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Jo Bannister

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Grumpy old git?
« on: February 03, 2020, 07:45:25 PM »
Can't decide if I'm a grumpy old git (of the female persuasion) or a champion of civilised behaviour.  Votes please.

The new editor of a magazine produced by a boating organisation I belong to was appealing desperately for contributions.  I wrote him one, and sent it as an e-mail attachment.  Something clearly went wrong, because although I saw it leave apparently it didn't reach him.  And I got an e-mail back consisting, in its entirety, of two words: No attachment.

Which - those of you who know me won't be surprised to learn - annoyed me.  So I wrote back:

I've no attachment to you, either, John.  But if you'll take the trouble to write a proper e-mail to someone who's trying to help you, they just might reply.

So which is it: grump or champion?  Or grumpy champion, which would look well enough on anyone's tombstone.

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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 08:00:41 PM »
Oh, I think grumpy champion is about right  ;-)

Even a very sparse 'Your attachment seems to be missing' would only take a second longer and probably not trigger an automatic lash-back response.

Reminds me of an early morning exchange between our lad doing the bread slicing and one of the delivery drivers.  That particular driver only had one thick sliced loaf in his entire load, and quite often the slicer lad forgot it.   The driver was an irascible sod and really kicked off.

So the slicer lad did the one thick first thing, and as soon as the driver came in, still hung over and barely alive, slammed it down on the table in front of him, saying "You're thick!"

To which the driver replied.  "Maybe so, but you're ugly.  I'm going to night school to cure my problem.  What are you doing about yours?"

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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2020, 08:36:45 PM »
Nether. Culture. 99.9% of the time that happens when the sender forgot. In business, a common response would be a reply saying "no attachment" as a nudge that would normally be responded to with a "whoops" in an email with the attachment ... attached.

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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2020, 12:06:45 AM »
I have no idea why it happens, but half the time Dick sends me something via email with an attachment, the attachment doesn't arrive or doesn't work.

Is this a paid gig or are you doing a favor? If it is a paid gig, you might have been a bit over-reactive. If it is a volunteer thing, the person asking for a favor needs to do so in the language you speak.
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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2020, 07:41:58 AM »
I have no idea why it happens ...

That cannot be true surely?  :)

Once you get beyond 1) sender forgot or, 2) removed by AV before delivery, you are surely staring some bizarre sci-fi explanation in the face. 

2020 A Space Oddesy Oddity 

HAL, give me my sodding attachment back!

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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2020, 09:49:10 AM »
I don't know about the technicalities.  My account says it went - and the response I got showed it still there. 

No, it was a freebie - I was trying to help someone out.

And frankly, even if I had been stupid, I would expect more courtesy than this.  You might call it culture: I call it rudeness.

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Re: Grumpy old git?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2020, 12:06:50 PM »
When someone is doing a favor, they deserve even more careful tending.


Mark, I don't know why I can see an "attachment" that isn't attached. There has to be some programming something or other, but I cannot figure out what it would be. I don't know of any coding that is for "here is an attachment you can't open, hahahaha".
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