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Callout Post: Quit It With Your Action Required Emails

If you send me another [ACTION REQUIRED] email when the email does not require any action, you’re going to catch these hands.

Hello.

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you have also received an email message with [ACTION REQUIRED] in the subject line from any given CU organization. You’ve experienced that mini heart attack, flagged it on sight, and opened it to eagerly fill out a Google Form, except no such form is there.

You read through it again, searching for some sort of hyperlink, only to find empty promises and half-written words of a FUTURE form. Or, you’ve opened it to find that it is a reminder to fill out a form that you have ALREADY FILLED OUT.

Okay, I understand the purpose of [ACTION REQUIRED] emails. In fact, I have sent such emails before. The cap locks and bracket combination makes the email stand out, so the slackers in your organization will be enticed to actually read it. However, this feature should be a privilege, not a right; it should only be used for emails that actually require action.

I agree with discipline. I agree with making sure all “general body members” (who the fuck coined that?), participate. I agree with [ACTION REQUIRED] emails, but only when the email requires action. If you abuse the [ACTION REQUIRED] email privilege, I swear to god, I will not reply to your email nor will I be excited to attend your unrequired meeting.

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