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Omni Important

Do you mark all mails you send as "Important"? Don't!

So far, CC: soup used to be my only pet peeve about (lack of) professional e-mail etiquette. I got another one that has been bugging me for a while. Marking every message as "Very Important".

On an average, I get around 120 mails that needs my attention, every day. This is after I spend some time to identify and delete spam that averages to around 80 mails per day. This means, looking for e-mail is already a tiring activity. Reading stuff off a monitor is still lot more tiring than reading from paper.

With that background, consider how you would feel if people mark every damn e-mail as Important? After a while, this quickly evaporates any enthusiasm the reader might’ve had for e-mails marked thus.

Aaaaaarghhhhhh :-(

  1. You need SpamAssassin!! :)

    My admin installed it last week on my mail server and my spam quota has gone down from 50+/day to about 2(or less)/day. I'm loving it.

    Oh, and I don't think I've ever used that importance ranking for emails.

    Posted by: eliot on April 9, 2003 09:26 AM

    I've seen aliens, they're out there. Posed like real management, they assume identities and then treat you like crap.

    Posted by: zope boy on April 12, 2003 12:30 AM