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why an out of office that says hi or thank you

 
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I've been mildly curious about this for a while so thought I'd ask. Whenever we send out book promo e-mails, we get out of office replies. Some are expected - they say the recipient is out of the office (in a variety of languages.) Others look like the following examples. Can anyone enlighten me as to the purpose of such a message?

Subject: Regarding your e-mail Re: Book Promo: Flex 3 with Java
Body:
Thank you very much, for giving me opportunity to have your email.
I will reply you soon...
Take Care!!



Subject: Successfully Recieved Re: Book Promo: Flex 3 with Java
Body:
This is a System Generated Mail.Your Massage Has Been Successfully Received.



Subject: hi i will be back to u very soon Re: Book Promo: Flex 3 with Java
Body:
thank u
i am offline at this moment soon i will send a mail to u

 
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why an out of office that says hi or thank you


Out of habit, maybe. I generally start with Hi and end my messages with thank you/regards..

OOO is generally a vacation time and normally we write our OOO messages during the last hours at office. Some of our happiness, perhaps, shows in the message that we write;

Or maybe we try to be good and kind to the guys who will be staying in office
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I've been mildly curious about this for a while so thought I'd ask. Whenever we send out book promo e-mails, we get out of office replies. Some are expected - they say the recipient is out of the office (in a variety of languages.) Others look like the following examples. Can anyone enlighten me as to the purpose of such a message?



Thank you very much, for giving me opportunity to have your email.
I will reply you soon...
Take Care!


Well, since I happen to know a rather attractive woman whose proper name (rendered in the Roman alphabet) is, in fact, "Care", I take this as an exhortation to action. Except that, well, she's already married. Bummer.

This is a System Generated Mail.Your Massage Has Been Successfully Received.


OK, for the last one, it's possible that I was just imagining an improper interpretation. This time, I'm not imagining anything - the impropriety is right there for all to see.

(I'm sure it was just a regular massage, from a reputable, licensed massage therapist. Right.)

i am offline at this moment soon i will send a mail to u


I see what you did there. Oh, so the rules are for other people. ;)
 
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I think unless maybe you're in sales, you should never use an OOO message. They're bloody annoying to people who run mailing lists, as Jeanne points out, and they're pointless otherwise. Like I would want anyone to know whether I'm in or not. If I don't answer your mail, maybe I'm ignoring you, maybe I'm not. That's part of the package, baby!

Plus who is ever actually totally out of the office these days?
 
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Monu Tripathi wrote:Some of our happiness, perhaps, shows in the message that we write;


I agree...

Mike Simmons wrote:Thank you very much, for giving me opportunity to have your email.
I will reply you soon...
Take Care!
Well, since I happen to know a rather attractive woman whose proper name (rendered in the Roman alphabet) is, in fact, "Care", I take this as an exhortation to action. Except that, well, she's already married. Bummer.


 
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Your Massage Has Been Successfully Received.



I have heard of people who are into Reiki. But a massage over the tubes?
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:

Your Massage Has Been Successfully Received.



I have heard of people who are into Reiki. But a massage over the tubes?



Hey ! wheres my massage ?
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:

i am offline at this moment soon i will send a mail to u


I see what you did there. Oh, so the rules are for other people. ;)


I was trying to quote it verbatim. As i did with the "massage" one .
 
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Some more interesting/funny ones. (I'm going through them this week since we changed the "from" address so I can manually reply to ones that need a human being the first time to get on the whitelist.)

Subject: Thanks
Body: Thank you for your mail.
Will reply as soon ........



Subject: XXX no longer works here.
Body: I will be out of the office starting 04/01/2008 and will not return until 05/05/2011.

I no longer work for xxxx. If you need to contact me, try xxxxx



Subject: <name of person>
Body: <their resume>



I also had several unsubscribe requests from people who did not read the instructions on how to unsubscribe and a request from someone to do a promo with us in the future. (From which I learned that it is worth adding more filters to find useful replies in the future.)
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:

Subject: <name of person>
Body: <their resume>





LOL!
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:They're bloody annoying to people who run mailing lists, as Jeanne points out, and they're pointless otherwise.


Now that I think about it - what bothers me is the non-standard subject. The people who used the traditional "XXX is out of the office" are fine because the filter deletes them. The "Joe re: your subject" ones are problematic. I can't just delete all "re:" ones as sometimes they are real replies or unsubscribe requests.
 
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I am not sure of these activities in other countries. But in India, it has become quite a tradition these days just to indicate that the concerned recipient is NOT present at the moment.

As some one else already pointed out, it was supposed to intimate an alternate for any specific project specific action to be taken during his absence.


This is a System Generated Mail.Your Massage Has Been Successfully Received.



This is perfectly a configured email (SMTP Server) policy of the corporate email servers. -- As far as I know.

I do sometimes feel little different and tried controlling my laughter after looking at the following one


I am on leave from XXXX and will NOT return until YYYYYY.



Is this a warning or what?
 
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