Sunday, December 04, 2005

Make it easy for me to READ IT!

If you want a response make it easy to read. Don't make me jump through hoops just to open your document. I make every effort to read them, so I am always surprised when people find new and interesting ways to prevent others from reading the documents they send out.

I was given a document today to review. First off, it was compressed in a rar. A RAR! Other than bittorrent movie downloaders, who uses RAR? Why would you use RAR? It's a tool that people have to search to find, and then is "Trial Only". Can you say, "Corporate License Hell"? I knew you could.

Next, it's a Microsoft Word document. I don't have Microsoft Word, but I do have Open Office. Too bad for me you used some fancy formatting, because Open Office crashes trying to import it.

So, not only do I have to find someone else to open the document, but you killed my word processor, losing some of my work.

Yep, that's the way to make me really want to review your work.

This happens to me all the time, with status reports that we are supposed to review, procedures that we are supposed to adhere to, everything. I just shake my head and go, "Oh well, I guess that's something else I don't need to do".

Hmmm maybe that was the purpose? Maybe you don't want me to review it?

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