Want to let certain frantic email senders know that you'll be getting back to them during your next batch email period? Webapp Kukoo provides an auto-responding email address that gently reinforces your schedule.
Sign up for the service, and you won't get a new email address, but an affix for your existing address. That means you'd have to post, ask, or beg your email senders to send to an address like [email protected] In some ways, the modern age of auto-fill composing would make this easier for your clients or co-workers to get on board with; in other, more cynical views, certain insistent folks would know they can just cleave off that kukoo.com appendage and make your email checker ding or blink.
So it's an idealistic tool, but one that's well suited to those strict about their email process. You set up the times when Kukoo will tell your senders you typically respond to email, and it process it in its replies—senders get an easy to read time table, or a message indicating that "It doesn't look like Bob will be getting back to you today". You can, of course, set up your own auto-responding message for your stock email address, but Kukoo makes shifting your schedule on certain weeks and setting up advanced rules easier. Plus, the service provides day-to-day or hourly email stats, similar to what one can do with Mail Trends, and works nicely as a site you almost never have to log into.
Kukoo is free to use, requires a sign-up and email address verification (no password needed) to use.