What do you do with unsolicited emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Let your spam filter swallow them? What if you were to reply to them?
That’s exactly what I did in October 2009. Fed up of people wasting my time sending me emails about search engine optimisation opportunities, or who wanted to place adverts and guest posts on this blog, instead of rolling my eyes, tutting loudly and deleting them, I wrote back.
A couple of fabulous tweets this evening from my work colleague @doctorvee about this page on the BBC News website with the title “Pension age workers on the rise says [Office of National Statistics]”:
Even by the standards of BBC News, this is a totally weird photo to use […] as though the experiences of Bruce Forsyth dancing with Tess Daly is indicative of wider trends in society.”
The BBC on their Magazine website in February asked if this was “the greatest motivational poster ever”.
Apparently, 2,500,000 copies were printed but weren’t distributed; at least not widely.
The Keep Calm and Carry On “motivational poster” was created in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II as a last case scenario to be used in the event of the Nazis succeeding in invading the UK.
It’s the stuff of good old, stiff-upper-lip British resolve. Keeping the chin up in the face of adversity.
Updated for web developers
Which got me thinking. This would be a perfect companion to .net magazine‘s Bring Down IE 6 campaign.
The premise is simple: Internet Explorer 6 is antiquated, doesn’t support key web standards, and should be phased out.
But what if it’s not? What if Internet Explorer 6 carries on being supported for years and years to come. What if companies, and schools and universities don’t drop it for something better, something newer? What do we do then?