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2011-05-30 02:00:22 AM  
I cannot say this enough.

THERE IS REPLY. THERE IS REPLY ALL. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND USE THE APPROPRIATE ONE.

I'm on an e-mail list from my college pep band that has by now at least a few thousand recipients. The list owner had to moderate the list because people couldn't figure this out.
 
2011-05-30 02:08:12 AM  

Twitch Boy: I cannot say this enough.

THERE IS REPLY. THERE IS REPLY ALL. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND USE THE APPROPRIATE ONE.

I'm on an e-mail list from my college pep band that has by now at least a few thousand recipients. The list owner had to moderate the list because people couldn't figure this out.


The Internet is hard, mmkay.
 
2011-05-30 02:17:50 AM  
More like:

FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE: FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE: FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE: OMFGWTFBBQ!
 
2011-05-30 02:18:17 AM  

Twitch Boy: I cannot say this enough.

THERE IS REPLY. THERE IS REPLY ALL. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND USE THE APPROPRIATE ONE.

I'm on an e-mail list from my college pep band that has by now at least a few thousand recipients. The list owner had to moderate the list because people couldn't figure this out.


However, as someone who took advantage of this (massive spam from some minor administrative position via newsletters and other Jesus-based garbage), the results can be quite hilarious.

REPLY ALL IS GREAT! EVERYONE NEEDS MY OPINION ON WHY I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT WHY JESUS MAKES THE SUN SHINE! NOTICE HOW CALM AND COLLECTED I AM WITH THE FONT AND CAPITALIZATION CHOICE! AFTER ALL, CAPS LOCK = SMART BUT STILL REALLY COOL.
 
2011-05-30 02:28:18 AM  

Twitch Boy: I cannot say this enough.

THERE IS REPLY. THERE IS REPLY ALL. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND USE THE APPROPRIATE ONE.

I'm on an e-mail list from my college pep band that has by now at least a few thousand recipients. The list owner had to moderate the list because people couldn't figure this out.


If I had a long list of names for an email (which, for a major telecommunications company, can get really effing long) I would just put everyone in the BCC line to prevent a reply all explosion. The one time I didn't do it, my blackberry about exploded like Vegeta's power level scanner.

I don't work there, anymore. Relevant information.
 
2011-05-30 02:30:44 AM  
Go to page 8 of this report (pdf warning), have a look at the End User Certificate issued by the Government of Chad for 2,000,000 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, and despair.

/support the Arms Trade Treaty
//oblig plug
 
2011-05-30 02:34:33 AM  
TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST!!1!
 
2011-05-30 02:46:33 AM  
At the company I work for, most of my job is spent emailing. What I get into trouble about is when I have to email a VP about his expense report or reports being in violation of the company policy (something set in place by the IRS), emailing the VP directly and not their assistant.

What baffels me is when the field employees email me about their expense reports and they have the subject line of "Wuzzzzzzuppppp?" and then it's an email with horrible grammer and spelling that takes me five minutes to decode to finally figure out that they're wanting to know why the expense report they just submitted wasn't already paid.

Though, I will admit, I do make the occasional mistake. This week I got an expense report mentioning how the submitter went to an Indian's game and was expensing it. I sent the email to his boss telling him first, that it's Native American and to please use it instead of Indian's. I wanted to know what tribe was playing the games, what games they were playing, and why were we sending people to watch Native Americans play games. I don't follow professional sports. How was I supposed to know?

One of the funniest mistakes was when I was told that one of our stores had an inventory and the expense report due to the submitter having car pulled with a few other employees. I responded that a car push might have been easier.
 
2011-05-30 02:51:54 AM  
I prefer to leave a neatly written note taped to a prominent portion of a person's desk.
I have been gently scolded and/or mocked for doing so. Something about, "Well, but if you email it, I can get it through any device I happen to have access to."

Well, goody for you. But the place my message is going to do you the most good is when you're at your desk.

