Thanks for sharing this April! Agreed 100%. My expectations on rejection letters were shaped when I was a youngster and sending my demos in to record labels, all hopeful for even a response. Getting a response from a label I was a huge fan of saying “everyone here in the office loved hearing the track and appreciated your sharing it with us. Unfortunately it’s not the direction we’re going with the label right now.” That showed an appreciation for my time and kept my enthusiasm high — just knowing someone enjoyed it. Ever since then I’ve practiced that and expected others to as well.
The one note is that sometimes legality gets in the way. When in a few corporate hiring situations in the past, we were strictly prohibited from making comments that the recipient could latch onto as potential points of argument. That’s definitely not the case here though.