The Horrors of Covering Your Own Ass
Today I emailed a very simple question to [email protected][companyname].com (2 sentences total). The automated response I got back was this:
Keep in mind that the above was an auto-response and:
- It’s hard to read.
- Everything has the same import (e.g. none of it is important enough to call out separately).
- It’s long.
- It added absolutely-zero value.
- I’m still waiting for a human response.
I learned long ago that auto-responses are always sent to cover-your-own-ass and therefore are completely worthless in the practical sense. I know, because I also use them from time-to-time! …and I always feel personal shame when I use them (rightfully so!).
In the case above, I would have been happier with no response until the actual human response that will likely simply be a single sentence: “Yes.”
p.s. Here’s another Cover Your Ass story about a pool schedule at the good ol’ YMCA: