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You *want* to convey something to a bunch of people and you expect some response. The Out-Of-Office just says don't expect a response from that person. But that person is still expected to read the emails.
Also, there are numerous occasions where people have been assigned tasks that need to be handled later, but the assignment was done when they are out-of-office. My own manager comes in at 8:00 am, while the official work hours start at 9:00 am. So, I get mails just within an hour before the out-of-office period ends. I definitely don't want those emails deleted.
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Indeed; everywhere I turn, I see people throwing tantrums and calling names in response to things clearly intended to be harmless jokes
Not throwing tantrums. The problem is that, there are people who will eagerly take that as a flame bait and start a useless war
Great operating system. If it had had a good text editor it might have taken over the world.
Ah, So the editor wars haven't died yet. Meaning, people with maturity levels of nursery kids are on slashdot. Grow up!