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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-21 16:11
  Subject:   OH HAI! I BANNED UR IMZ!!!
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Today, no less than two people sent me non-work-related IMs while my boss and I were staring intently at my screen, working on a top priority production support issue.

Since one of these people keeps sending me NSFW links at my work IM, and the other one seems to just talk to me about random stuff during work hours, both have been banned from my work IM.

I understand you people have jobs where you're paid to sit around and wait for a phone to ring, and thus you're constantly bored. I've had that job too, in the past. But that's not my job now. I'm a programmer who has code to write - and your constant interruptions destroy my state of focus. Not to mention that now you're starting to getting me in trouble with my boss.

You were warned. The exact words given in the warning were: "swiftly and without mercy". So here we are. Hopefully that was swift and merciless enough to drive the point home.


Also, since evidently I don't do a good enough job explaining the warning previously, let me be explicit here:

If whatever you plan to IM me about isn't important enough to that you'd call me on my work phone, then don't IM it to me either.

In a very real sense, my work IM is my work phone. This is 2k8 and nobody I work with uses actual phones any more. We work in an open-air environment, and phones are noisy and disruptive. So when you IM my work address you're doing the equivalent of calling me on my work phone.

Also, speaking personally... I just don't like IM very much. I find it distracting and annoying and the S/N is generally abysmal. So it doesn't take much to get my ban-hammer hand twitching.

Sorry you guys happened to push my hot button without realizing it. But I did warn you.
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-03-21 22:57 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Well, shit, fine, if you don't want my high quality horse-midget-llama-alien-amphibian-squirrel-professor-amputee wares then I will go elsewhere good sir!

Good day to you!
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Jon: kongowned
  User: j_b
  Date: 2008-03-21 23:32 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:kongowned
Sorry 'bout that.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-03-21 23:46 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
No worries, problem is solved now.
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Richard "Pocky" Kim
  User: pockyman
  Date: 2008-03-22 01:50 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I am in a similar situation, so I can understand. Only a few people have my work IM, and those are people I need to talk to, generally.

Mainly, I'd love to see you again some day, and just have lunch and shoot the breeze.

When we both have time. @.@
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-03-22 04:30 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
You have approximately two years before you'll have to come to New Zealand to see me. ;]
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-03-24 17:39 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Set a date and make it happen!
We want to go back to New Zealand too and that would make for an additional excuse. :D

-L
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-03-25 00:05 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Patience. I'm only starting on year two of three continuous tech industry employment. If I screw up I won't get to stay in NZ.

There will be lots of time for visits in the future. I'll make sure I get a big enough house so that you and V can have the guest room whenever you come by.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-03-24 20:23 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
You could always use this:

http://www.fuckoffimbusy.com/

Or be more subtle and say:

http://www.foimb.com/

-Kenji
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