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I ain't got time to write Prudie

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Am I crotchety or do you guys think it's rude to forward an email without adding a note? No "please take care of this" or even "this is for you", just a forward and an assumption that I know what you want me to do with it.
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Re: I ain't got time to write Prudie

  • Totally rude. 

    We send out e-mails to members on behalf of other departments.  If the member writes back, we forward the e-mail back to the person who requested the contact and I always write something along the lines of, "This came in for you." 
    VarunaTT
  • I will rarely do this and usually only when there has been conversation about the subject matter.  
  • kimmiinthemittenkimmiinthemitten Detroit, MI
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    I think it's rude, and I've been known to do it when I'm super annoyed with coworkers who are slow to respond. I'm not writing a note on the fourth request. Just do your job.
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  • OliveOilsMomOliveOilsMom South Jersey
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    This gets done frequently at my office.  I work in a law firm and we have a large group of co-defendants on our cases and we all work together.  Emails fly around this group.  So if its something I need to know about, or a small group of us need to know about - it just gets forwarded to the group.

    I will also forward things around like that when its things people need to know about and they were not on the original email.

    However, if there is a task that needs to be completed with any email.  Typically, I will write a quick note at the top to whoever. 

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  • Depends. My boss has mentioned she was sending an email regarding X thing, then sent with no note.

    But also depends on what email says originally.
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  • Totally rude. I just did this yesterday (the forwarding). Two emails came to me that my boss needed to deal with, I politely put, Boss' Name, please follow-up with client re: this issue. for the first one and an "please follow-up" on the second. 

    It takes a minute to type. 
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  • I don't respond when students do this. (Co-workers get more leeway, but it still annoys me). I find it lazy on their parts, because they are typically asking me to do something for them. 
  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216
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    Uh-oh. I've been guilty of that etiquette breach. I'm definitely not going to do that again!
  • Unless i had a specific conversation with that person beforehand, i will always add some sort of comment. 
  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    Thank you!

    My bosses regularly just forward me shit. Since it's a small office and they're the ass-kissers while I'm the one actually doing work, it's several times a day. And if they do bother to write something, they abbreviate my name to "A". These fucks can't even be bothered to type out my name.

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  • I think it is very context-specific.  I used to monitor a generic mailbox as part of my previous position ("[email protected]"), and part of my job was to read what came in and make sure it got to the correct person.  I pretty much always sent these on without comment, and I don't think anyone took that as rude behavior.  But if it's something I have any involvement in I wouldn't shoot it off without a note.
  • levioosalevioosa Southern California
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    I think it is very context-specific.  I used to monitor a generic mailbox as part of my previous position ("[email protected]"), and part of my job was to read what came in and make sure it got to the correct person.  I pretty much always sent these on without comment, and I don't think anyone took that as rude behavior.  But if it's something I have any involvement in I wouldn't shoot it off without a note.
    I agree with this too.  Sending me an email with a task without discussing it beforehand or typing a quick note? Rude.  But then there are situations like at my old job, where we had a PC fax number that came to my computer/email.  Everyone knew that faxes came to my computer, so most of the time I would just forward the bank wiring statements/invoices/whatever to the person it belonged to.  


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  • thefanciestbecklerthefanciestbeckler Chattanooga, TN
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    I think it's rude unless that person has already talked to you about the email they are forwarding.

  • Depends.

    Agreed that if the email requires some action from you and it was not previously discussed, yes, there should be a note. Just as if you were speaking in person.

    If it's something random, something of general interest, I don't see the need for a note.
  • Eh, I don't think it's rude. I do it all the time and so does my boss. Granted, my boss's desk is 15 feet away from me so I'll often just say, "hey, I just sent you a thing I thought would be good for X" or whatever. Sometimes I put a note depending on what it is. 

  • I just did this today.   I've been pushing for answers from a vendor and I can't proceed until they sign off.   Their responses have been, "Well Julie says that she sent it already," and I don't have it.   

    So when I get, "Julie said she sent it.   Could you send it again and I'll just send it to you?" no, you don't get words in my email.   I shouldn't have had to email this to you anyway.   Figure out how to get me what I need.
    kimmiinthemitten
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