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Email Etiquette Tip – Use a Meaningful Subject Line

by Brett M. Christensen

You can make life just that little bit easier for the recipients of your email by ensuring that you use a meaningful subject line. This really can make a difference, especially if your recipient gets a lot of email. Good subject lines are especially significant when sending messages to email discussion groups and support staff but are important for personal email as well.

If you are sending an email to ask for help or make an enquiry, a well-chosen subject line can make it more likely that you will receive a timely response. A concise and meaningful subject line lets the recipient know immediately what the email is about. In an overloaded inbox, good subject lines can help the recipient process email more efficiently. Ultimately, an email with a decent subject line may well be opened and answered ahead of one that has a subject line that is meaningless, generic, or worst of all, non-existent.

Another bad habit that should be avoided is “hijacking” existing subjects. Unfortunately, people often start an entirely unrelated topic by replying to a previous email but neglect to change the subject line accordingly. If you wish to discuss a new and unrelated topic it is best to start a new email.

Using good subject lines can increase the effectiveness of your message as well as make you appear more professional.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,