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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Plug for rage-editing plug-in

My students submitted their first written assignments this week. Occasionally the first submission is followed by a bit of freak-out and a flurry of emails from students explaining aspects of their assignment after the fact or checking on whether something is "wrong" or "right" based on subsequent conversations both in and out of the classroom. Onc student who had follow-up emails approached me today and said that he really wasn't freaking out, and that he hoped he didn't sound that way, but that he hadn't used tonecheck in his email. "Tonecheck," I asked? He explained that it is a plug in for email that checks the tone of your email to ensure that it is not out of line. He used it in all of his communication at a government agency. I'm thinking there are many other settings in which this plug-in tool can be very useful and thought I'd share the tip.

Posted by DBorman on September 13, 2012 at 07:36 PM | Permalink

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Is this a joke?

If not... it seems to me that if you need such a thing, one ought not to be in a job where one might find oneself having to communicate with clients, opposing counsel, judges, etc... perhaps software programming might be more appropriate?

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Sep 13, 2012 8:38:07 PM

On second thought... I dunno, maybe that's a little harsh. Maybe it's a good learning tool.

But I'd still be pretty alarmed to be represented by a lawyer who couldn't tell for him/herself what tone s/he was taking in an e-mail.

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Sep 13, 2012 8:42:31 PM

I think this is for real:

http://tonecheck.com/?__lsa=71ddbb45

Wow.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 13, 2012 9:03:29 PM

Oh, it's for real, all right. I installed it on my gmail account and drafted some choice words in a mock email to the moving company that just stole/lost/damaged my belongings. An active counter at the lower right corner of your message increases in red bars as your "tone" becomes . . . questionable.

Posted by: DBorman | Sep 13, 2012 9:09:55 PM

I'm curious if Tonecheck works for articles. "X's inane argument to the contrary cannot be taken seriously." Beep! Beep! Beep!

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Sep 14, 2012 10:31:09 AM

I wonder how a typical Scalia dissent would fare.

Posted by: Jay Wexler | Sep 14, 2012 10:32:36 AM

Is it open source? If so, who wants to write a version that provides some reward as the nasty-o-meter goes to critical?

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Sep 14, 2012 10:45:08 AM

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