This is nothing new. That technique was a standard before the polygon technique became feasible.
Well, puttin an 's' at the end of email doesn't build confidence...
I think the real question here is whether or not you should put an 's' at the end of email. Do you put an 's' at the end of mail? Probably not. So what makes email different?
Why do people always need to pick a dramatic solution? Just take some time out to refactor your code. That will be a lot cheaper and more effective than going through this exercise your IT chief has planned. I've gotta ask why are you putting up with this headache to begin with. Go somewhere where they unit test so refactoring is practical, and where the big chiefs are not allowed to read "Development for Dummies"