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E-mail Etiquette: Don't Dress Like Spam

A lot of time and energy goes into avoiding spam. In fact, it's gone beyond mere annoyance. Personally, it costs me a significant amount of time to deal with sorting for real email among the spam. I can create new filters until nothing comes through at all, but what good will that do?

Wouldn't it be great if the people sending us email (that we want) would make them easier to spot? Personally, I prefer inclusive and positive policies over exclusive alternatives. This article has some good suggestions, while discussing simple etiquette for email:

TechSoup - Articles: Using the Internet - Essential E-Mail Etiquette

I can think of some other tips to share:

  • Don't include my name in the subject line
  • Be sure to include a subject line. If there is no subject, I delete.
  • Use more than one word in the subject
  • hmmm...can you tell I do a lot of quick sorting by subject?

Comments

E-mail Etiquette: DON'T KEEP OTHER PEOPLES EMAIL ADDRESSES IN OUTLOOK'S ADDRESS BOOK, OR WEB BASED ADDRESS BOOKS LIKE HOTMAIL.

The site forgot that one major issue.

Be careful how you store other people's email addresses. It's rude to be careless. Certain elements of particular pop client software is well known to be a hacker target.

Until Microsoft and others can fix the problem of viruses whistling through and utilizing address books for propegation, be sensible, store email addresses elsewhere.

Would you put your friend's phone numbers in a bathroom stall?

Would you click on a random attatchment in your email? No?

If your so smart and savvy about such things, why are you storing my email in your Outlook box?

Quit it.

Excellent point!