A 'random' way to get yourself in trouble with email signatures in Entourage 2004


A 'random' way to get yourself in trouble with email signatures in Entourage 2004

In my line of work I come across some strange user interfaces. I found this one today and thought I would share it with you. It comes from Microsoft Entourage 2004.

When I write a new email to someone and I want to put a signature block on the bottom with my contact details, I have to choose which email signature I would like to add. This is handy if you have multiple jobs, are managing a group inbox or inbox for someone else etc.

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I noticed a neat little feature called 'random' signature. This seems strange, great, odd, and fun all at the same time. I wonder what sort of 'random' signature it would make for me? Maybe one time I would be Barack Obama, then another time I would be Mickey Mouse. Perhaps I might be a competitors email signature block. You could have all sorts of fun with this!

I'm not sure what the developer was thinking when they put this feature in but it's funny all the same. Yay for people just doing what they are told and adding functionality.

Ok but to seriously think about what this would be used for, lets say I have a few different email addresses and each has it's own signature relevant to the email. I would be able to set up multiple signature blocks and pick which one to put on the email I was sending.

Lets say the 'random' function picks one of my email signatures and adds it to my email. How the heck does that help? If I'm writing a business email and it adds my personal email signature with the inappropriate for business tag line of 'Graciously sent from Lord Sanders'  (which is just a silly line for a laugh) how would that go down? The CEO gets my pitch document with some stupid signature? I'm sure that will go over well.

So how the heck does the 'random' signature function work? Beats me hahaha but it's great all the same. I'm yet to use it for anything.

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