Do you like it straight and functional? Or do you prefer something with a bit of pizzazz, a power stance — something bold? Maybe the humblebrag’s your style? Sly self-effacement wrapping up a big fat boast.

I am talking about the out-of-office (OOO) e-mail message. They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep — to which I’d add, examine their email auto-reply.

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