Friday, 31 July 2015

12 ways to annoy IT Support

1. Report an urgent problem just before you leave for the day. Don't provide any detailed information about the problem (who's affected, what's happening, how can it be reproduced etc). Be sure to  complain first thing the next morning that it hasn't been fixed yet. Bonus points are awarded if your Out of Office reply has been turned on before support email for more information.

2. Constantly tell the support person you're speaking to that you don't understand IT, then no matter how simply they attempt to explain something, flatly refuse to try the things they're suggesting might fix your issue.

3. When you receive an email containing an error (for instance when it's unable to deliver your message) go ahead and delete it permanently. Once it's been removed you can contact support and demand that they tell you what the error message means. Make sure you've made no attempt to remember what it said.

4. Ensure you're up to date with your email filing before calling IT regarding email issues. If you're complaining about spam volumes, ensure they’ve already been deleted, otherwise hide the message you're calling about where it can't easily be found.

5. Even though you called IT for help, feel free to assume you know more than they do. When the support person gives you step by step instructions, treat them more as suggestions. Go ahead and select divergent options or jump ahead of them, then complain about their lack of knowledge when what you see on screen isn't what they expect.

6. Call support and insist you know what the cause of your problem is. Resist any attempts to fully troubleshoot the issue, and if necessary lie or withhold information that might lead support to a different conclusion. Feel free to omit certain information if you feel it's not relevant, regardless of whether support have specifically asked for.

7. Call support and complain that "everything's slow" today. Refuse to elaborate or clarify what is slow or who is affected and insist that you're far too busy to discuss it, but do make it very clear that the issue is costing you time and money and you want it fixing.

8. When comparing prices, if you don’t understand what a certain component is or its significance (for instance the difference between Home and Pro editions) then don't worry. Ignore it and focus on comparing just those elements you do understand. Based on those few elements, complain that you can purchase the machine elsewhere for less.

9. If support email you asking for three pieces of information to allow them to troubleshoot, pick just one of those three and answer it. Resist further attempts to provide answers to the other questions.

10. When asking IT for advice to resolve a problem feel free to reject their solution. Wait a month and then complain that your problem still exists, but continue to reject the solution being offered.

11. When you get an error on your computer, make sure you've closed it before calling IT and be unable to remember the exact wording of the message. If the message comes up while on the phone, cherry pick elements of the text to give them, avoiding any error numbers or potentially useful information. If you're absolutely pushed into reading out the entire text, do so quickly and impatiently so as to prevent any form of note taking.

12. And finally... Utter the words "since you did…" or "can you just…", we love them!


  1. After numerous emails and calls, when IT finally physically walks up to your desk, tell them 'It's not doing it anymore/I figured it out/Oh...sorry, nevermind.

  2. here it the conver station so far (Welcome to Microsoft Support for Xbox. How can I help?

    Please be aware that if you switch apps or change focus to another window while working with us, you may get disconnected from your chat session. To ensure the best support experience, please stay active in this chat window.

    Thanks for contacting Microsoft Xbox Support, my name is Eduardo, how can I get you back to gaming?

    Please be mindful that my responses may take between 2-3 minutes, thanks for your time in advance!

    my xbox is on fire

    That's no good! DO NOT get close and call the fire department if you haven't done so

    i put it out

    i don't understand


    its 1/2 melted

    Thanks for confirming and I really apologize for this, let me take care of you and make this right. You've come to the right place, before we proceed, can I your gamertag or email address?


    I'll need to document this and get you the help you need as we take this very seriously and I want to make sure we're working on the right account

    you can contact me at

    can you just…

    tell me why

    I'm sorry you've been put through this, this is not an expected behavior and therefore without a proper investigation, we are unable to determine the causes but I can assure you we will help you get through this experience. Allow me 2 minutes to check your account