I ask my students to turn in their last presentation in a certain format. I have 200 sophomores, roughly, and when their work comes in in a certain way my job is easier. I've been doing this particular assignment with these criteria for about 10 years.
Because I don't have the pricier PDF software at home that would allow me to get into a student's PDF and fix it for a couple of TAs who do some of the grading, I asked Pissy Primrose to please resubmit some portion of the assignment. It wasn't time sensitive. In fact I said, "No rush; just before the exam if possible."
While I was with friends this afternoon THREE emails have come in from here, each one a bit more pissy, each one a bit more infuriating.
"I did the format they way you told me."
"If you wanted it formatted differently you should have told me. Now I have to take time out of my exam preparations."
"I don't have time to do this. I have several exams in my major and they are obviously my priority. I believe I formatted your assignment the correct way and you should grade it as is."
I wrote back, "Sounds good to me."
- Eating Low Salt