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2013-09-29 11:44:28 PM
I think my readers gather a sense of profound wisdom and and intuition when they are graced with my important daily messages. It should also lend to my credibility that I've kept the same email account from aol.com since the very first day I stepped into cyber space.

www.rahul.netBumpInTheNightwww.rahul.net
 
2013-09-29 11:45:56 PM
It's hotmail

because I'm so hot
 
2013-09-29 11:54:32 PM
You mean that words you share with others might actually tell them a bit about yourself?

You don't say?

Next thing you know, people will tell you that how you speak and act in public says a lot about your personality...
 
2013-09-30 12:14:39 AM
How insightful!
 
2013-09-30 12:21:43 AM
men used more anticipatory language when writing to women, such as "prepare" or "hope".

"Prepare your cornhole and hope for the best."
 
2013-09-30 12:36:21 AM
studman­69[nospam-﹫-backwards]lo­a*com
 
2013-09-30 01:38:39 AM
But if you're angry all the time, it's part of your personality
 
2013-09-30 02:31:15 AM
mailinator because go the fark away.
 
2013-09-30 04:12:46 AM
But he cautions that because the email data belonged to a very specific group of people, the results may not apply more widely.

...
 
2013-09-30 07:43:22 AM
remove
 
2013-09-30 07:46:03 AM
omg lol teh emale
 
2013-09-30 07:48:21 AM
ive recently been dealing with someone at work who required a read receipt for every single email.

it made me quite irrationally annoyed
 
2013-09-30 07:48:31 AM
People still use email outside of work? Who knew?

/can't be bothered
//put it in a Txt or stfu
 
2013-09-30 07:57:19 AM
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
 
2013-09-30 07:59:05 AM
Male like typing detected
 
2013-09-30 08:01:40 AM
So scrolling the ipad text field is okay, but still can't start a post without clicking bold a couple times. But at least the post isn't actually bold, so there's an improvement.

Anywho: anytime I plug--a very masculine word if there ever was one--my writing into a gender analyzer, I always pop up a male, and I'm always being called "he" on Fark, even when my posts expressly state that I'm female. Between the degree in English combined with a tech and journalism background, I write in active voice almost automatically, though I have enough of a poet to mess with the rules sometimes. I tend to be a grammar nazi, but that's faded along with my skills; I need to go back to school so I can regain some of my leetnesss.

I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."
 
2013-09-30 08:03:48 AM

fusillade762: men used more anticipatory language when writing to women, such as "prepare" or "hope".

"Prepare your cornhole and hope for the best."


Is that really funny or am I tired and drunk?
 
2013-09-30 08:04:57 AM
Who knew that the way we interact with people tells us a lot about the way we are??
 
2013-09-30 08:09:21 AM
That's nice, but until I can actually copy and paste some text into something and it pops out statistics based on what I put in it, I'm not that interested.
 
2013-09-30 08:19:42 AM
I don't email people.

Why yes, I would like you to get off my lawn.
 
2013-09-30 08:20:51 AM

JerkyMeat: But if you're angry all the time, it's part of your personality


I take offense to that. I find my angry outbursts folksy and amusing. So do the people who work for me.
Isn't that right? I SAID "ISN'T THAT RIGHT?!?"
 
2013-09-30 08:38:39 AM
My email has the extra-special GFYS response.
 
2013-09-30 08:42:38 AM

Lady J: ive recently been dealing with someone at work who required a read receipt for every single email.

it made me quite irrationally annoyed


Talk about annoying, I was working for a large government agency when they rolled out a new, "enterprise-wide" email system.  Some official at the central hub would send out an agency-wide announcement, and the way it functioned at first, any yahoo in the field could send a pointless "reply all" response.  Which would set off a flurry...

"Due to the Federal holiday, payday will be on Thursday."

"That reminds me, I need to get some decorations for Timmy's birthday party"

"Hey, you hit reply all"

"Yeah, stop that"

"Everybody STFU!" etc.
 
2013-09-30 08:43:28 AM
Vanity domain with a spam filter that I wrote myself.  I am just that dorky.
 
2013-09-30 08:53:51 AM
I can tell alot about people by their e-mail as well. But I use bigger signs like idiots that use backgrounds, weird fonts, bad signatures, stupid PS signatures like the don't print guy and the unintended recipient guy. Salutations and whatnot I notice as all, as in the work place it's unprofessional. I also hate text some e-mailers. Please use full sentences, punctuation, and grammar.
 
2013-09-30 08:58:53 AM

SoupJohnB: Lady J: ive recently been dealing with someone at work who required a read receipt for every single email.

it made me quite irrationally annoyed

Talk about annoying, I was working for a large government agency when they rolled out a new, "enterprise-wide" email system.  Some official at the central hub would send out an agency-wide announcement, and the way it functioned at first, any yahoo in the field could send a pointless "reply all" response.  Which would set off a flurry...

