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Poul-Henning Kamp (“phk” from The FreeBSD Project) had this wit back in 1999, and it's funny to see how much of it still applies today:

But let me suggest a few pop-up windows I would like to see
mail-programs implement whenever people send or reply to email
to the lists they want me to subscribe to:

      +------------------------------------------------------------+
      | Your email is about to be sent to several hundred thousand |
      | people, who will have to spend at least 10 seconds reading |
      | it before they can decide if it is interesting.  At least  |
      | two man-weeks will be spent reading your email.  Many of   |
      | the recipients will have to pay to download your email.    |
      |								   |
      | Are you absolutely sure that your email is of sufficient   |
      | importance to bother all these people ?                    |
      |								   |
      |                  [YES]  [REVISE]  [CANCEL]                 |
      +------------------------------------------------------------+

      +------------------------------------------------------------+
      |	Warning:  You have not read all emails in this thread yet. |
      |	Somebody else may already have said what you are about to  |
      |	say in your reply.  Please read the entire thread before   |
      |	replying to any email in it.                               |
      |								   |
      |			     [CANCEL]                              |
      +------------------------------------------------------------+

      +------------------------------------------------------------+
      |	Warning:  Your mail program have not even shown you the    |
      |	entire message yet.  Logically it follows that you cannot  |
      |	possibly have read it all and understood it.               |
      |								   |
      |	It is not polite to reply to an email until you have       |
      |	read it all and thought about it.			   |
      |								   |
      | A cool off timer for this thread will prevent you from     |
      | replying to any email in this thread for the next one hour |
      |								   |
      |			      [Cancel]				   |
      +------------------------------------------------------------+

      +------------------------------------------------------------+
      | You composed this email at a rate of more than N.NN cps    |
      | It is generally not possible to think and type at a rate   |
      | faster than A.AA cps, and therefore you reply is likely to |
      | incoherent, badly thought out and/or emotional.            |
      |								   |
      | A cool off timer will prevent you from sending any email   |
      | for the next one hour.			 		   |
      |								   |
      |			      [Cancel]				   |
      +------------------------------------------------------------+

Bahaha.  Especially the last one.  Bahahahaha.

Comments

hahahhaha that would be awesome. :D

I wonder how message board whores would react if we had something like this in place on DDR Freak….  LOL

hmmm... something like this?

WHAT THE frick?! I HAD TO WAIT AN HOUR TO POST MY fricking REPLY?! THIS IS WHY DDR IS fricking STUPID AND THE MODS ARE fricking IDIOTS!


Something like that... and no, this is one of the most extreme situations that I've seen... most users would laugh. :P
s/fricking IDIOTS/fricking doggy/

LOL
make it happen, blue =)
Hmm.  HMMMMmmmm.  Thoughts flying…!  XD
That last one is full of win. I'm all for it. :D
You know the funny thing is, it's totally doable in a typical, GUI-based email client!  XDD