I have been told that it is. Believe it or not, I once got an e-mail from a man who said, "Here's a tip: People find long e-mail signatures annoying." Since the guy had written to me for advice on formatting his women's fiction novel (yes, really) for submission to a publisher--and I had taken the time to answer him--it was difficult not to be offended by his hint that I had wasted his time with my pushy advertising. But such is the nature of the internet. If there weren't a few cranks out there, I might forget how much I appreciate all of you nice people.
My hunk o' burnin' love has one of those ridiculously long disclaimers appended to all of his e-mails, and he's not even an attorney. Because I've gotten so used to seeing and ignoring dire warnings of that ilk, I almost missed this very clever closer that someone calling himself "McLovin" left in the comments on the Information Week post:
Notice: This e-mail is confidential and should not be used by anyone who is not the original intended recipient. It should not be photocopied, transmitted via walkie-talkie, CB radio, satellite dish, cable TV, overhead projector, smoke signal, Morse code, pig Latin, sign language, short hand, or any other means. This e-mail is under no circumstances to be translated into French. This e-mail is not to be ridiculed, mocked, judged in a competition, or read aloud in funny accents while wearing fake mustaches and/or hats of any sort including, but not limited to, bandanas. Do not taunt or provoke this e-mail. People taking certain prescription medications may experience nausea, dizziness, hysteria, vomiting, and temporary loss of short term memory while reading this e-mail. Please consult your physician before reading this e-mail. All models depicted in this email are 18 years of age or older. If you have received this e-mail in error it's probably because I was drinking when I typed the e-mail address.
That's telling 'em.
I'm afraid my own e-mail signature isn't nearly as entertaining:
Can a home-loving worrywart find happiness with a world-traveling extreme sportsman? Find out in A SEASON OF FORGIVENESS, coming in October from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.
Read a long excerpt and view the book trailer at http://BrendaCoulter.com
Sign up for my newsletter by sending a blank e-mail to: Brenda-Coulterfirstname.lastname@example.org
Check out my blog, "No rules. Just write."
How long is too long for an e-mail signature? Have your say in the Comments, and leave a sample of your own e-mail signature if you want it critiqued. (Perhaps you'll want to X-out certain information for privacy reasons.)