Re: The ones that really annoy me
After a few of those, I learned to get all requests in writing (email). And I backed up (and still do) all my emails.
Nowadays, everyone knows that I have a ton (or I guess that is called a terabyte) of historic records of what I've done, who asked for it, the outcome, etc.
Everyone also understands that I don't take phone calls to make decisions. Send an email or a recordable machine-processable message. That also cuts down on the oral chatter.
It's also nice being viewed as a grumpy old man in a position of some criticality.