minute: 44 times
- three minutes: 41 times
- seven minutes: 33 times
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