Have you ever suffered the frustration of missing out on an important email because of an over-zealous spam filtering system? Or sent a potentially sensitive or embarrassing email out by mistake, or to the wrong recipient with terrible consequences?
You can also read a selection of the stories we've received so far in Email blunders, messaging mishaps and more.
The email that got away
Incidents in which, unbeknownst to you, an email has been trapped in quarantine are not only frustrating but can result in missed deadlines, misunderstandings between colleagues and, in worst-case scenarios, lost business. And the accidental blooper of sending out the wrong document or emailing the wrong person can prove disastrous.
The daily deluge of spam is a huge problem for every organisation and it's vital to have systems in place that provide adequate protection against unsolicited mail. However, if you have to trawl through all the spam messages in your quarantine list to identify just one legitimate email, then is your filter really doing the job that it's supposed to?
Tell us your story to win
If you’ve been the victim of the ‘email quarantine trap’, or have mistakenly sent the wrong email or the right email to the wrong person and suffered the consequences then tell us, in no more than 200 words:
- What the email and/or attachment was about and why it was important
- What went wrong
- What happened as a result
Don't worry - we're not after any sensitive information, just an overview of the kinds of problems you've faced. And while we'll be publishing the best stories online, we're happy to use a screen-name for you to protect your anonymity - and your professional reputation!
Prizes will be awarded for the stories judged to be:
- the funniest,
- most interesting,
- most serious
- and most unusual
with one picked out as the overall winner to receive the first prize.
Enter the competition now
To share your story with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to include your contact details if you would like your response to be entered into the competition. (Please note: contact details will not be published and will only be used for the purposes of contacting the winners about their prize. Stories may be published online, but we will use a screen-name either as provided in your email, or one that we will choose for you, to protect your anonynmity.)
The entries will be judged by the editor of ComputerWeekly.com and Mimecast's CEO.
First prize: MacBook Air
3 x runner-up prizes: Asus Eee PC 901 Netbook / Ultra Mobile Laptop
Closing date extended: Thursday 13 November
This competition has been sponsored by Mimecast, SaaS provider of unified email management. Mimecast provides email security, continuity and archiving delievered as a Software-as-a-Service, which integrates seamlessly with in-house email servers. Every day Mimecast takes care of millions of emails and documents for thousands of companies around the world.
Terms and conditions
- This competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over except for employees of Reed Business Information Limited and their immediate families.
- The competition closes on Thursday 13th November 2008.
- The winner will be chosen by the editor of ComputerWeekly.com and Mimecast's CEO.
- The prizes are 1 x MacBook Air and 3 x Asus Eee PC 901 Netbook UMPC
- Only one prize per person.
- The winners will be notified by email and prizes will be sent by registered delivery.
- No cash alternatives are available.
- Entering the competition is free. No purchase is necessary.
- Prizes will be awarded to the senders of the stories deemed funniest, most interesting, most serious and most unusual, with one of these chosen by the judges to receive the first prize.
- The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- By entering the competition, entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
- ComputerWeekly.com reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition or these rules at any time without prior notice.
- Entrants can contact ComputerWeekly.com at the following address: ‘ComputerWeekly.com Email That Got Away competition’, Attn: Rebecca Froley, 4th Floor, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.
This was first published in September 2008