Read Receipts Considered Harmful

Let us envision a scenario:

  • You send an important message to someone, a message that requires a response.
  • Your chat application indicates that the recipient has ‘read’ the message.
  • The recipient does not respond after having ‘read’ the message.

Why did they not respond?

Were they perhaps distracted by something else before they could respond? Were they still thinking up a response? Did their phone lose connectivity? Was it something you said? Do they hate you now and never want to talk to you again?

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In Memoriam: Natalie Nguyen (tipsytentacle)

Writing posts like these never get easier. I went for a long walk to get my thoughts in order but they are still a mess so forgive me if my sentences seem the same.

This morning I found out that a friend, Natalie Nguyen (@tipsytentacle) had passed away due to suicide.

Natalie and I did not know each other very well but the one thing I did know about her is that she loved to play a game called OpenTTD.

Therefore, in her name I have made a small donation to the OpenTTD project. I hope the game brings others joy like it did Natalie.

Gone but not forgotten.

Rest in peace Natalie.