I recently purchased a PC and began to wonder: are there general guidelines regarding the use of e-mail in a business and home setting? A co-worker recently sent me an e-mail I thought was far too long–equivalent to 2 typewritten pages.
What are the general guidelines re: length, tone, number of attachments, etc. etc.?
It irks how some people go postal when they receive email. Sure, if you are getting 10-20 pieces of spam daily then you might have a reason to be miffed. But to sit down & compose a response to somebody just because you happened to receive an email that wasn’t meant for you??
It takes about .25 seconds for me to hit my delete key when I get mis-directed email, but on several occasions I have received nasty-grams from other people just because I CC’d them on one of my emails. A particularly nasty response I got back:
Lord have mercy was that necessary?
Now to the OP. If I receive a long wordy email, I had better recognize the sender by looking at the headder. If I don’t, I am almost certainly going to hit my delete key without even opening the message.
Now if somebody you know starts sending you boring emails of epic proportions, I suggest taking the matter up with that person directly.
To keep email short & succinct, use hyperlinks instead of c&p’ing entire articles.
*[sub]Epilogue: The employee was subsequently reprimanded for violating our code of business conduct (basically, the “don’t be a jerk” rule). :D[/sub]