This email wasn't even from a client, but from a *potential* client.
Hi There, I just thought you would like to know that I am looking for a website designer.
Unfortunately, after looking at a few of your sample websites... I find that NONE OF THEM ARE PROPERLY DESIGNED!
ALL OF THEM USE THE TINIEST TYPE AVAILABLE and RESIZING THEM LARGER IS NOT AN OPTION ON YOUR WEBSITES... as it is on the vast majority of websites. Since more than 44% of internet users prefer the MEDIUM font size setting over any other size - GOING WITH YOU AS A WEBSITE DESIGNER WOULD MAKE US LOOK VERY UN-PROFESSIONAL.
I look forward to reading your explanation for this GLARING SHORTCOMING.
PLEASE ADVISE. THANKS!
So... I reply with this:
Was there any point to this email other than to deride DESIGN DECISIONS THAT WERE SPECIFIED BY THE CLIENTS, MAKE YOURSELF LOOK LIKE AN ASS AND USE ALL CAPS OVER AND OVER?
I design to client specifications. If they want small type, they get small type. If they want huge type, they get huge type. If they want the option to change text size on the page (as ********** ************ did), they get it.
Also, if you and this email are representative of ***** ********* ***********, you can keep the job. I neither need nor want ill-though-out verbal abuse from an employer.
Have a nice day.
I actually received a reply (which I've apparently deleted *argh*) with the guy apologizing and giving me a sob story about all the bad things that happened to him earlier in the week and that's why he went off on me in the first place.
Needless to say, we've had no more correspondence.
I'm starting to think that the internet should have a licensing system akin to driver's licenses.