|I've ranted about twatty email signatures before, but sat here looking at one that has made me think of something else too.
This may be the most irritating email ever received (or one of many as I've had 12 from the same person today (each one has contained one, one line sentence aside from the signature)).
Firstly, the actual email is written in comic sans. Bad enough, but then comes the signature.
envelope icon followed by full postal address
telephone icon, the word 'Tel.', then the telephone number including international dialing code and internal extension number
some icon I don't recognise, the word 'Fax:', then fax number including international dialing code
another icon I cannot work out, the word 'Mobile:', then mobile number including international dialing code
computer icon, the word 'E-mail :', then clickable mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
world icon, the word 'Web :', then clickable url for the company website
And then at the end is an image of a green frog holding up a big red foot and the text (as part of the image) 'BEFORE PRINTING THIS E-MAIL please consider the environment'.
All very irritating and unnecessary stuff, particularly as she works downstairs from me, but between the website and the image are two more lines;
Team Name - Winner Best Technical Team 2010
Team Name - Winner Best Overall Team 2010
Now, aside from these two awards having no significance whatsoever within the company, let alone outside of it, they are 4 years old now. It's time to move on.
Whenever I see things like this, signs in businesses, especially restaurants or fast food places, "Localville Take Away of the Year 2008" for example, I always think to myself why no more since? What has happened since then, have you got a bit sh*t, clearly not been best for a long time, if it has been that many years then maybe I'd better have a look around for somewhere else to eat.
It's even worse if they have two or three from a number of years ago. Just one, maybe the awards committee like to share them around, perhaps they're just attaboys and everyone eventually gets one. But if you won in 2006 and 2007 and still display those signs I just think that you must have really gone downhill in the years since.
How long after winning something does not winning anything else make the thing you did win reflect badly upon you?
Yeah, I'm bored. I've spent most of the day responding to one sentence emails.
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.