3. Message subjects

  • Make sure that the `subject' field of your message is meaningful. For someone who receives many messages, it can be very confusing and frustrating not to be able to judge the subject matter correctly from its subject field. This is especially important when you are posting messages to newsgroups. When you use the `reply' option, ensure that the subject field (usually filled in for you under those circumstances) still accurately reflects the content of your message.

  • Try to restrict yourself to one topic per message, sending multiple messages if you have multiple topics. This helps recipients to use the `subject' field to manage the messages they have received.

  • Do not broadcast email messages unnecessarily. It is very easy to do but can be very annoying to recipients (and wastes resources). In particular, do not send or forward chain email - it offends some people and is wasteful of network resources.

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