Email Disclaimers

You know those frigging stupid 20-line disclaimers that lots of corporates and law-talking guys1 type insist on putting at the end of their emails? I wonder how much bandwidth would be saved if there was a simple link to a disclaimer policy on a Web server instead of attaching it to the end of every single stupid email. Not that I advocate such disclaimer monstrosities—quite the opposite—but if you’re going to do it, at least be as considerate as possible. I had 7 messages total >200k the other day because it was (1) HTML email, (2) top-posted and quoted the entire previous email, and (3) consisted of 98% email disclaimer and 2% content.

I understand the argument that bandwidth and storage is a technological constraint and that we shouldn’t bitch about archiving 200k because we have 500GB desktop hard disk drives these days, but there’s waste, and then there’s waste.

End rant. Back to happy coding land and preparing slides for Linux.conf.au! (You are going, right! If not, why not?)

1 Note to law-talking guys: I don’t have a beef with you, I have a beef with your people.

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