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From Tom Jordahl <>
Subject RE: Out of Office messages
Date Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:58:14 GMT
In fairness to those (like myself) who set these messages, there is an expectation that email
is 'near-realtime' these days, and if someone sends a message and is expecting a response,
then it is polite (in the US at least) to set those expectations much lower when you are on

We can complain all we want about mail systems that (incorrectly) send these vacation responses
to mailing lists, but often those in the business world are stuck using the tools we have
at our disposal, and sometimes those tools are lame.  Sometimes they aren't.  For instance,
my employer (Adobe) just upgraded me to Exchange 2007, which allows me to set an OOO message
for internal and external mail differently (or not at all for external).  I think this is
very cool.

Tom Jordahl

-----Original Message-----
From: Deepal jayasinghe []
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2008 1:44 AM
Subject: Re: Out of Office until Tuesday 07/25/2008 (returning 07/25/2008)

+1 for the mail.
> Whenever I see these emails, I was tempted to reply to them with just
> two words "Who cares" or "So what" :D
> There are three ways one can easily overcome this.
> 1. Be kind to others and stop setting auto-replies when you are on
> vacation. Seems some people doesn't wanna do this as if they wanna let
> the whole world know that they are on vacation, which is pathetic :(
> But I can understand this can happen by mistake, which I think is OK ....
> 2. Filter out those messages from apache mail server itself, which I
> don't know how to do.
> 3. Set my own mail filters, which I have done already.
> Sometimes it is also annoying when some people put their 10 lines
> designation as if they think there designation matters in opensource
> mailing lists. I really feel sorry about them too :)
> Chinthaka
> On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 6:36 PM, Martin <
> <>> wrote:
>     I literally have about 1000 of these incredibly annoying "Im on
>     vacation" email messages
>     Is there any way we can Filter these off so those of us in the
>     REAL world dont have to deal with this message?
>     Warm Regards
>     Martin
>     Etats Unis/das Amerika
>         ----- Original Message -----
>         *From:* Mukundan Desikan <>
>         *To:* <>
>         *Sent:* Tuesday, July 01, 2008 12:49 PM
>         *Subject:* AUTO: Out of Office until Tuesday 07/25/2008
>         (returning 07/25/2008)
>         I am out of the office until 07/25/2008.
>         I will be out of office until Friday 07/25/2008 .I will have
>         limited access to emails.Will respond to your emails when i
>         return.
>         For any urgent issues related to web services please contact
>         Dharmesh Bhakta.
>         Note: This is an automated response to your message "*[jira]
>         Commented: (AXIS2-3883) file handles not being closed after
>         successful call to webservice"* sent on *7/1/08 6:49:44*.
>         This is the only notification you will receive while this
>         person is away.
> --
> With Mettha,
> Eran Chinthaka
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> Health is the greatest gift; contentment is the greatest wealth;
> trusting is the best relationship; nirvana is the highest joy. -
> Dhammapada


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