/off the lawn
//now
 
2011-05-30 02:52:30 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: AFTER ALL, CAPS LOCK = SMART BUT STILL REALLY COOL.



images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Probably my favorite motivational.
 
2011-05-30 02:53:32 AM  
The rule against contacting people you work with via Facebook obviously doesn't apply if your work IS facebook apps, but otherwise, yeah.
 
2011-05-30 03:03:47 AM  
I would also like to add, if you email the company you work for from your personal email account, be careful. I don't like arrive at work on Monday mornings (or any morning really) and I really don't like getting facebook friend requests sent to my work email address.

And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.
 
2011-05-30 03:10:45 AM  

Great Janitor: replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply.


Devilishly brilliant. I'm going to try that the first chance I get.
 
2011-05-30 03:15:21 AM  

Great Janitor: And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.


Knowing if my support staff is on the road or in their offices for the day helps somewhat, as indicated by a mobile tag in the signature of their emails.

We started changing it to increasingly archaic forms of communication a few months ago for kicks (as I'm sure many others have also done). It peaked at "Sent from two Dixie Cups on a string" and a morse code version of "Sent by Western Union" when the management folks decided the jokes had gone far enough. As far as I know none of that shenanigans got out to customers, but in our field (Satellite communications) everyone is a bit loopy, so I'd be surprised if anyone got upset over it.
 
2011-05-30 03:22:45 AM  

Great Janitor: At the company I work for, most of my job is spent emailing. What I get into trouble about is when I have to email a VP about his expense report or reports being in violation of the company policy (something set in place by the IRS), emailing the VP directly and not their assistant.

What baffels me is when the field employees email me about their expense reports and they have the subject line of "Wuzzzzzzuppppp?" and then it's an email with horrible grammer and spelling that takes me five minutes to decode to finally figure out that they're wanting to know why the expense report they just submitted wasn't already paid.

Though, I will admit, I do make the occasional mistake. This week I got an expense report mentioning how the submitter went to an Indian's game and was expensing it. I sent the email to his boss telling him first, that it's Native American and to please use it instead of Indian's. I wanted to know what tribe was playing the games, what games they were playing, and why were we sending people to watch Native Americans play games. I don't follow professional sports. How was I supposed to know?

One of the funniest mistakes was when I was told that one of our stores had an inventory and the expense report due to the submitter having car pulled with a few other employees. I responded that a car push might have been easier.


You're giving them grief about their grammar and spelling? I hope that part of your post was an attempt at humor.
 
2011-05-30 03:24:55 AM  

NkThrasher: Great Janitor: And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.

Knowing if my support staff is on the road or in their offices for the day helps somewhat, as indicated by a mobile tag in the signature of their emails.

We started changing it to increasingly archaic forms of communication a few months ago for kicks (as I'm sure many others have also done). It peaked at "Sent from two Dixie Cups on a string" and a morse code version of "Sent by Western Union" when the management folks decided the jokes had gone far enough. As far as I know none of that shenanigans got out to customers, but in our field (Satellite communications) everyone is a bit loopy, so I'd be surprised if anyone got upset over it.


At my job it's "sent from my bathrobe", which has the added feature of being true.

Love. My. Job.
 
2011-05-30 03:39:57 AM  

Great Janitor: And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.


I´m just entirely too lazy to change that away from the default. But it´s only on a random personal account that I very rarely send outgoing mail on. I refuse to get my work email forwarded to my mobile.
 
2011-05-30 03:43:57 AM  
#11 Bible quotes in you signature.
 
2011-05-30 03:50:02 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: #11 Bible quotes in you signature.


Bible quoters. Every workplace has at least one of them.

/praise the lord
 
2011-05-30 03:55:55 AM  
did you all cover people who quote messages with a giant attachment, causing the e-mail server to load slowly?

because i've heard that's annoying.

attached: giant-ass-attachment. (size: 350MB)
 
2011-05-30 05:04:23 AM  
Those 10 rules are ok. However I propose rule 0: Never give your mother your email address. All other rules basically derive from this.
 