"Due to the Federal holiday, payday will be on Thursday."

"That reminds me, I need to get some decorations for Timmy's birthday party"

"Hey, you hit reply all"

"Yeah, stop that"

"Everybody STFU!" etc.


That's why you put agency wide email addresses in BLIND copy (BCC).  That way no one can hit that button.

/Tricks, I has them.
 
2013-09-30 09:10:14 AM
smilies in work emails =^_^=

<it's sher@mie:)>
 
2013-09-30 09:14:49 AM
Coming to a world near you,
   scanning your social media for personality flaws to be used against you in the hiring process. Move along citizen, nothing to see here.. you wacko...
 
2013-09-30 09:16:59 AM

farkinoffdsm: People still use email outside of work? Who knew?

/can't be bothered
//put it in a Txt or stfu


So you don't deal with anyone over 30 on the internet?
 
2013-09-30 09:22:33 AM

Peki: So scrolling the ipad text field is okay, but still can't start a post without clicking bold a couple times. But at least the post isn't actually bold, so there's an improvement.

Anywho: anytime I plug--a very masculine word if there ever was one--my writing into a gender analyzer, I always pop up a male, and I'm always being called "he" on Fark, even when my posts expressly state that I'm female. Between the degree in English combined with a tech and journalism background, I write in active voice almost automatically, though I have enough of a poet to mess with the rules sometimes. I tend to be a grammar nazi, but that's faded along with my skills; I need to go back to school so I can regain some of my leetnesss.

I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."


Try clicking the "use HTML buttons" link when starting a post.  This solved all the issues I had on my iPad when positng on fark.
 
2013-09-30 09:22:48 AM
Ah scientists.  Repeating research that marketing companies did years ago.
 
2013-09-30 09:26:21 AM

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2013-09-30 09:30:39 AM

Peki


I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."


I generally just use "Hello $NAME". It's better than "Hi!" and works irrespective of time zones.

Do you use the whole "morning/afternoon/evening" every time or do you choose the appropriate time descriptor on each message?
 
2013-09-30 09:33:30 AM
How about people who "sign" their posts in online discussion threads?

=Smidge=
 
2013-09-30 09:35:37 AM
I draw a line between personal and professional email styles. If you get something from me that's work-related, it's almost certain to come across as polished and a bit formal, while including all the details I think you need to have.*

My boss biatches that I"m overloading people with detail, but I'd rather be able to say "I brought that up in my emails of May 20, June 14 and September 24. I'm unclear why you're asking about this today." (That last bit's a lie: I'm actually wondering how the hell you got to a position of responsibility with the reading skills of a four-year-old, and the attention to detail of a teenager whose breakfast consisted of pot, Mountain Dew and Skittles.)

Meanwhile, my boss sends emails that read like my niece's texts, often contradict herself (sometimes in the same email) and sometimes make no damn sense at all until you realize that she's talking about another project for a completely different client. She has no idea that people often treat messages differently based on whether they (as the recipient) are listed as "To:" or "cc:"; she also has no idea how to use email folders, which is a real pain since she's overseeing a couple dozen projects at any moment. Then she wonders why her project managers keep quitting.

* But if we're just chitchatting, yeah, some of the rules slip; it's the equivalent of watercooler conversation, after all.
 
2013-09-30 09:35:44 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Peki

I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."


I generally just use "Hello $NAME". It's better than "Hi!" and works irrespective of time zones.

Do you use the whole "morning/afternoon/evening" every time or do you choose the appropriate time descriptor on each message?


Choose appropriately, so now would be good morning, though if I were working in aerospace like I used to I may have tried to alter it according to local time of the receiver (Good afternoon for someone in France, where our parent company was located, for example. My memory is vague on what I actually did, but it wasn't an issue like it was at the bank).

I type 98+wpm, so I never learned macros like $NAME. I just type it out each time.
 
2013-09-30 09:36:42 AM

hodet: farkinoffdsm: People still use email outside of work? Who knew?

/can't be bothered
//put it in a Txt or stfu

So you don't deal with anyone over 30 on the internet?


Nope.
 
2013-09-30 10:05:44 AM

Peki: So scrolling the ipad text field is okay, but still can't start a post without clicking bold a couple times. But at least the post isn't actually bold, so there's an improvement.

Anywho: anytime I plug--a very masculine word if there ever was one--my writing into a gender analyzer, I always pop up a male, and I'm always being called "he" on Fark, even when my posts expressly state that I'm female. Between the degree in English combined with a tech and journalism background, I write in active voice almost automatically, though I have enough of a poet to mess with the rules sometimes. I tend to be a grammar nazi, but that's faded along with my skills; I need to go back to school so I can regain some of my leetnesss.

I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."


You use the pronoun "I" a lot. Maybe you should think of others a bit more, and yourself a bit less...

