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    I've been wondering about this for a while.

    What's the rudest thing that someone's ever done to you as a webmaster. Mine probably has to be when someone (a potential advertiser) replied to my weekly newsletter with an attachment and the words:

    "Please forward onto group"

    No more, no less.

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    I think that the rudest thing that fellow webmasters have done to me is not thank me for helping them. There is one or two people who post from time to time here that frequently have asked me for help. I am not talking about little things...I mean loads of stuff. I have since blocked a couple of individuals on MSN IM and ICQ. I hope they know who they are if they read this...

    Thanks for letting me vent

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    I've had a few people email me and say something like 'I need learn CGI. You help me.' It's pretty annoying. Then there's the people that send me a zillion emails for help with my programs then won't even pay a measly little registration fee.


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    Ummm abahta...

    Am I one of those people you blocked?
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    I got an e-mail yesterday - someone was having temporary problems with their server, so they have taken a .cjb.net address. Here's what he said:

    "For God's sake, Ollie, change my link"

    It was the first time he's mentioned it.

    And yes, not saying thank you riles me too. Manners cost nothing!
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    Originally posted by RussellG
    Ummm abahta...

    Am I one of those people you blocked?
    Nope! I am on ICQ only now and then during the day...and on MSN IM most of the day.

    I now use aidanbahta@hotmail.com for MSN IM because I had problems with my old address.

    [Edited by abahta on 10-08-2000 at 01:24 PM]

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    Thanks for this thread - I've often wondered whether to send a "thank-you" e-mail in some circumstances.

    My instincts say "yes" but I also think "If they're busy running a web-site / writing software etc etc, in their spare time / as a business they won't want me cluttering up their pc with unnecessary e-mail"

    Now I think I'll just go ahead and send them a quick note of thanks anyway!

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    I dont really get annoyed when i out on my webmaster hat, however as a PHP/Perl programmer i get annoyed often at my customers.

    The worst one is when they say "There is somehitng wrong with the script". A week later i find out that their server does not have PHP installed.

    Also when doing a custom programming job and people are undecisive of what they want. They seem to want you to create haeps of options on in the way of the scripts but only pay for the ones they want...very time consuming

    Like most of the replies im going to have to say thankyou for letting me vent!!!

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    Oh I'll say thank you as a matter of course.

    But then I'm British ;-).

    Actually, that webmaster that e-mailed me about his change of address e-mailed again today to thank me for changing it and asked it I could put it back! Good to see that he's looking at my site - I never bothered touching it!
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    Well, through my online experiance, I've had many people be rude to me. Some examples include...

    "You stupid *****." - Some message board.

    "Fax us or we won't do it." - True Hosting

    And lots of times people have emailed me saying "it doesn't work" or something like that. Then they find out it was something on their end. All I can do is keep a smile on my face and say "it's alright."

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    I've had clients rip me a new one for things on sites I didn't design. I've had clients complain to me that their law firm's site wasn't listed on the Pennsylvania Bar Association, or that their site doesn't come up right away when they search yahoo for "lawyers." I had clients complain that the graphics on the site weren't crisp when they printed it out. Obviously not very familiar with 72 dpi versus 300 dpi. I've had clients ask me to design a logo, with absolutely no input from them other than "I don't really like it. Keep trying."

    And for my own waytoopersonal.com site, I've been insulted in every way humanly possible, including getting chastised for improper use of the word "friggen."
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    Once upon a time, i decided to run a webring (it was june 5th), and when it was all set up in an hour, i thought i would ask some advertising help from a guy whose website covered the subject of my webring, and since there was no webring about this subject, i thought he'd get pleased to announce it.
    Well, he announced it. He just did it in a rude way:
    something like "There's no one on this ring, and the ringmaster is a brunchbeard, haha, don't go there. By the way happy birthday mister ringmaster.". (it was on june 6th)
    That guy didn't seem to understand it was just created, what would he have waited for ? Thousands of sites in a day ? then i would have asked for his help.
    Soon after that i saw he started a webring on his own, with the same subject, and got my ringfellows going with him, as if his services (just links, only links) were better than mine (links too, same type, webrings you know).

    I don't know if that's the rudest thing, but that's one thing that really i couldn't stand.

    By the way, what is a "brunchbeard" ? (or "brushbeard", i don't remember)
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    I think i've been fortunate so far as I haven't come across any rude webasmasters (so far).

    (Now that doesn't give anybody the go ahead to start being rude to me )

    I'm sure i'll come across one sooner or later (preferably later).

    rgds,

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    People I work with can be really rude.

    The worst bit is this:

    I work for a business department in a University. People in the department ring me up and give me a fair amount of verbal about someone spelling their name wrong or an e-mail address not working. Occasionally (very occasionally!) it's my fault so I say sorry and correct it then and there, but most of the time it's on the main University site and nothing to do with me. I explain to them I only have access to the department's site and Intranet, and do they say sorry? Do they? Nope, just an 'oh - i'll ring him / her then' and put the phone down.

    Academics. Grr!

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