2011-05-30 05:12:12 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: #11 Bible quotes in you signature.


How about Ayn Rand quotes?
 
2011-05-30 07:17:57 AM  
Missing from the list:

Setting the read-receipt-requested on EVERY DAMN EMAIL sent.
 
zz9
2011-05-30 07:19:08 AM  
The "Posted from my iPhone" sig line is useful to explain why the message is short and full of typos, with the odd totally wrong word that auto correct threw in there.
 
2011-05-30 07:21:27 AM  
My one exception to the Caps Lock rule that is when working with engineers who spend most of their time in AutoCad, I just let it slide. I learned early on that it wasn't worth biatching about it.
 
2011-05-30 07:27:57 AM  
I'm extremely careful about email now. I never put any receiver in the 'to' line until I've finished the email first and proof read it a couple of times. Proofing isn't just about spelling/grammar/content - it's also about WTF could happen as a result of this email.

I once forwarded an email (as an attachment) from the CEO to a former colleague concerning a recent promotion in our company.

The person I forwarded it to opened the attachment and then replied to it thinking they were replying to me. The reply was was not nice. This person then called me up and told me to delete my forwarded email and admitted to the mistake they made. I laughed (nervously) when I heard this as once it's through the exchange server deleting hides nothing. I was darn lucky nothing happened as a result.

I'm much more careful now.
 
2011-05-30 07:34:32 AM  

enry: Britney Spear's Speculum: #11 Bible quotes in you signature.

How about Ayn Rand quotes?


Anything at all beyond your contact information, that 'if you received this is error' thing, and maybe a 'save the trees don't print this' bit. No quotes. No cute little pictures. Nothing.

And for goodness sake, put your reply at the top, not at the bottom. I don't want to have to scroll down before I ignore ignore you.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-05-30 07:39:55 AM  
Email and forum software should not translate emoticon text to graphics. It is annoying and only encourages them.
 
2011-05-30 07:43:29 AM  

RobbieFal: did you all cover people who quote messages with a giant attachment, causing the e-mail server to load slowly?

because i've heard that's annoying.

attached: giant-ass-attachment. (size: 350MB)


This is the email admin's fault for allowing attachments that large in the first place. File servers exist for this very reason.
 
2011-05-30 08:07:18 AM  

ChubbyTiger: enry: Britney Spear's Speculum: #11 Bible quotes in you signature.

How about Ayn Rand quotes?

Anything at all beyond your contact information, that 'if you received this is error' thing, and maybe a 'save the trees don't print this' bit. No quotes. No cute little pictures. Nothing.

And for goodness sake, put your reply at the top, not at the bottom. I don't want to have to scroll down before I ignore ignore you.


The 'received in error' is useless, and you never top-reply unless your mailer is completely incapable of it. Editing the message and replying online is far better, especially if there are multiple things you need to reply to.
 
2011-05-30 08:11:55 AM  
ALways wondered why people put their e-mail address in their signature line.
 
2011-05-30 08:12:15 AM  

RobbieFal: did you all cover people who quote messages with a giant attachment, causing the e-mail server to load slowly?

because i've heard that's annoying.

attached: giant-ass-attachment. (size: 350MB)


I'm on dial-up, you insensive clod!
 
2011-05-30 08:18:47 AM  
I have a friend who occasionally puts his entire email into the subject line and leaves the body blank.

Same person also occasionally replies to emails about a completely different subject instead of starting a new email.
 
2011-05-30 08:22:12 AM  

SJKebab: Those 10 rules are ok. However I propose rule 0: Never give your mother your email address. All other rules basically derive from this.


More importantly my grandmother gets an address that filters and automatically throws away forwards before forwarding to my normal inbox. I then have my gmail set up to automatically reply as the address she thinks I use religiously. The both willing and unwilling spam that comes from there is crazy. Thankfully spam filters are good enough that I can reliably get anything she actually writes me while throwing away the rest of the chaff.

