If a Sender expects a reply to an e-mail, should it be stated in the e-mail? “Please Respond…..” or “I expect a response…” really isn’t necessary. Responses are expected and customary. That is unless the Recipient is intentionally ignoring the Sender.
When someone takes the time to e-mail another, common courtesy dictates that the Recipient respond in a timely basis. To not respond because the Sender didn’t specifically ask for a response,?is not an excuse to not do so and can be perceived as intentionally ignoring the other side.
This certainly doesn’t apply to spam, forwarded chain letter e-mails or those e-mail that are from folks you don’t know. Responding promptly, even if to just send a “Thank You” with a short comment back helps build relationships and avoid misunderstandings.
What about a general e-mail that has been addressed to a large group for informational purposes?? As far as informative mass e-mails, a reply is not expected unless it is specifically stated otherwise that the Sender wants to hear from all involved.Then reply only to the Sender (Not Reply to All). For mass e-mails, if you want to solicit replies from everyone you send to, simply include a statement to that effect.
In a day where it is increasingly common for e-mails to land in the Trash/Junk folder due to being misidentified as spam, taking a moment to reply if only to acknowledge receipt is what courteous Netizens do!