Our corridor was refurbished several months ago, and new door labels were applied. The admin staff have since added names and roles (e.g. “Lecturer”, “Research Associate”) to about 70% of the doors.

My officemate and I grew tired of waiting for ours to appear and have thus created our own.
[Blue and white door label reading “Mr [Redacted] & Dr [Redacted]: Purveyors of splendid magnetometer data”]

We’re trying to decide how long it will be before anyone notices.

Poll #18391 Purveyors of splendid magnetometer data
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Someone will notice our door label

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in a few days
7 (8.6%)

in a few weeks
3 (3.7%)

in a few months
3 (3.7%)

if/when you ever move office & it has to be replaced
27 (33.3%)

straightaway, but no one will say anything - see “You work in the Physics Department”
41 (50.6%)

slemslempike: (Default)

From: [personal profile] slemslempike

I reckon people will notice quickly because the labels are still new and they'll want to nosy, but not say anything. I would love it if you started a trend and people start adding all of their own better titles.
marymac: Noser from Middleman (Default)

From: [personal profile] marymac

Only in the unlikely event of a dignitary being down your corridor.

But if anyone did argue about, I mean, technically you are.

Edited Date: 2017-05-19 10:41 am (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)

From: [personal profile] cmcmck


High heid yins tend to have had a humour byepass!

It certainly deserves to be noticed! :o)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)

From: [personal profile] davidgillon

Nice :)

I might have gone for 'Purveyors of Bespoke Magnetometry Data', or maybe 'magnificent magnetometry data' - in fact it's one of those things you could change regularly for continued effect.
Edited Date: 2017-05-19 10:56 am (UTC)
whereisirisnow: (Default)

From: [personal profile] whereisirisnow

This is great! Everyone should have labels on their office like that! :)
delight: (Default)

From: [personal profile] delight

I picked the last one, but someone might comment! Just ... favorably. To you. I can't imagine why they would want to change it.
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From: [personal profile] pheloniusfriar

I spent several years in a cubicle farm where someone on our small team had put up the name plaque on his cubicle as "Ben Dover". By the time I left, everyone not on our team just called him Ben and never really seemed to get the joke. It was both amusing and a bit sad.
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)

From: [personal profile] azurelunatic

My erstwhile Overlady's past officemate had "James Tiberius Kirk" on their door. People would come through looking for Tim (or whatever his name was), see Kirk, look confused, and wander away, still in search of Tim...
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic

The reaction from the admin staff may well go as follows:

Physical survey of the hallway, checking offices against a list, making sure that
- the office exists
- there is a paper in the slot
- it has the correct names
Office is found to exist, have a paper, which is bearing the correct names.
Office is ticked off on list as needing no action.
Label remains until a label redesign, one of you gets a new title, or there's a move.
(The admin type may or may not notice the description and go away giggling in their sleeve and wondering who else needs a role upgrade.)
Edited Date: 2017-05-22 06:55 am (UTC)