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Sometimes I send multiple emails with just one question each but that just seems so silly.
Usually I put the questions (as short as I can make them) in a numbered or bulleted list. Then, if necessary. I'll reply something like, "Thank you. I will continue to work on this task when I also get answers to questions 2, 3 and 4."
Never be so foolish as to put more than one question in one sentence, or even in one paragraph.
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Yeah, people are a PITA, especially customers.
I've once read some advice to only ask one question per email and put that question in the very last sentence.
No "thanks in advance" or "looking forward to your reply", just end with the question.
The quickest way to get an answer is usually to walk up to them or pick up the phone.
And, if you do that, don't forget to confirm their answers in an email or they'll deny everything they answered next week.
I'm saving up to go with early retirement, become a hermit, and never deal with people again
yes, and it drives me bonkers. As others have said, I've taken the time to ask the questions; I wouldn't ask them if I didn't need the answers; you're the one who will suffer if I make a wrong assumption or am delayed because you don't answer. It just makes no sense to me.
Then again, (outside of work) I have a supervisor who refuses to make any type of decision, ever, or express any opinion, or do anything for which he could he held responsible. I've been off sick for a few weeks, now ready to return, and wanted to do a half-day as a gentle way back in. The rostering system doesn't include half-day duties, you have to ask for them to be setup. I emailed stating I was recovering well and "would you please set up a half-day turn for me on the system." After 72 hours he responded thus: "Noted. Thank you for the update". WTF??
Seriously? A dash? I know some languages support that (I think Ruby? ) but really, can we get with modern and more standard keys that are easily serializable from the object? Now I'll have to code attributes for the key names.
i ran into the same problem with XML and at one point had developed a complex naming and case transformation system that could split on camel, title, even CAPS_UNDERSCORE casing and transform to any of those, and it handled embedded "-"s by using XML serialization attributes
It seems like a lot of work, and it is, but something like that, if you're doing a lot of serialization like this, might become inevitable.
I'm not sure how it would all translate to JSON either - i guess that depends on what your JSON serialization code/lib looks like.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.