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Looks can be deceiving

Following a view of Inspector Gadget’s  cross & rude post it is clear that the trend in email management, acquisition and assassination is far wider than I could have imagined.

The senders of such importantly, irrelevant messages are trying to win the war on the deviant menace that is message deletion. Their strategy is to attach read-receipt tags so that for all the petulant low life who delete their messages without generous regard for the perceived importance of the content, they can then pass the responsibility for a just and suitable chastisement to the poor unfortunate ‘immediate supervisor’ to deal with this menace. The fact that the ‘I.S.’ is probably already overladen with a range of other meaningful and equally and vitally important other strategic things to do. This could mean that the vital and community saving information might just not be unavailable for the next management meeting and the whole world might come to a sudden and unexpected shuddering halt.

The answer  to this ? We will send out another message telling the troops exactly how important their information is, in the bigger picture that they clearly do not understand. We will also send another, equally vital message, to all the supervisors telling them how vitally important that they ensure that this information is sent back to the generally not busy and normally unhelpful but essentially important message sender. Supervisors who do not comply with the relevant instructions will be tied onto the ducking stool and accept their just desserts for failing to comply. Supervisors usually are given some credit for having at least a basic understanding of the bigger picture.

There is a wide variation, probably on a regional theme , from the desireable fishnet clad goddesses who prowl the corridors at Ruralshire Constabulary, presuming they actually leave their office sanctuaries,  to the slighty less attractive denizons that we here at CTC Constabulary are blessed with.

We would like this…………                                                                                    

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     But we have this……………………………

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One thing is for certain. You can gloss it up and make the package as eye catching as you want but the message is always the same. The first bite is with the eye, as they say, but looks can be deceiving.

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4 Responses

  1. WEB – see my comment on Gadget’s blog. If you can get your IS to do the same, so much the better…

  2. Captain. I’ve seen it and will try it out later today, thanks.

  3. Supervisor says “big who cares”, after deleting the email informing me of such indiscretions without reading it

  4. E-mail fun. . . if it is a general e-mail and has a “message read” receipt, delete yours unread and read someone else’s. Then when you get the shit-o-gram from said oxygen thief about your non-compliance you can say “Of course I read it”, and confuse them with your knowledge of what was contained in the message **their** information states you haven’t read.
    Some mail programmes also used to have a preview pane in which you could read the message without technically opening it, thus denying The Useless Ones of their all important receipt.
    Small minded? Yup. Childish? Undoubtedly. Pointless? Arguably. Fun? Indubitably! Besides, it’s about all we have left.
    Come the revolution brothers, come the revolution!

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