Asking politely or forcing guilt?

This could be a stretch, but the following sentence (or any variance of it) bugs me:

“Would you be kind enough to…yadda yadda yadda?”

This applies to anyone. I’d like to think I’m a nice guy, and that I love helping people whenever I can. Don’t decorate the question — be upfront and ask me! Elaborating the question is wasting the valuable seconds I could’ve already been helping you. If they ask why, then you can butter ’em up! 😉

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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