Rt-users Digest, Vol 3, Issue 67

I will be out of the office from 1/21/04 to 1/26/04 and will return your
email as soon as I get back.

Thanks,
Greg
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I will be out of the office from 1/21/04 to 1/26/04 and will return your
email as soon as I get back.

Great, I hope you have fun. Although I believe that this message has
been sent to the global rt-users mailinglist in error. I’ve arranged
for the return of your message, though I’m betting that
you don’t want each and every one of the thousands of readers of this
mailinglist to return the copies they’ve received, as well.

Please don’t enable vacation messages for public mailinglists. It’s
quite annoying to the rest of us. And the enforcability of confidentiality
notices in unsolicited email messages is highly suspect. It’s one thing
to manually insert it into sensitive correspondence. It’s another to tag
mail sent to publically archived mailinglists with it.

Jesse Vincent
Best Practical

Thanks,
Greg
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And the enforcability of confidentiality
notices in unsolicited email messages is highly suspect. It’s one thing
to manually insert it into sensitive correspondence. It’s another to tag
mail sent to publically archived mailinglists with it.

Highly suspect indeed, if by highly suspect, you mean “completely
unenforcable and legally useless absent a prior agreement between
parties”.

Those dumb little notices are only there because corporate lawyers hope
it will scare people who don’t know any better into deleting things when
they fat finger thier keyboard.

One of my domains gets a lot of misdirected mail from a rather large
airline, complete with variants on those notices, and I usually reply to
them to let them know they screwed up, and mention something
about how I archive everything for my records and might put them online
someday. Some people have gotten amusingly upset by that…

-j

Jamie Lawrence jal@jal.org
"… in making the freedom-for-safety swap, we haven’t just dishonored
the dead of 9/11. We’ve helped something else die too."

  • Nick Gillespie