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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday August 14, 2002
11:00 PM

How to write email

[ #7103 ]
Dear Log,

«Some people write emails all in lower case with no punctuation. This is intended to give the impression that they're incredibly busy, but in fact makes people think they're the sort of person who drools when they talk.»

--"How to use email"

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  • If they use short lines then some people might think they are the soul of a vers libre poet trapped in the body of a cockroach.
  • Does that mean I secretly want people to drool when they refer to me in writing? Sounds pretty deep-seated...

  • ...cute article :)

    It got me thinking of my own pet peeves in the email department. Number one on my list is attachments of word documents which contain only text... which could have been placed in the body of the message.

    I get a handfull of these every week where I work. It bugs me.

    The only thing worse is that a few weeks back I received an email with an attached word document, a single sentance of content in the body of the email message, followed by this sentance of non-content in the body:

    > Ingor
    • Along similar lines, it really raises my hackles when there's 4-5 mails to the local Linux users' group list that are one or two lines with Jepoardy quoted contents of all of the previous messages.

      T LEARN TO FRELLING CUT DOWN IRRELEVANT DETAILS

      Ahem. Sorry.

      • Everyone I work with seems to do the same. It's sickening. Worse is that the 'standard' email client (Lotus Notes) also re-sends all the attachments each time. What a waste of bandwidth, storage, and backup time/space!

        Making matters worse is that folks don't get the point of shared volumes. Instead of putting a 10MB Access database on "the public drive", they'll email it to three folks, then engage in a conversation via email with 10MB attachments being duplicated for each recipient each time someone sends
    • Almost as bad as plaintext in word - people taking a screenshot (via the Alt-PrtScrn or whatever that it), pasting it into a Word document and emailing THAT. Augh!
      • ...especially when the screenshot was something they could have copy pasted. This happened to me last week with a CGI script error message. Guess they didn't know their browser would let them copy text, and they didn't know they could type it directly, and they didn't know they could attach the screenshot directly instead of embedding it in Word.

        Sure is fun to bitch sometimes :)

        Getting off the subject of email, I once had someone send me some copy for a web page in a word document (which is perfectly acc