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2014-07-03 02:30:35 PM
That OOF auto reply seems to be wearing some sort of short brimmed hat
 
2014-07-03 02:34:20 PM
And here I am stuck in this thread like a sucker.
 
2014-07-03 02:42:36 PM
Whoever wrote that article really needs a vacation.
 
2014-07-03 02:43:57 PM
I always leave a simple "Go look for <insert name of hard to find person or someone else on vacation> in my absence" It usually keeps them distracted until I get back.
 
2014-07-03 02:48:48 PM
That's a lot of sour grapes right there.

Bad jokes are bad, but not rage inducing. If you want to kill someone for them letting you know they are enjoying themselves, you have issues.
 
2014-07-03 03:16:54 PM
Green arrows? What does that mean?
 
2014-07-03 03:25:13 PM

cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?


Automatic replies in Outlook I think.
 
2014-07-03 03:32:38 PM

cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?


You can't be serious, but if you are, green arrows is how the old "farky" plugin/addon used to mark posts that included your name. The more you had in a thread, the more popular you were, or the more agitating you were that you got so many bites.
 
2014-07-03 03:53:35 PM
It certainly doesn't induce rage on my part.  If anything, I feel sorry for people who feel the need to do that.

In a similar vein, the people on my team seem compelled to overshare in their "where am I?" heads up emails.

I really do not need to know you're getting a colonoscopy or pap smear.  And yes, I have gotten those emails.
 
2014-07-03 05:07:46 PM
Sorry I can't respond to your emails right now. I'm home banging the hell outta your spouse.
 
2014-07-03 05:07:52 PM
Lighten up, Caitlin.
 
2014-07-03 05:08:31 PM
s2.quickmeme.com
 
2014-07-03 05:09:02 PM
TFA author needs to remove the stick from his/her ass.  Oh no, the person you emailed is excited about their trip to the Alps.  What a dick.
 
2014-07-03 05:09:56 PM

jaylectricity: cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?

You can't be serious, but if you are, green arrows is how the old "farky" plugin/addon used to mark posts that included your name. The more you had in a thread, the more popular you were, or the more agitating you were that you got so many bites.


And the old "Farky" plougin/addon was so popular, Fark made it a feature.
 
2014-07-03 05:10:15 PM
She's mad at a lot of dumb stuff.  I say I'm on vacation simply because it means I'm less likely to respond.  And yes, I've said "I'm out of the country with no access to email" because otherwise people expect you to reply at some point.  That said, I've never said I'm on a beach or where I am, just vacation.

/she's upset her email is part of the sea of banality
 
2014-07-03 05:12:16 PM
Caitlin sounds jelly and bitter and should probably just get well laid.
 
2014-07-03 05:15:53 PM
When I retired, I changed my voice mail greeting to begin, "You've reached the voice mail of George Wright; your call is important to---wait, no it's not; I retired...."  That was over three years ago, and, as of a few moments ago, it's still active.

/410-617-2749
 
2014-07-03 05:18:03 PM

cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?


It means that Cryinoutloud, you have failed this thread!
 
2014-07-03 05:18:51 PM
Diogenes:
I really do not need to know you're getting a colonoscopy or pap smear.  And yes, I have gotten those emails.

What is wrong with people? At most they could say they have a doctor's appointment or even just say "I have an appointment". Most bosses aren't going to pry into why you're going to the doctor. I don't get the over-sharing, especially with something that's so obviously no one else's business.
 
2014-07-03 05:19:20 PM
akaawol.com

/get off my lawn
 
2014-07-03 05:19:25 PM

stumpwiz: When I retired, I changed my voice mail greeting to begin, "You've reached the voice mail of George Wright; your call is important to---wait, no it's not; I retired...." That was over three years ago, and, as of a few moments ago, it's still active.

/410-617-2749


Retiring in true FARKER form.....now that's something I can respect...
 
2014-07-03 05:19:44 PM
Who the hell is so lazy at work that they have time to get creative with their auto-responder?
 
2014-07-03 05:21:52 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-03 05:24:26 PM

moothemagiccow: Who the hell is so lazy at work that they have time to get creative with their auto-responder?


