- I get an e-mail from one of my supervisors (one of the many problems with being a contractor, I have way too many people in conflicting and unrelated supervisory roles above me), asking for a login to the web calendar application I've been testing. I promptly ignore the e-mail, as it is Low Priority.
- Later on, said supervisor stops by my desk, to ask about getting some logins. Ah-ha! He's finally learning that I ignore many of the e-mails I receive, and the best way to actually get something from me is to bother me in person. It's only taken a few years for this to sink in.
- I ask who all needs accounts on the system. I get a vague answer. (Thing 1. Thing 2.) But also a promise to check on it.
- I send an e-mail later saying "Do you only need accounts for Blah and Blah?"
- He forwards the message to one of our gov't workers, saying "Here are your credentials." Obviously, completely missing the point of reading an e-mail before acting on it.
- Said government worker writes back to both of us, thanking us for such quick work.