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Press Release reply: Unprofessional or harmless fun?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by schiezainc, May 22, 2010.

  1. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    OK, so, I've got a bit of a question.

    I know we all have to deal with assholes from some PR firm sending us stuff that A.) Has nothing to do with us, B.) Has nothing to do with our coverage area in any way, shape, or form, C.) Is clearly only getting sent to us as spam and D.) Wastes our time.

    So, lately, I've been having fun with this.

    Whenever I get a press release that is CLEARLY spam and/or a waste of time, I like to fire back a nice little email that says (And I'm quoting verbatim here): "Wow. This sounds exciting. If you could just let me know exactly what this has to do with local sports in the Southern Rhode Island area, I'd be more than thrilled. Thanks."

    Now, to me, this is not an issue. You waste my time, I should be able to shoot you a harmless sarcastic email back. It's worth noting that I also like to do this because, three separate times now, people have replied and said they were sorry and removed my email address from their books.

    Then, yesterday, I got a message from someone in London advertising the fact that (And I'm not making this up) Fat Boy Slim is performing at a Music Festival in England during the World Cup.

    Now, I took the time to read this. Thoroughly. And, upon, figuring out that not only could I not use this information for any good but, in addition, this isn't even something I could pass along to a features editor or news editor at my place, I decided to toss it in the spam category and sent my tradition message along.

    Surprisingly, dude emailed me back saying (and I'm quoting here because of the awesomeness of it all): "Do u not want to write about the world cup in hopes that it will be less provencial than your usual dribble...
    Dude be glad you are being informed... If you dont like.. There is a key called delete..."

    After a nice reply email where I calmly responded with "Why don't you do your job and send this type of information to people who are actually going to use it instead of sending it to everyone who has an email address that you can get your hands on?", I concluded by letting him know I was grateful that he replied to me because, normally, I assume these are just computer programs sending me this information and, as such, it's nice to know that "if this
    whole writing thing doesn't work out, I can always make a living letting people on the other side of the world know that there's a Madden tournament going on in my basement with me and three of my friends."

    So, after that long winded story, I come here to ask: Since this is a work email account, am I A.) Being unprofessional sending not only this reply to this particular person but to PR agencies in general? B.) Should I just suck it up and accept that this is a part of my job and I'll have to wade through shitty spam emails? C.) Do I have a right to reply to these folks because it is MY work email address or should I take it on the chin because it is a WORK email address?

    Just wondering. Thanks for any help.

    P.S. I really hate Fat Boy Slim and the fact that I didn't mention this in the email should give me points for being professional right? :)
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Christopher Walken will be there; why won't you?
  3. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Because Fat Boy Slim sucks. :)
  4. Babyjay

    Babyjay Member

    Yes, yes and the latter. It's totally unprofessional. You're representing the paper. If it were personal e-mail, that would be something else.
  5. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    See, this was my worry. The only reason I wasn't too concerned, at first, was that our email addresses end with a generic address so there's no direct connection with our paper.

    I'll keep this in mind though. Thanks.
  6. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    I agree that it's unprofessional. If you have to ask yourself, then just don't do it.
  7. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I'm sorry, but the information you sent me cannot be used by me or in my section. After checking with other editors, they too are not interested. Please kindly remove me from your address book.
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Are you bored?
  9. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Seems like a lot of people have too much time on their hands.
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    You did spend more company time typing the response, but the guy is a twit.

    And you are wrong about fbs.
  11. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    This is what you write back.
  12. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Follow the dude's suggestion and hit delete.

    Him sending the e-mail isn't wasting your time; you reading it and replying to it is. And

    You could also simply ask to be taken off of their mailing list, or direct them to the right department.

    Don't be sarcastic. Like someone else said, if you have to ask, don't.
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