Because of what I do and how / where I do it, there are always online, realtime conversations going on ( irc or IM ); and its never really been a huge issue except for people in the US pacific coast. Its always a case of them starting work when I am finishing for the day, and even when i work late at night for the odd hours, its almost always whack in the middle of their lunch hours. And they finish work, even their late night sessions, just about when I am getting started for the day.
So to everyone on that TZ, just want to remind everyone that the best thing to do is stick with emails. I know its fashionable these days to complain about emails and all that, but by and large there is no other means of comms around these days that is easier to get to, mature and really very productive for async conversations. The other thing to keep in mind is that while there are other services and ideas floating around that help solve specific challenges that email isnt best suited for, none of them do a good enough job to remove the email process from the equation. So if we are still going to have email knocking about, lets just use it.
And I’m not ignoring people on irc but with 300+ panes in irssi, sometimes it can get hectic and I will often encourage you to ‘Lets Move to Mail’. Its not because I dont want to have the convo right now, its because I want to have the complete conversation!