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Thanks to Beth Martin, Lyle Kantrovich and Lew Clayman for their entries
in the CHI-WEB Festive Competition.

The aim was to write a poem or lyric in the festive spirit that drew
attention to the problems out-of-office replies to list contributors.
The voting was very close, but I am happy to announce that Lyle is the
winner. Well done, Lyle.

The entries follow below. Instructions on how to avoid sending
out-of-office replies to list contributors are at the bottom.

With best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year from the whole
CHI-WEB Team,

William Hudson

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The winning entry:

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good postings we bring to you and your peers;
Good postings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Don't send us an auto-reply;
Don't send us an auto-reply;
Don't send us an auto-reply -- set chi-web nomail.

We won't smile if we get some;
We won't smile if we get some;
We won't smile if we get some; but we'll know you're at Vail.

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Inbox.

--
Lyle

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Lyle Kantrovich
Blog: Croc O' Lyle
http://crocolyle.blogspot.com

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Sung to the music of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas":

(Note purposeful use of "deer" [as in rein-] instead of "dear.")

We wish you a happy holiday! 
We wish you a happy holiday! 
Since you are going on holiday, do please be a deer. 
Good advice we bring, to you from CHI-WEB; 
Please turn off no-replies and be of good cheer. 

Oh, bring us an empty inbox; 
Oh, bring us an empty inbox; 
Oh, you'll give us an empty inbox, since you're so kind!

If not, you'll get suspended;
If not, you'll get suspended;
If not, you'll get suspended, so follow advice mine!
We wish you a happy holiday! 
Send to the listserve at Dot ORG
Of ACM: "set chi-web nomail." Thank you, you're so kind!

I know, it falls apart at the end, but it's not easy to rhyme!  Maybe
just keep the first verse....

-Beth Martin
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(Sung to the tune of Santa Clause Is Coming To Town)

I really don't care,
I really don't mind,
I'm really not there,
And I'm sure that you'll find,
That I'll be out 'till Monday the ninth.

I'm ignoring all your questions,
Don't care how hard you try,
I will not read your incoming,
Automatically I reply - 

I really don't care,
I really don't mind,
I'm really not there,
And I'm sure that you'll find,
That I'll be out 'till Monday the ninth.

Go ahead and send me emails,
Go ahead and post to lists,
Offer to change my body parts,
But the bottom line is this:

I really don't care,
I really don't mind,
I'm really not there,
And I'm sure that you'll find,
That I'll be out 'till Monday the ninth!

I wish you season's greetings,
I wish you all the best,
I wish you only good things,
But just like all the rest:

I really don't care,
I really don't mind,
I'm really not there,
And I'm sure that you'll find,
That I'll be out 'till Monday the ninth!

- - - - - -
Lew Clayman

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Regards,

William Hudson
CHI-WEB Team

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