/kidding
 
2013-09-30 10:07:16 AM
I like to think that Dr. Saif Muhammad is the secret archenemy of Carlos Danger.
 
2013-09-30 10:11:26 AM

farkinoffdsm: People still use email outside of work? Who knew?

/can't be bothered
//put it in a Txt or stfu


As a general rule, anyone who sarcastically ask "People still do X?" are asshats.  You might be an exception, but I'm not betting on it.
 
2013-09-30 10:13:19 AM

Son of Thunder: How about people who "sign" their posts in online discussion threads?

=Smidge=


*snert*
 
2013-09-30 10:18:54 AM

Head_Shot: Peki: So scrolling the ipad text field is okay, but still can't start a post without clicking bold a couple times. But at least the post isn't actually bold, so there's an improvement.

Anywho: anytime I plug--a very masculine word if there ever was one--my writing into a gender analyzer, I always pop up a male, and I'm always being called "he" on Fark, even when my posts expressly state that I'm female. Between the degree in English combined with a tech and journalism background, I write in active voice almost automatically, though I have enough of a poet to mess with the rules sometimes. I tend to be a grammar nazi, but that's faded along with my skills; I need to go back to school so I can regain some of my leetnesss.

I also tend to be extremely formal in emails. At my last job I got teased for it, but omg I could not work for a bank and in all seriousness start an e-mail with "Hi!" No no no just no. The compromise was "Good morning/afternoon/evening."

You use the pronoun "I" a lot. Maybe you should think of others a bit more, and yourself a bit less...

/kidding


Yeah, that's exactly what the analyzer said.

/but it's the internet. So you all exist to entertain me. :)
 
2013-09-30 10:25:27 AM

SoupJohnB: Lady J: ive recently been dealing with someone at work who required a read receipt for every single email.

it made me quite irrationally annoyed

Talk about annoying, I was working for a large government agency when they rolled out a new, "enterprise-wide" email system.  Some official at the central hub would send out an agency-wide announcement, and the way it functioned at first, any yahoo in the field could send a pointless "reply all" response.  Which would set off a flurry...

"Due to the Federal holiday, payday will be on Thursday."

"That reminds me, I need to get some decorations for Timmy's birthday party"

"Hey, you hit reply all"

"Yeah, stop that"

"Everybody STFU!" etc.


I worked for a company that used these events to figure out who to lay off. -it's quite effective at giving you a list of idiots actually.
 
2013-09-30 10:37:14 AM

Lady J: ive recently been dealing with someone at work who required a read receipt for every single email.

it made me quite irrationally annoyed


If someone at work gets annoying with that sort of thing, it's time for Gonz' Fun With Outlook.

I reply, I request a read receipt myself, throw up voting buttons just because, encrypt the email so it won't show up in the Preview Pane, flag the message for the recipient so it populates their Outlook calendar and pops up a reminder, and direct replies to the guy in the office who gets vocal when someone emails him by mistake.

They normally get the hint pretty quick.
 
2013-09-30 10:49:06 AM

MassAsster: Coming to a world near you,
   scanning your social media for personality flaws to be used against you in the hiring process. Move along citizen, nothing to see here.. you wacko...


It's going to be weird when I say I don't have a facebook page isn't it?

/I miss parties
 
2013-09-30 10:56:01 AM

Peki


I type 98+wpm, so I never learned macros like $NAME. I just type it out each time.


*boggle*

It's not a macro; it's a way of expressing a variable and it's shorter than something like "Hello [recipient's name goes here]" in an example.

But congratulations on being a fast typist, I guess.
 
2013-09-30 11:03:04 AM
Did you know the way you do other things also says something about you? It's true!
 
2013-09-30 11:07:26 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Peki

I type 98+wpm, so I never learned macros like $NAME. I just type it out each time.


*boggle*

It's not a macro; it's a way of expressing a variable and it's shorter than something like "Hello [recipient's name goes here]" in an example.

But congratulations on being a fast typist, I guess.


Ah, like the fill-in for an Excel formula link. I need to take a few office application classes.

The typing helps, though not on the ipad. I need to be able to feel where the keys are. I may not know some shortcuts, but I can fly around a keyboard. At a call-center I worked for at any given time you had 19 windows open. Alt-tab was a lifesaver.
 
2013-09-30 11:16:19 AM
What does it say about the person who uses this as their Outlook stationery?

i.imgur.com

Yes, every email. Yes, the font is Comic Sans as well.
 
2013-09-30 11:36:18 AM

jayhawk88: What does it say about the person who uses this as their Outlook stationery?

[i.imgur.com image 850x464]

Yes, every email. Yes, the font is Comic Sans as well.


it depends on if she is hot, that screams daddy issues and it is a clue to act now. if she is a frumpy middle-aged office hag, just feel sorry for them. if it is a guy, well, good for them i guess.
 
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