Who doesn’t have friends who occasionally send you e-mails with jokes in them?? I don’t mind the jokes that much, however, it does bug me though when that is the only communications I get from some folks…
What does become a PIA is when they as attachments by several different people who you then have to wade through all the gobbledygook to get to the funny.
Is this considered bad E-mail Etiquette?
Yepper! Just forwarding any e-mail without comment or down-editing your e-mail (removing all the other stuff besides the joke) is plain ‘ol lazy. This goes for e-mails that are not humorous in nature as well. Down-editing your e-mail replies and forwards is about courtesy.
If one wants to share e-mail with friends, removing unnecessary portions of the e-mail reflects consideration. This includes ensuring everyone’s e-mail 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 e-mails!
A big misconception is that if someone sent you an e-mail with others e-mail 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.
Even if you do not know the onliners involved, chances are they do not want their e-mail address broadcasted further. Would you? Do them a favor, even if their “friends” neglected to, and remove any visible e-mail addresses before you forward the joke on to those you know.
So feel free to send those funny e-mails, 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 e-mail habits reflect courtesy for those you are e-mailing and make communicating with you a pleasure!