Thursday, October 25, 2012

Auto-responding is hard

First bits of an email just in:

Dear Brendan Keefe<(>,<)>

Great news! Your Crucial memory order is packaged and ready to ship

On second inspection, though, that's almost cool enough to think about deploying in the same spirit as those typey things I've heard that the kids use, with their instant AOL messages and such. You know, lalcatz, or something?


Jack said...

Your order is packaged, and ready to ship?

That *is* great news!!!

Dr. kold_kadavr_flatliner, MD said...

Greetings, earthlings… We ROTE this {theeyebeam} to show how whorizontally corrupt the world has become and is a true story about sex in Heaven after we croak. C'mon, people. The Liar's a deceiver: ain't no sex in Hell, yet, puh-lenty of sex Upstairs for eternity. God bless you.

Brendan Keefe said...

@Jack: Just in case I wasn't clear enough, I was talking about the part at the end of the salutation -- <(>,<)> -- but yes, always nice to hear one's order is on the way.

@Dr. k: Greetings to you, too! Thanks for stopping by to enlighten us.

Jack said...

Oh, I know. My response was off topic. Sorry about that. I just think an exaltation of "GRATE NEWZ!!1!" is a bit much for "packaged and ready to ship."

Ready to ship? Great news?

Maybe they should wait to actually SHIP your order before starting in with the exhilaration and glee.

Brendan Keefe said...

OIC. Sorry to have missed your point.

I do like the notification concept itself. It's kind of like counting down the days to Christmas as a kid.

And, to be fair about it, I truncated the email, or you would have seen that they also sent along a tracking number.

We are, however, in violent agreement about "great." Not only does it bug me when people cheapen superlatives*, in a case like this it also suggests it was little short of a miracle that the company was able to take a product off a shelf and put it in a box.

*Have you noticed how no one makes software anymore? Everyone makes awesome software. And do you know how they improve this (already) awesome software? Not by working. By working hard.