(un)professional e-mail skills -- was Re: JOB: Linux System Administrator

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 23:42:17 MDT 2010

Wht dd u sai?

On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:40 PM, Stuart Jansen <sjansen at buscaluz.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-09-16 at 22:58 -0600, Michael Torrie wrote:
>> Almost without exception when someone in the management hierarchy
>> replies to my email with top-posting it signifies that he or she
>> did not read anything I wrote and is just replying to what he or
>> she thought I said.
> Putting an image of a Web page in a Word document and attaching it to an
> email in order to share a login url. Submitting a bid to a Linux company
> as an MS Publisher file. (Publisher?!) Requiring all attachments to be
> zipped but have a zipp extension so that they'll make it past the
> corporate anti-virus filter. Treating the CC: field like a corporate
> version of Katamari Damacy. Multi-paragraph emls wrtn lik txt msgs. lol!
> I've seen plenty of silly email behavior, as has everyone who deals with
> corporate email.
> But...
> If I could eliminate one thing it would be top posting. Far too often
> what could have been a simple exchange requiring a couple messages turns
> into a multi-day, sometimes even multi-week affair attempting to ask the
> same set of questions multiple ways until they're all answered or
> rendered irrelevant.
> I've tried many solutions.
> (1) Numbering topics.
> (2) Limiting important content to single sentence paragraphs.
> (3) Sending multiple message, one per new thread of discussion.
> (4) Etc.
> While it sometimes helps a little, it's a amazing how stubbornly some
> people insist on replying without reading and understanding the entire
> message first.
> --
> Stuart Jansen <sjansen at buscaluz.org>
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