Some people set these up on their own time and dime.

Also is it a false modesty joke if you are on Maternity leave, and make a crack about having to clean up baby vomit?
 
2014-07-03 05:25:44 PM
People actually put where they're going when OOTO?  I wouldn't WANT my coworkers to know where I am, or how to contact me.

/reading the above statement, now I'm considering having the OOO message up permanently while at work
 
2014-07-03 05:31:04 PM
I have no problem with emails like that at all. And I wil never bother somebody on vacation that is a dick move. Ex boss used to bug me all the time I would tunr off my phone during the day.
 
2014-07-03 05:32:32 PM
Ummm hi, this is ummm someone you don't know. You work with one of my friends. I just wanted to tell you that you'll need to replace all your electronics when you get home. That means your answering machine too. And your wife's underwear drawer might need to be restocked. Oh, and thanks for putting your whole coin collection in this desk drawer. That really helped speed things up. Okay, that's all I wanted to say. Have a nice vacation.

M-K-Bye
 
2014-07-03 05:34:12 PM

groppet: I have no problem with emails like that at all. And I will never bother somebody on vacation that is a dick move. Ex boss used to bug me all the time I would turn off my phone during the day.


I only bother a boss when they've called me first, and we found out that there turned out to be a problem because of something that needed to get done without having a note left to get it done. Then I do my best to give them headache alleviation, because that's what I would want.
:D
 
2014-07-03 05:34:30 PM
I am currently out of the office. For immediate assistance, go to Helen Waite.
 
2014-07-03 05:35:52 PM
37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-03 05:35:58 PM
"Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about every single little thing that annoys her whiny self-centered self because she thinks the world is dying to read every word of her poorly-wrought rants about the people who bring their own tea bags to restaurants,
overly sexual gargoyles and their potential impact on the young, and cats.
 
2014-07-03 05:46:00 PM

stumpwiz: When I retired, I changed my voice mail greeting to begin, "You've reached the voice mail of George Wright; your call is important to---wait, no it's not; I retired...."  That was over three years ago, and, as of a few moments ago, it's still active.

/410-617-2749


Heh. I called and yup, there it is. Funny stuff.
 
2014-07-03 05:48:02 PM
Never forget: I can find your bathroom and sh*t in the floor. Yea, I'm that good.

/Jesus gave me a talent......................
 
2014-07-03 05:50:53 PM
I've been working in offices for over 20 years and have never encountered a smug out-of-office auto-reply.
 
2014-07-03 05:53:08 PM
Boy, there really is no end to peoples pet peeves is there. If something this trivial get on your nerves, go get counseling.
 
2014-07-03 05:54:14 PM

theknuckler_33: I've been working in offices for over 20 years and have never encountered a smug out-of-office auto-reply.


Seriously. Not 20 years yet, but THIS.

I bet this article started from an OOO from her friend Becky. She is always showing off how rich her family is. She doesn't even like the ocean. Whatever, Becky. Whatever.
 
2014-07-03 05:54:43 PM
At least she's being honest.
 
2014-07-03 05:55:27 PM

Diogenes: It certainly doesn't induce rage on my part.  If anything, I feel sorry for people who feel the need to do that.

In a similar vein, the people on my team seem compelled to overshare in their "where am I?" heads up emails.

I really do not need to know you're getting a colonoscopy or pap smear.  And yes, I have gotten those emails.


Subject: Where is El Dudereno?

Hi,

I'm in stall #4 grunting out last night's steak and baked potato while browsing fark on my phone. If you need me, come on in and start talking to me over the stall like my last male manager used to do.

Thanks.
 
2014-07-03 05:57:37 PM

jaylectricity: cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?

You can't be serious, but if you are, green arrows is how the old "farky" plugin/addon used to mark posts that included your name. The more you had in a thread, the more popular you were, or the more agitating you were that you got so many bites.


Good times.
 
2014-07-03 05:58:12 PM
I don't see the problem here, at least people are attempting some creativity. Just as there are plenty of bad someecards, there are going to be poor attempts on the auto-reply front as well.

If they're like me, they're probably just trying to get people to actually pay attention to the auto-reply. I've had plenty of people completely ignore it, and when I get back I'll see a "can you please reply ASAP!?" message sent after they would have received the auto-reply.

