This post is not about clothes.
I get annoyed at those threads that hang off your hem and tickle the back of your leg but you can never find them when you look. . . . but that's not exactly blog worthy.
E-mail threads aren't blog worthy either, but that's what I am writing about.
I was out of the office last week.
I returned to 276 e-mails.
At first I thought that the high volume of e-mails was due to my critically important job and the fact that I need to be "in the know" on several salient issues.
Then I figured out the high volume of calls was due to a disprortionate amount of dumb-asses who hit "REPLY ALL".
Sometimes REPLY ALL is a valuable tool. REPLY ALL is helpful when you need everyone on the thread to know something.
Original E-Mail (sent to 30 e-mail addresses): "Can anyone cite the regulation mandating student fees? I can't find it"
REPLY ALL: "It's in the GIPWE, Chapter 3. It also lists exceptions" This is a very good use of REPLY ALL.
Most of my e-mails looked like this:
REPLY ALL: "Thanks" (Poor use of REPLY ALL)
REPLY ALL: "I don't know where it is. Hope someone else does". (Very poor use of REPLY ALL.)
REPLY ALL: "Hey Sender! Did you know that someone parked in your space this morning?" (WTF use of REPLY ALL)
REPLY ALL: "I know -- I totally had to park in the handicapped space this morning! LOL!" (WTF use of REPLY ALL plus one LOL infraction, plus Sender is an asshole for parking in a handicapped space.)
After getting through at least 80 REPLY ALLs, plus the weekday lunch menus, stupid chain jokes and the notice about the Kindergarten's Easter Party, I had about 30 real e-mails.
I am just not that important.