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jastroff
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4/4/2016 | 1:42:42 PM
Re: Email is a Bad Place for Jokes
Also, email is a communications system -- so people use it to communication to many people. There is no way to "explain" the joke once it has compromised your email

Whatg if the Aprils Fools joke had been Miscrosoft changing an important feture on WORD -- like changing "cut" to "copy" and vice-versa? Also not a good idea

 

 
TerryB
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4/4/2016 | 12:21:54 PM
Re: Email is a Bad Place for Jokes
I had to chuckle at your Subject. For consumers. the primary use for email has always been to send jokes. :-)

I know what you mean though, messing with a system used for a work function is not the greatest idea. Although do agree with @Banacek, if you got fired over this feature causing a problem, your job was probably in jeopardy anyway.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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4/2/2016 | 2:10:19 PM
Email is a Bad Place for Jokes
As a former consumer service email manager, email is a bad place for April 1 jokes, or any other "cute" features meant to be funny.

I always turned down all of those ideas, because the system is too important to have it compromised  - it's too wide-ranging, global and chatty -- from the outside, you can't always stop, but from the inside, you can stop.

Poor management decision by Google, acting more like 12 years olds. 
Banacek
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4/2/2016 | 11:57:26 AM
Seriously?
So, one person supposedly is sending a 'professional email' with a contract through Gmail? How professional is that?

Another "lost my job" because he never got replies from his boss on his email? In what perverse world does anyone think email is instaneous and 100% foolproof that "oh, you didn't reply to my email - no problem, you're fired" is the response? And, again, you're working through a gmail account?

 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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4/1/2016 | 2:10:15 PM
Ouch
I'm curious, did any IWeek editors get mic drop emails by mistake? Have the editors mentioned above re-hired employees fired because of a software bug? To be clear - this is definitely a bug, not a feature. :)
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