So I do two things now... I'm in our IT support department so I include a tech tip below my "I'm gone until X" messsage, highlighting some new system/feature or linking to one of our tipsheets ("three easy steps for creating PDFs that aren't 4MB per page"). I've received a lot of positive feedback on that. I also send a blank message to myself right after I post the auto-reply so I have an easy marker for when I get back, to quickly know which messages would have received the auto-reply.

And I never do auto-replies for external email addresses, only internal. No need to confirm to the 247 IT vendor sales reps constantly pinging me that they have a valid email address, let alone giving them yet another target when I list my alternate contact.
 
2014-07-03 06:01:44 PM
Who gets creative with this shiat?  I've been lectured for not leaving enough information.

"Hi, I'm out until July 10.  -Lsherm"

That's all you need.
 
2014-07-03 06:04:07 PM

nmrsnr: That's a lot of sour grapes right there.

Bad jokes are bad, but not rage inducing. If you want to kill someone for them letting you know they are enjoying themselves, you have issues.


Hey Fred, do you have the report?


Automaitc reply:


Peasant,


It appears you're regrettably wallowing away in work whilst I the great Fred am on an amazing vacation in Hawaii with my family. If this is Ian, you don't even have a family and you can scarcely afford the ramen you cook in the microwave for lunch every day, it's pretty pathetic. Anyway if you want to talk to me, you could dial me on my latest iPhone with the platinum case and I might take a break from my amazing vacation to answer, but if you're not feeling like a lottery winner you're better off contacting another poor soul at the office like my pathetic assistant Janet. I would put her email address here for easy access but I'm too busy having a filet mignon at the best steakhouse in town. Maybe someday you'll be able to afford a filet mignon in the best steakhouse in the piss poor suburb you commute from every day from your meager apartment, you worms.
I'll be back in the office sometime. When? I shan't say because I'm too engulfed in my amazing vacation and I cannot recall my schedule, nor do I need to because I have Janet, whom I've already referred you to, and she'll look at my calendar and let you know that it's completely booked and there's no way that you'll ever get an answer from me because I'm so god damned important.


Yours,


Lord Fred
 
2014-07-03 06:10:22 PM

Lsherm: Who gets creative with this shiat?  I've been lectured for not leaving enough information.

"Hi, I'm out until July 10.  -Lsherm"

That's all you need.


Suggesting someone else to contact in your absence if they can't wait until you return is usually a good idea too.
 
2014-07-03 06:14:22 PM

theknuckler_33: Lsherm: Who gets creative with this shiat?  I've been lectured for not leaving enough information.

"Hi, I'm out until July 10.  -Lsherm"

That's all you need.

Suggesting someone else to contact in your absence if they can't wait until you return is usually a good idea too.


Yeah, that's why I got lectured.
 
2014-07-03 06:14:59 PM
I'm sorry that my out-of-office email spoke of doing fun things. I just didn't want anyone to expect my vacation was actually just 5 bottles of scotch and 45 hours of TV and movies.

best vacation ever!
 
2014-07-03 06:17:22 PM
Wait -- you tried to get ahold of me for work while i was on vacation? And somehow "I'M" the asshole?
 
2014-07-03 06:22:07 PM

jaylectricity: cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?

You can't be serious, but if you are, green arrows is how the old "farky" plugin/addon used to mark posts that included your name. The more you had in a thread, the more popular you were, or the more agitating you were that you got so many bites.


I'm going to come clean and admit it. I did not know that, and I've been around for a long, long time.

You learn something new every day. And I'm sure I'm going to learn even more week after next when I'm on a fantastic vacation.
 
2014-07-03 06:22:13 PM

cryinoutloud: Green arrows? What does that mean?


I've been here since about 2000 (lurking) and I don't know what it's supposed to mean either.
 
2014-07-03 06:24:33 PM
My solution was to find a job where I never see any coworkers and set my own schedule.

So far it's awesome.
 
2014-07-03 06:26:09 PM
Never worked somewhere where people set snarky OoO replies...

Don't think I would care much regardless unless their being out made more work for me.
 
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