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E-Mail Etiquette Introduction This document is intended to offer guidance to users of electronic mail e-mail systems whether its a twelve-year old computer nerds BBS one of the dinosaur services like AOL-ful Compu-Snore or Prodigee-wiz or the vast world of the Internet Although its geared towards users of the afore-mentioned services it has sections that apply to all types of e-mail systems This is not a how-to document but rather a document that offers advice to make you more computer-worthy probably more worthy than you desire and to prevent you from embarrassing yourself at some point in the near future Inspiration for this document and for the tables in the Abbreviation and Smilies sections must go to Ventanna Press for their publication the Windows Internet Tour Guide Dont Be A Novelist Messages should be concise and to the point Think of it as a telephone conversation except you are typing instead of speaking Nobody has ever won a Pulitzer Prize for a telephone conversation nor will they win one for an e-mail message Its also important to remember that some people receive hundreds of e-mail messages a day yes there are such people so the last thing they want to see is a message from someone who thinks heshe is the next Dickens Too Much Punctuation Dont get caught up in grammar and punctuation especially excessive punctuation Youll see lots of e-mail messages where people put a dozen exclamation points at the end of a sentence for added emphasis Big deal Exclamation points called bangs in computer circles are just another form of ending a sentence If something is important it should be reflected in your text not in your punctuation The Legacy Of Punch Cards Although this is the 1990s not everyone in the world has e-mail software that has the word wrap feature word wrap keeps you from having to hit the Enter key at
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