1. I used to work with a guy who felt email was useless, so once every 3-4 months he’d take an hour and just keep hitting deletedeletedelete. He must have been right about it, because it never came back to bite him in the butt.

  2. CIDU Bill, I never knew their last name was Stone; I recognized the ‘I’ immediately and figured it out solely from your heading.. (Actually, “never knew” is not something I can really be sure of at my age.) I had known her name was “Val” but could not remember it today because I’d also forgotten to read the new Sundays for 1 or more years.

    Note to All: Sunday, July 26, 2020 will be the last new Stone Soup comic.strip.

  3. It’s kind of self-fulfilling. If you never read your email,. soon no one will send anything important to you that way.

  4. Chak: If he doesn’t read it, why does he need to delete it? Were there really small storage limits or something? I think of deleting as for cleaning and organizing. If you never read it, seems like you could just let it pile up unread.

  5. If I hadn’t read and thought about Kevin A’s response, I’d also be wondering what IVS is. IBB is Idiot Bill Bickel. IVS is Idiot Val Stone.

    If you’re new here and don’t know about IBB, you can click on the IBB link and read what’s been said about him since comicgeddon.

  6. WW, in the olden days e-mail box storage was a precious commodity. In the late 90s (when I first started reading CIDU), I worked for an Internet service provider. I had an e-mail box storage limit of probably 10 MB and that was rather large for the day. I’d have to clear it out from time to time. Free e-mail services like Yahoo! and Hotmail offered maybe five MB. I remember actually paying Yahoo! so I could have a personal e-mail with 20 MB of storage. GMail’s big attraction when it launched was that it offered a huge amount of storage (essentially infinite for casual users) of e-mail. We didn’t know it was in exchange for revealing our entire lives to anyone who would pay Google for our data, but that’s another matter.

    The other thing, speaking more recently from my cube wage-slave days, an unread e-mail taunts you and mocks you. A deleted email is out of sight, out of mind.

  7. “It’s kind of self-fulfilling. If you never read your email,. soon no one will send anything important to you that way.”

    Or, it’s self-fulfilling in another way. You miss something so important you get fired for it, and you don’t have to worry about what else hasn’t been read.

  8. If he’s going to just delete it all without looking, he might as well do command-A (select all) and delete once.

  9. Her thoughts in the first two panels seemed like a normal, current complaint (perhaps even related to an uptick in e-mail traffic caused by in-house social distancing), but the effusively warm & fuzzy reaction from her colleague sounded so archaic that I went hunting for the original publication date, and discovered that this strip is 20 years old (23-Aug-2000).

  10. Just yesterday I was mentioning I have around 60,000 emails in my 20+ year-old Yahoo account. I got it down to 35K yesterday but had inadvertently deleted a Groupon voucher, so gotta be a bit more careful

  11. In real life, the year 2000 was actually a little late to hear this kind of full-throated paean to email. But it actually works better for the strip: If this had come out in, say, 1995, when a lot of people really were talking about the wonderfulness of email, the strip would just have seemed Luddite. By 2000, everyone was aware of email’s downsides, and they still remembered the praise of it from a few years ago.

  12. The Stone Soup Death Watch is going on through the end of the month?

    Ms. Eliot really nailed the (apparent) finale on June 21: the family’s lives were going to continue, just without us, and all was good.

    Then came June 28’s sh*tshow that reversed all that, or something, and made Alix just a brat with no comedic payoff. Or maybe she was being understandably bratty because she had just bee informed that her existence was being arbitrarily terminated. Or something.

    I almost dread the self-sabotage Ms. Eliot has in store for the next three Sundays.

  13. WW, he would just get mad at people trying to pester him, and when he was bored he’d delete.

    Boise Ed, this was at the end of the command-line versions of email, and we just didn’t know all the ins and outs.

  14. While I really enjoy Stone soup and am sorry to see it end, I think she is handling it very well and I am glad that they will have happy future out of our sight.

    When my, now 91 yo, mom got a computer at home and email it was great. I could email to her when I figured she was getting ready to call and save talking for hours. Then my sister and BIL switched mom to a tablet. She never got her email any longer – it would only “give me the email every two weeks”. BIL would go there and her mailbox would be filled with junk emails so that there was no more room for real emails. Now she has neither and doesn’t hear the phone so when I call she does not answer and she does not play back the messages left. If Robert’s birthday was not 4 days after hers – she called him for his – we would not have been able to wish her happy 91st birthday (mid corona virus so could not go there) until she did call.

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