Lately, my mailbox has been filled with political related e-mails from both sides- republican and democrat. I don’t take them too seriously since I find that my political opinion is my choice and my business just as it is for anyone else. Since I’m a busy person and like to wisely use my time, I simply hit the delete key in most cases and move on.
Some people haven’t figured out the importance of ‘picking and choosing their battles’ and to’ know when to know when’. Last week I received an e-mail concerning “President Sarah Palin”. I was part of a ‘cc’ list that included about 20 other people. This has happened to everyone at sometime.
One of the other ‘cc’ people didn’t like this stab at Sarah Palin and doesn’t care for Barak Obama. This person hit the “reply all” button to share their rebuke aimed at Senator Obama. Within two days I found myself as an innocent victim of a “reply all” war. People who were included on the cc list that I was on were hitting “reply all” to state their opinion on the candidates. I made good use of my delete button as I felt sympathy for the person who orginally included me in her cc list, with the 19 other people that she knows.
Here is some advice on when to hit “reply-all”
- When the original e-mail was sent to a specific group of people, like a club, with a specific purpose.
- When everyone knows one another and the e-mail’s purpose is concerning a view shared by all.
- When you and a group of friends are trying to come up with the best date to have lunch (this is the only instance that I use ‘reply-all for).
Here is when to NOT hit “reply-all”
- Duh, when you don’t know who “all” the people in the cc are or may be. (It helps to check out the list of people included on the cc list to find out).
- When the original e-mail concerns a political view
- When the original e-mail or your reply concerns something not ‘politically correct’, like the use of a naughty word.
- When you are not 100% sure how the reipients will interpret your reply.
Hitting ‘reply-all’ has a lot to do with e-mail manners. Be very careful because your words can insult, offend, or most likely, embarress the person who originally sent the e-mail.
Here’s another tip; learn to know when use your delete key and move on with your life.