UPDATE: 7 years after I wrote this post, this article from the New York Times has finally vindicated me in popular main stream media. Took you guys long enough! You didn’t have to go and review text messages from teenagers in London either, I could have told you as much. And it’s not millennials who dropped it first – It was Generation X’ers thank you very much.
There’s been a rather fun inside joke between me and Keith and Andy and John. I don’t know if I’ve told many other people about it, maybe a handful more at some point because Keith thinks I’m off my rocker for it.
BUT I THINK I’M RIGHT!
So let’s have a little test and you guys vote, shall we?
Here’s the scenario: Some guy emails you and says “Man, I’m under a massive deadline, I’ve been searching for an answer on how to do ‘X’, if you have ANY time at all, could you just point me in the right direction?
You, being me, decide to help a fellow flasher in need (someone you don’t know btw), and not only do you give him the answer, but you throw him an EXTRA saucy bone and include a code snippet of what he’s trying to accomplish, since you can certainly relate to what a deadline feels like.
The person who’d asked for help, simply writes back and says:
” Thanks. ”
“thanks” or “thanks man, LOVE YOU” would have been perfectly acceptable. But in this case, it was just “thanks.” See, the period is what gets me. It’s like he’s saying “thanks for nothing jerk-weed.” Without the period, it’s more like he’s in a hurry or at least semi appreciative … ” thanks ” – I could accept that. It’s still a little crappy considering I probably saved him hours of work. I would at least expect an exclamation point… ” thanks! ”
See? how hard would that have been? and THAT’S exactly my point. I didn’t get a exclamation point (!), but I DID get punctuation. Which means forethought. He CHOSE the period. Which means “Bite me.”
AM I WRONG?!?! Does anyone else agree with me?!