Imagine if I walked up to you empty handed and asked, "What do you think about this?" and then gave you a blank look until you you were forced to respond, "What do I think about what?" That would be annoying, right?
Ambiguity. Not good.
That's what a few of you are doing on the forums. As yet another sign that I'm getting increasingly crotchety as I get older, here's a collection of the most ambiguous subject lines I've noticed so far this year, with my sarcastic responses that I wouldn't dare post for realz.
|In need of some help||Like how to write a clear subject line?|
|Looking for advice||Always make a list before going grocery shopping.|
|Any plans for these?||Do you mean my childhood hopes and dreams? Nope.|
|Need help with my bad memory||Try Gingko Biloba.|
|Would this work?||Yes, but only if you have faith. (See Faith conversation below.)|
|Any thoughts on this vehicle?||Yes.|
|Is it true or a fantasy?||If you're referring to my marriage to Kate Upton, it's pure fantasy...on her part.|
Some people have an affinity for one-word subject lines:
* Arguably the most ambiguous subject line one could ever use on the interwebz.
And some people like to use ellipses, though not always correctly. I have a theory that these are Mad Men fans, aspiring copywriters trying to use a marketing ploy to entice us to click. Don Draper wannabes, you rock!
|Model shops in....||Antarcta? No, but a the rate Hobby Lobby is expanding, you never know.|
|I wonder...||Who wrote the book of love?|
|Cruel, but......||Unusual punishment.|
The point I'm trying to make through this inept use of humor is, if you start discussions on the forums, please compose a descriptive subject line so we don't have to guess what you're asking about and be forced to click into a thread that we might not be able to contribute to. It's simply the polite thing to do.
BTW, does anyone remember the name of that actor who was in that war movie with the fighting and guns?