Poll: Have you ever forgotten to attach the files in a work-related email?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever forgotten to attach the files in a work-related email?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
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Many a time Jun 11, 2011

But I console myself in the fact that my customers equally often forget to attach the files to translate in the first place.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Occasionally Jun 11, 2011

I usually realise just a split second after hitting the "send" button...
Pobody's nerfect...


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 17:50
English to French
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A few times... so far Jun 11, 2011

But I became aware of it right away, and sent the file(s) within seconds

 

Allison Wright (X)  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 16:50
Think of it as an advance warning to receiver that something is on its way. Jun 11, 2011

neilmac wrote:

I usually realise just a split second after hitting the "send" button.


And of course, there is that other lovely blooper: sending a blank reply to a routine query. My e-mail programme "reply" button changes to "send", once you have hit "reply". I do not always notice that I have already hit reply, which gives the receiver of the blank e-mail the charming impression that I am an absent-minded, techno-challenged idiot. So be it.


 

Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:50
English to French
yes Jun 11, 2011

any translator can have a strange moment when you somehow feel compelled to hit reply even though you've just written a beautiful email to the client and forget to attach the said translation file - or sometimes even resend the original file back and say that the translation is done hence worrying unnecessarily the client! just relieved a minute later with the said desired translation file

that's when you have to stop
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any translator can have a strange moment when you somehow feel compelled to hit reply even though you've just written a beautiful email to the client and forget to attach the said translation file - or sometimes even resend the original file back and say that the translation is done hence worrying unnecessarily the client! just relieved a minute later with the said desired translation file

that's when you have to stop, have a nice cup of tea, and relax for a few minutes

mind you, in fairness, I've had clients who sent me the file to be translated ... and there was no attachment it seems to be a common occurrence in our industry
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Eser Perkins  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 18:50
Member (2010)
English to Turkish
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Many a time until... Jun 11, 2011

Gmail Labs came up with this "undo" feature which allows you to retract your sent email within those critical "few seconds" following the hasty click on "send" button. Like most of us, I usually realize that I didn't attach the file or that I forgot to spell-check my message immediately after hitting that send button. This feature saved my charisma (not to mention the unnecessary, unnerving and time-wasting extra correspondence) m... See more
Gmail Labs came up with this "undo" feature which allows you to retract your sent email within those critical "few seconds" following the hasty click on "send" button. Like most of us, I usually realize that I didn't attach the file or that I forgot to spell-check my message immediately after hitting that send button. This feature saved my charisma (not to mention the unnecessary, unnerving and time-wasting extra correspondence) many tens of times since I started utilizing it. Though still in the experimental stage, it never had a hiccup so far.

Great weekend to all!
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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:50
Member (2009)
English to German
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Yes, once Jun 11, 2011

And oh what a "once" it turned out to be.

About 3 weeks ago I send an application to a very promising outsourcer.
All credentials and certificates were attached except for the explicitly
asked-for CV. Never received a reply.

Oh well, this won't happen again.


 

Sarah Mathrick  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 17:50
French to English
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No, because... Jun 11, 2011

...I use Mozilla Thunderbird, which has a useful feature which reminds you to attach a file before sending if it detects any key words in the body of your email (e.g. "attached", "CV" etc.).

Otherwise, I'm sure I would forget a lot more often!


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:50
Member
English to French
Yes I forget, but I'm working on it Jun 11, 2011

There is this Outlook add-on that may help:
http://www.sperrysoftware.com/Outlook/attachment-forget-me-not.asp

I also use another one that strips attachments from e-mails, so that I don't have to click "Save attachments" every time I receive a file:
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There is this Outlook add-on that may help:
http://www.sperrysoftware.com/Outlook/attachment-forget-me-not.asp

I also use another one that strips attachments from e-mails, so that I don't have to click "Save attachments" every time I receive a file:
http://www.sperrysoftware.com/Outlook/attachment-save.asp

Philippe
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Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:50
Spanish to English
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Many times in the past, and no doubt in the future too Jun 11, 2011

I'm interested to hear that there is software to avoid this, and I shall be looking into it.

What I do try to do anyway is to follow the advice of a fellow Prozian from sometime back, which is to attach the file BEFORE writing your message. That has meant I've made some progress in this department. Thank you to whoever that was, although I'm afraid that my memory means that you are anonymous for the time being!

Cheers

Noni

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I'm interested to hear that there is software to avoid this, and I shall be looking into it.

What I do try to do anyway is to follow the advice of a fellow Prozian from sometime back, which is to attach the file BEFORE writing your message. That has meant I've made some progress in this department. Thank you to whoever that was, although I'm afraid that my memory means that you are anonymous for the time being!

Cheers

Noni

Edited for typo of course!

[Edited at 2011-06-11 13:05 GMT]
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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:50
Italian to English
In memoriam
A good habit Jun 11, 2011

This happened to me a couple of times many years ago but then someone suggested that it was a good idea to get into the habit of attaching any documents to the email *before* you start writing the message.

Works for me.

And Noni

[Edited at 2011-06-11 14:12 GMT]


 

Erika Pilar Pancella
Italy
Local time: 17:50
English to Italian
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I even did something worse... Jun 11, 2011

Yesterday I managed to send an empty email to a client of mine! I was so exhausted... me too, I realized just after clicking on send

Luckily it was Friday evening for the client too!


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 11:50
Member (2009)
French to English
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i guess it happens to everyone Jun 12, 2011

a couple of times I've sent the email and realized too late. And the same has happened with clients sending ME emails without documents to translate. However, I also have Mozilla thunderbird which reminds you before you send....so it's been quite a while since I made that goof!

 

JaneD  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 17:50
Member (2009)
Swedish to English
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Ditto Jun 12, 2011

Sarah Mathrick wrote:


...I use Mozilla Thunderbird, which has a useful feature which reminds you to attach a file before sending if it detects any key words in the body of your email (e.g. "attached", "CV" etc.).

Otherwise, I'm sure I would forget a lot more often!


This was an idea which I thought of myself a while ago, and I was delighted to find that the Mozilla development team had come up with the actual product. You can set any words you like as triggers (which means that you can set words in different languages for delivery to different clients), so it's much more difficult to forget the files.

Whether you send *all* the files required is, of course, a different matter!

[Edited at 2011-06-12 06:27 GMT]


 


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