Depends on how you do it and your intent. Do you just forward because you think the email is funny? Or do you stop and think twice about if those that you are forwarding to will also think it is funny?
The reality is, sometimes they won’t. Do you take that into consideration?
Who doesn’t have friends who occasionally (or habitually) forward emails with jokes that they find funny in them? If you are like me, I don’t really mind the jokes when they match my sense of humor or a topic I find humorous.
However, it does bug me though when that is the only communications I get from some folks. And when there is no message from the Sender. Just a forward.
Add insult to injury, there is my email address visible in the Cc: field with a bunch of folks I don’t know. There you have the incorrect forwarding trifecta.
What then becomes a real pain is when the funny part has been re-forward by several different people before being forwarded to me. I then have to wade through all the gobbledygook to get to the funny.
Is there a right way to forwarding jokes?
Yepper! Just forwarding any email without comment or down-editing your email (removing all the other stuff besides the joke) is plain ‘ol lazy.
This goes for emails that are not humorous in nature as well. Down-editing your email replies and forwards is about courtesy and clairty.
If one wants to share email with friends, removing unnecessary portions of the email reflects consideration. This includes ensuring everyone’s email address is in the BCc: field so it is not visible to folks they may not know. Don’t brush off privacy in your zeal to forward that funny email that had you ROFL.
Respecting Privacy is Important Too
A big misconception is that if someone sent you an email with others email addresses visible, this means it is alright to you just click forward and continue to expose those addresses. It wasn’t your choice to expose those addresses in the first place, right?
Wrong. It becomes your choice to continue the exposure of everyone’s addresses irresponsibly. Not cool.
Even if you do not know the onliners involved, chances are they do not want their email address broadcasted further. Don’t you feel the same?
Do them a favor, even if their “friends” neglected to, and remove any visible email addresses before you forward the joke on to those you know. This one of those things to do that while no one may notice but is the right thing to do.
So feel free to send those funny emails, good causes and important info that you know your contacts would like to read about. Just be sure, considering the minuscule effort involved, to do it the right way.
Good email habits reflect courtesy for those you are emailing and make communicating with you a pleasure!