The Emailing Dead

, , , , , | Working | July 30, 2018

(Everyone in the team uses the same shared email account, so when a new message arrives with a request that needs handling, the first person who opens it is supposed to deal with it. If we open something by mistake, or it’s a more serious issue and we decide we don’t have the time, the knowledge, or the authority to handle it, we are supposed to mark it as unread. I receive a message from my coworker.)

Coworker: “Oh, my God! I opened this email about [some complicated issue], and I have no idea what it even means. What am I supposed to do with it?”

Me: “No big deal. Either ask someone to show you what to do, or leave it for someone else.”

What I mean to type next: “Just mark it as unread.”

What I actually type: “Just mark it as undead.”

Me: *three seconds later, realizing what I sent* “I’m coming over with the holy water.”

(I walked over to there a minute later to find her giggling uncontrollably.)

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