[linux-elitists] out of orifice autoreplies
Tue Jan 7 07:42:46 PST 2003
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 16:29:32 -0800
From: Eric Murray <email@example.com>
On Tue, Jan 07, 2003 at 12:46:44AM +0100, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> On Mon, 6 Jan 2003, Eric Murray wrote:
>>> that solves the problem for me, but then punishing email-ignorant
>>> people doesn't give me much of a thrill.
>Exactly why you shouldn't waste your time. They probably have no
>clue what they did or why you are mad at them.
>> Email-ignorant people who need to use out of orifice autoreplies for their
>> business can be expected to understand the basics of courtesy.
>I'm guessing you meant "can not". I sometimes deal with people
>who are new to the internet and email. They are nice people who are
>knowledgable in their field, but they know nothing about email etiquette.
. . .
Another angle: I lurk in a list for librarians, where most
subscribers are women whose knowledge of computing generally stops at
basic e-mail & Google. When someone screws up (usually by enabling
HTML or MIME), I may ask off-list if the innocent knows how her
messages are being displayed. And I offer to help.
A woman almost always replies with something like `Uh-oh! How can I
turn it off?'
A man is most unlikely to answer, & if he does reply I can bet on
irritation. Or rabies.
Must be a lesson in there, somewhere.
Ob-mention: My offer of help always includes a diffident remark that
I'm no expert in WinDOSe, as I run only Linux. That may be the first
brick out of the OS sidewalk.
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