"What's my weekly dumb question allotment?
I'm assuming that once someone has had their email purged, it's gone forever?
Or do we have a failsafe set up for special occasions/users? "
I feel sorry for this poor individual. He knows his document is gone, he knows it's probably permanent, but he braved being laughed at to ask just in case there was a slight chance we had it backed up on a tapedrive.
That he prefaced it with a deprecating statement about asking dumb questions sort of seals the deal. I would not laugh at this guy in person.
I would just post it on my semi-anonymous blog.