Email Ettiquette

by ian
Categories: IT
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Published on: August 20, 2008

Warning:  Some people may find this post offensive.  Oh well.

I am very particular about a few things.  Email happens to be one that I am a bit more vocal about, well at least vocal to Kevin at work.  I gripe to him about things that people do when composing e-mail messages.  I’m sure he’s sick of it.  Anyway here are a couple of things that really get my goat.

1. Subject lines – The subject line is just that, the subject.  It should contain a very general synopsis of the content of the e-mail.  It should be short and to the point.  It should NOT be blank.  It should NOT be the first line of the the body of the message unless that first line is also included in the body.  For example:

To: [email protected]

Subject: It is time…

Body: to go to work.

I don’t want to have to re-read the subject to figure out the first part of the sentence and no one else should either.

2. Post Scripts.  Adding a P.S. to the end of an e-mail message is ridiculous.  From my understanding the Post Script was when you finished writing a letter or some other correspondence and you remembered something you forgot to put in the main body.  You would write P.S. at the bottom and write your thought.  If you are composing an e-mail you can obviously just move the little cursor back to the main body and add the thought there.

There you go.

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