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People Suck At Email, Part IV: Threads

If the email thread is already 29 messages long, do not reply-all with “Thanks.”

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Ooo, better yet, Reply All with “Thanks”!
And then forward your Thanks email to a few people (who of COURSE are already on the chain but who have nothing to do with the topic) with FYI on top.

I want the painful government memories to goooo awaaaaaaaaaay.

Ooo, better yet, Reply All with “Thanks”!
And then forward your Thanks email to a few people (who of COURSE are already on the chain but who have nothing to do with the topic) with FYI on top.

I want the painful government memories to goooo awaaaaaaaaaay.

[…] It may not be entirely obvious why this sucks, I’m going to go into a little more detail than usual. This sucks because it makes it impossible to reference the email in the future. When I do a search for something, I usually ignore subjects that don’t pertain to my search. If I give the thread a label based on the content, when I reference the label in the future I will probably think it has been incorrectly labeled. It also makes it more difficult to resolve the email thread. It is also more likely to spin out of control, especially if there are a lot of CC’er in on the thread (see: PS@E IV). […]

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