/it makes me wonder how many stupid GOP forwards FoxNews gets, because she sends them on every single one
 
2011-05-30 08:53:59 AM  
Backgrounds
 
2011-05-30 08:57:23 AM  

eddyatwork: TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST!!1!


FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE: FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE: FW: Fw: RE: Re: Fwd: Re: Fwd FW: RE:
Priority = High
Return Receipt Requested
>TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST!!1!

ME TOO!
 
2011-05-30 09:03:38 AM  
The informal greetings do bother me to no end. For whatever reason, folks from our Chicago offices like to trim the last 3 characters from my first name. If you want me to reply to my emails, you'll use the name I go by, not a contrived nick-name.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-05-30 09:04:29 AM  
I gave my mother my email address 20 years ago and it's worked fine. She was her department's desktop computer expert before "IT" was in common use.
 
2011-05-30 09:13:32 AM  
Kindly consider the environment before printing this email.
 
2011-05-30 09:14:10 AM  
All of the above from all of you. Sigh.

But the one thing that finally made me crack and block one of my nodding acquaintances from sending me anything else?

He started sending 'humor' emails. The line he'd put in to the twenty FWDs to make sure we'd know it was humor:

"Ha, Ha, Ha! Enjoy!"

His emails always had commas between each Ha. I just... it's a little thing but a big thing. And I know it's not grammatically incorrect, It's just... I don't know. Peculiar-looking to me in a way I can't really quantify.
 
2011-05-30 09:27:29 AM  

minoridiot: For whatever reason, folks from our Chicago offices like to trim the last 3 characters from my first name.


I can see why you would find that annoying, minorid.
 
2011-05-30 09:36:40 AM  

StopLurkListen: NkThrasher: Great Janitor: And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.

Knowing if my support staff is on the road or in their offices for the day helps somewhat, as indicated by a mobile tag in the signature of their emails.

We started changing it to increasingly archaic forms of communication a few months ago for kicks (as I'm sure many others have also done). It peaked at "Sent from two Dixie Cups on a string" and a morse code version of "Sent by Western Union" when the management folks decided the jokes had gone far enough. As far as I know none of that shenanigans got out to customers, but in our field (Satellite communications) everyone is a bit loopy, so I'd be surprised if anyone got upset over it.

At my job it's "sent from my bathrobe", which has the added feature of being true.

Love. My. Job.


This. People who think they need to quote THE WHOLE FRICKIN' conversation in case someone lost the thread.
 
2011-05-30 09:44:33 AM  
When I used to work in my company's local office I ended up on the mailing list that, every friday, would end up with this chain of "reply all" emails going back and forth among field management crowing about their end-of-week sales numbers. Over the course of the day it would add up to 300-400 emails. And people broke just about every one of the rules from the article. Not ironically. They just really liked 17-point pink comic sans text.

After a particularly busy friday morning, wrapping up a 65-70hr week, I was *extremely* cranky (having spent all morning cleaning up other people's messes) and I hit a "reply all" saying only, "Those of us with real work to do would prefer not to have these messages clogging up our inboxes."

It was funny b/c the flood stopped for about 45 min. I then got called into my boss's office. He didn't even have the heart to chew me out b/c he knew what bullshiat it was, and how I was more or less single-handedly holding our office together. He just cocked one eyebrow and said, "Next time, let me know and I'll make sure you're off the list."
 
2011-05-30 09:45:36 AM  

rgdelong: StopLurkListen: NkThrasher: Great Janitor: And, who gives a damn if this email is sent from your iphone, ipod, ipad, windows phone, android phone or any other internet connected device. All I do is, sigh with "who cares?", and replace iphone, ipad, ipod, etc.... with Tampon Dispenser, and see who notices when I send my reply. You'd be amazed how many emails I've attached to our system with that in there. HR actually has a rough estimate. HR would fire my ass if they weren't too scared of a lawsuit from the people they fire, no matter how deserving they are of it.

