Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Battles, Email

If you are going to subject your library coworkers to a fiery toned public email battle with another colleague, at least try to make it interesting. Nobody wants to read fifty back-and-forth argumentative emails about your use of the MARC record's 856 field. Consider your audience... use more expletives, insult the other person's cats, and ramp up the obvious sexual tension. Your readers deserve better.

7 comments:

Enrico Francese said...

That's because you americans are too polite and neat. The italian librarians maililing-list (AIB-CUR) is more funny. We miss sexual insults and we have far enough of politics (too much) but the incompetence and mind-narrowness shown by some writers are worth the reading. The bad side is that every flame-thread lasts 3-4 weeks maximum, then it gets forgotten.

Anonymous said...

My favorite email battle is the battle over using “reply all” as opposed to replying only to the email sender. Typically, someone sends an email, and then one person (sometimes more) “replies to all”. Inevitably, one or more people will then yell at this person to not “reply to all”. Of course, they do this using the “reply all” function, which contributes to the inbox overload. Classic!

Anonymous said...

DON'T FORGET CAPS LOCK PEOPLE.

Melanie said...

nice blog

Bitterly Books said...

What is the official policy regarding image files included in the e-mails?

If one is unable to muster suitably scathing invective or witty turns of phrase, is it acceptable to reply with a .JPG of a horse's ass?

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Suzie DeGrasse of said...

That is SO funny, because I was inadvertently the instigator of an 856 argument.