Using "wallpaper" in the background
- I cannot stand when you get a work email and cannot read it because the color background is light blue with flowers, and the text is white. So stupid, annoying, etc.
- —Guest Keep the Background Plain White
Insulting Carbon Copies
- One who sends you carbon copies of their emails that are addressed to and intended for others, which don't mention you, or have anything to say to you.
- —Guest kidcuv
The Line-Item Response
- One who replies to your email by inserting his one-line comments in between the lines of the email you sent him.
- —Guest kidcuv
E-Mail pet peeves
- Bad enough if someone knows you, but a complete stranger? Had fellow online student commit the aforementioned, critiquing my PowerPoint presentation… he went obnoxiously long, w/large/loud font… asked him if ever considered anger management classes.
- —Guest Bold, large font.
Being Blind and Spelling
- I read a lot here about spelling etc. I am guilty of that. Oh, I am not challenged in any way, just blind — but my reader does not know the difference between "your" and "you're". It just says it, and, frankly, I do not know if the caps are on or off. Just be glad YOU can see the mistakes!
- —Guest Don't throw stones
I automatically delete any email when…
- Here's one that no one has mentioned, and I can't believe it. I automatically delete any email, no matter how important the sender thinks it is, when every word is a foot in height and several inches wide. I'm sure everyone has seen these. If this is supposed to add emphasis to your message, it doesn't. All you're asking me to do is delete it. What could fit into a page or two at the most now needs 50+ pages. And this is near impossible to scroll smoothly enough to even read it! And, if you try to read one like this by clicking the down arrow only will give your finger a cramp. Delete it yourself before sending out junk like this. If you see this type of Email, you immediately know it's of no importance. That might be why it wasn't mentioned here until now.
- —Guest Huge Lettering
Messages Without Subjects
- Pet peeve: a new message with no subject, yet it appears to be talking about something I've already forgotten.
- Seems that most of these responses are pretty petty. Lighten up, people!
- —Guest ccresponders
Blind, dyslexic answers
- The biggest irritation are the large companies like MSN, Virgin and many others, who employ the blind and dyslexic to handle emails. I get very upset returning an email that asks "What is your question?"... when the email subject line says: "RE:..." then the question I asked. I am sorry to say that I then tear the abilities of the email writer to pieces! I suggest that perhaps glasses or lessons in English reading are what is needed... for them!
- —Guest Peter Fay
Which School did you attend?
- I object strongly any attempt to write without making any effort with grammar, or punctuation, or spelling — it puts my back up (think CAT)!
- —Guest patriciaenola
- I don't bother to read emails with too many "To:" and Cc:" recipients. This list should include instructions to use "Bcc:" when emailing more than five people, except when it's important for each recipient to know who was sen the message, in which case sometimes making a group of recipients named "Donut Morons" or something will help because only the group name will be in the "To:" or "Cc:" field instead of dozens of recipients. It's occurred to me before that it's important for everyone to have everyone else's email address in an organization without a global address book, but this can be done with a single email for that purpose only every time the list ("Donut Morons") is updated.
- —Guest Bobtholomew
Too many Questions Marks
- When someone ends a question with more than one question mark. Rude!
- —Guest Doris Foley
An entire message in the subject line!
- Are you kidding me? This is the WORST thing anyone could do! Writing everything in the bloody subject line, leaving the body of the email blank! This not just irks and irritates me, but angers me beyond my limit! Those who don't know how to email should bloody keep their thick heads out of it and stick to pen and paper. Shame on you!
- —Guest Sam Wise
- Some of us are the recipients of e-mails from someone with "Reply All-itis". Too, too much information and information being sent is neither helpful nor pertinent to all of us. How do we make it stop?!
- —Guest Diane
- My biggest peeve is when certain individuals have a receipt request on every email sent. They feel as if you are infringing on their constitutional rights if you ask them to use it on a needed basis and not as a default.
- —Guest Gerry - Federal Employee