This is something that raises my hackles daily. Just don't do it!

nohello.com

@mike I have a rule - if you ping me on IM and just say “Hi” you’re not getting a reply. Ask the bloody question!

@kev Brilliant! That's *exactly* what I scream (in my mind) when someone just type "hello"!!!

Best situation is close to the end of the working day and I'm away from my desk, I come back after some time (it can be one hour or so), I see "hello", I write "hello" and then I go home. :)

I think I'll put nohello.com as my status.

Thanks for sharing! :)
@mike

@gianf @mike I’ve had people ping me saying “hey” first thing in the morning. I haven’t replied (obviously) and they still haven’t asked the question by the time I leave for the day.

@kev

@gianf @mike

That's because they think you don't want to or cannot talk to them. A "Hi" as a reply shows people that you are available and it is convenient to chat right now.

That's because messaging is regarded more synchronous compared to email. Sometimes, people want a reply right now, otherwise they would send an email. So if you don't reply to Hi, they think that they won't get a reply in the near future and want to ask someone else or you via email.

@Winterstar I usually don’t have time. However, I will usually set my status within Skype appropriately, so if I really can’t be disturbed, I’ll put my status to DND. If I’m available on Skype, then I’m available for a discussion. I just don’t like small talk, never have.

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Question: do you see this behaviour more often (or exclusively) from colleagues of a different culture than yours?

In my case (multinational company, working with people located in almost all time zones and coming from different cultures) it seems it is.

I love to work with so many different people, it's so enriching!

I'd be sad working in a more etherogeneous environment (eg: all from same country or all white/black, etc. or all/main men/women, etc.).

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