Spelling and informative subject lines
- There are several, but most people don't check their spelling and punctuation before hitting the "Send" button! It drives me nuts! Just about as annoying is when e-mailers keep using the same "Subject:" line, even though the CONTENT of the message has changed, and they include all the previous, irrelevant messages! Grrr!
- —Guest Karl K
- If it's worth forwarding, it's worth cleaning up. Please take out all the old message headers, signatures etc. Otherwise just keep it to yourself.
All those >
- Bad enough that people I know only slightly feel free to pelt me with inane jokes, dirty unfunny stories and, worst of all, sentimental "send this to 53 friends" and "Love your Mom" and "Wow, see these great photos of kittens" messages, but also these forwarded messages contain pages of unknown names and > symbols, and, oh yes, very often the interpolated comments are full of errors of spelling, punctuation and grammar. If only the Wish Fairy could make everyone (not just emailers) understand that grammar, spelling and punctuation are there for the very good reason that they make miscommunication less likely ... as in "EATS SHOOTS AND LEAVES". Regards to all from Limey Di of the Grammar Police.
- —Guest LimeyDi
What irks me about email etiquette
- My, where do I begin... Like so many others, the spell checker should not be a possibility, but a necessity. Also, please, if you have to forward me some nonsense, can you please erase the first 20 FW's in the subject line and leave just one, again, if you must send it in the first place. Last, don't assume I know the following: who you are, what your email address is, or what those acronyms mean, LMFAO... [a slightly more emphatic and expletive form of "LOL", which in turn means "laughing out loud"] And of course, for the love of God, PLEASE DON'T SHOUT AT ME!!
- —Guest Annie B
Message in Subject line
- When you send a message that is only in the subject line — that is fine — just include the acronym "EOM" for "end of message". Saves from opening up really short EMs.
- —Guest Rhiadain
Life is enjoyable without it!
- [It bothers me] when people believe that life is not enjoyable without the use of a computer! C'mon, you really need to get out more often.
- —Guest Baby Face
Oh my god, so annoying
- It's just plain awful to have people use OMG, or BTY or LMFAO or any of the others when writing to me via email. There is no need for it and we aren't teenagers texting each other during class either. JUST AS BAD, POSSIBLY WORSE IS THE USE OF ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, a personal pet peeve since 1995, when will people ever learn?
Emails without Name of Company
- People who send emails for a company but only include their name and no company info. Company name should be in their email address or show with their name. More time is wasted trying to find out who "Joe" is and what company he works for.
- —Guest J Iriana
- Why didn't you mention using BCC when sending to multiple addresses? Clean up old stuff.
- —Guest cspiva
Do you know what "your" means?
- Too many people use "your" when they mean "you're". "You're" is the contraction for "you are". I am amazed at the number of people who use "your" instead of "you're". No matter how well written the rest of the email may be, when I see "your" used incorrectly, I automatically deduct 10 points from the writer's IQ.
- —Guest Karen W
Polarizing sign-offs and tags
- People who sign off each post with religious references that infer they think their values are higher than others are passive aggressive and bring a polarizing element to any list. Inevitably cliques of people who are of the same faith (or extreme political position) form, even on lists that are about some universal hobby, and periodically they cause trouble. I've left groups when this behavior was not well contained. I'm about to start a group for my family and am looking for a way to word the rules to forbid that sort of tagging, because I want everyone to feel equally welcome.
- —Guest Poupon
People who can't spell the word…
- People who can't spell the word 'definitely'!!! It's spelled with an 'i' and an 'e', NOT with an 'a' in either one of those places!!!!!
- —Guest bb
- [What annoys me are] people that use 'Z' in place of 'S' at the end of their words.
- —Guest Kimberley
Basic punctuation and spelling
- How hard is it to use a shift key to capitalize? Or to run a spellchecker? Why don't schools teach touch-typing so people can type at the speed of thought rather than resorting to illiterate shortcuts?
- —Guest JJ
Difficult to Use Shift With Arthritis
- I DON'T KNOW WHO CAME UP WITH THE ALL CAPS IS "SHOUTING!!!!" I HAVE BAD ARTHRITIS AND IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TYPE, MUCH LESS KEEP USING THE SHIFT KEY.
- —Guest PETE