RFPs (request for proposals) are the public access cable channel of the business world. Some come in the form of a well thought-out, concise plan while others are birthed from a horrible Microsoft Word template. And then there are my personal favorites which tell you absolutely nothing of the scope of work but request a cost estimate anyway. These asshats are the Ike Turners of the bunch: "I don't wanna baby, but I'll beat the love right out of you if I have to."
For instance, here is a little beauty that I received this morning (I left out the fluff about there being a staff of several developers and where this 'start-up' is geographically located):
I love the part about "security reasons". Makes me wonder if perhaps the CIA is the real mastermind behind web 2.stupid. In either case be wary of these ultra-top-secret-web-project-Tommy Boy-ninjas and their cost snagging attempts.
Meanwhile, not five minutes had passed after another RFP (retard for president) hits the email retriever:
Oopsie. Someone went a wittle hyper with their cut-paste-click-post skills. Let's see, they "love" my work but are addressing someone else. Buddy, that might work in Tijuana but not in California. After careful review of this genius of an idea (OMG CALL RUPERT MURDOCH NOW AND READY HIS SWISS BANK ACCOUNT!) I think I'll let the Keith and Nick take this one. Good luck fellas!