Knowing if my support staff is on the road or in their offices for the day helps somewhat, as indicated by a mobile tag in the signature of their emails.

We started changing it to increasingly archaic forms of communication a few months ago for kicks (as I'm sure many others have also done). It peaked at "Sent from two Dixie Cups on a string" and a morse code version of "Sent by Western Union" when the management folks decided the jokes had gone far enough. As far as I know none of that shenanigans got out to customers, but in our field (Satellite communications) everyone is a bit loopy, so I'd be surprised if anyone got upset over it.

At my job it's "sent from my bathrobe", which has the added feature of being true.

Love. My. Job.

This. People who think they need to quote THE WHOLE FRICKIN' conversation in case someone lost the thread.


>>>Nothing like getting a forward
>>>where the whole conversation
>>>>has been quoted 4 or 5 times •
>>>by forwarders those damn
>>>>arrows all over the place.

>>>IF U DON'T FORWARD THIS U
>>>>MUST NOT BELIEVE IN GOD!!!!!!
 
2011-05-30 09:49:48 AM  

LeroyB: Same person also occasionally replies to emails about a completely different subject instead of starting a new email.


I had a colleague who did this all the time. Bit him in ass though when he "re-used" an old e-mail where we had discussed a client's private info. He copied a different client on the new message, leaving the previous client's info included in the attached previous message.
 
2011-05-30 09:52:27 AM  

Great Janitor: This week I got an expense report mentioning how the submitter went to an Indian's game and was expensing it. I sent the email to his boss telling him first, that it's Native American and to please use it instead of Indian's. I wanted to know what tribe was playing the games, what games they were playing,


How would that possibly be relevant information for deciding if you would approve the expense? You'll allow Mohawk lacrosse but not Cree jai alai?
 
2011-05-30 09:54:30 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: #11 Bible quotes in you signature.


Here are some useful bible verses just for that occasion:
Malachi 2:3
2 Kings 18:27
 
2011-05-30 09:58:15 AM  

darwinwench: LeroyB: Same person also occasionally replies to emails about a completely different subject instead of starting a new email.

I had a colleague who did this all the time. Bit him in ass though when he "re-used" an old e-mail where we had discussed a client's private info. He copied a different client on the new message, leaving the previous client's info included in the attached previous message.


I do this occasionally for emails to the same person. Is that wrong? Should I not be doing that?
 
zz9
2011-05-30 09:59:15 AM  

darwinwench: LeroyB: Same person also occasionally replies to emails about a completely different subject instead of starting a new email.

I had a colleague who did this all the time. Bit him in ass though when he "re-used" an old e-mail where we had discussed a client's private info. He copied a different client on the new message, leaving the previous client's info included in the attached previous message.


I emailed a law firm once about a matter. The person I emailed forwarded it to a colleague with a "What should I tell him about X?" comment and information that was confidential. That person composed a reply to me and then forwarded the whole message to me complete with the stuff they didn't want to tell me.

That was interesting....
 
2011-05-30 10:00:31 AM  

True story: at work if I saw a link to a story I would like to check out but might be inappropriate to look at there (I work next to a nosy co-worker) I would email the link to my personal email. One time when I was a little bit tired, I saw an interesting link, copy and pasted it to an email and sent it off to myself. But the "TO:" field had AutoComplete on and because I was tired I wasn't paying attention which email had been filled in.

It took me a minute to realize that AutoComplete had just filled in my bossses' email and I had just sent her a link about people's responses to watching "Two Girls One Cup". I ran into her office and was surprised that she didn't fire me. But she did give me a long talk about me doing my job and not fooling around on the web.


And I've deactivated AutoComplete on Outlook. I now have to manually choose email addresses from my Contacts list.

 
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