Thursday, March 29, 2007

Netiquette Opinion Poll

If someone sends a personal (not business) invite, a link or a file to multiple people -- especially when they could have set up a mailing list for regular e-mails of this type or used Evite -- does a recipient have a "right" to e-mail back to everyone on the list or should they default to just responding to the original sender?


Dawn said...

It depends on the situation. If multiple people might be interested (for example, knowing who's coming to an event--but only sometimes, as this can be easily abused; entertainment; directions; etc.) emailing the whole group would be appropriate. If it's something that only the original sender would find useful, I'd say just reply to the sender.

I have mixed feelings about Evite... it might have changed, but when I used it (admittedly years ago), a lot of the emails seemed to end up in Junk Mail folders. No idea if that still happens with any frequency.

The_Lex said...

Honestly, spam blocking has made things inconvenient for "personal" e-mailers. Evites get stuck. Blind carbon copies get stuck. I feel like they need to come up with better algorithms for spam blocking.

Re: Evite, I thought they usually got sent using the e-mail address of the inviter. Maybe the graphics and the recipient list getting suppressed causes the problem there.

At the same time, though, I wish more people would do what I've done. I wish they would just suffer through the Spam or use a Eudora junking function, where you junk it the first time then the program works the algorithms around what YOU'VE junked, not from the algorithms of other people.

Dawn said...

Yeah, Thunderbird's junk mail filter is usually pretty good. But every once in a while I've found emails that shouldn't have been junked there too. I get so much spam that turning off the filter isn't a good option (between the various accounts, not even counting the junk account, I get literally hundreds of spam emails every day).

Totally agreed on needing to find a better way to handle it though. What that is, I'm not sure. More jail time for spammers?

The_Lex said...

If you want to send an angry e-mail to me but don't want me to read it, put [spam?] in the subject line. I finally feel confident enough that people know not to e-mail a certain account to put a filter in my offline e-mail program to ditch those e-mails.