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4. It should go without saying that forwarding of chain letters (regardless how noble topic may seem), virus warnings or anything that says "forward to everyone you know" simply shouldn't be forwarded because it is plain old B.S. or commentary that many will not appreciate. But I have to say it because folks do so anyway.
5. If you must forward to more than one person, put your e-mail address in TO: field and all others you are sending to in BCC field to protect their e-mail address from being published to those they do not know. This is a serious privacy issue. Again, be sure to take time to type a nice little comment about why you are forwarding e-mail to recipient(s) at top of your forward.
The above 5 rules will help qualify if an e-mail is worth forwarding and right way to do so if it is. If one cannot make these extra efforts, then they really have no excuse to get mad or have hurt feelings when asked to stop. And if asked to stop forwarding, don't get mad; just realize person on other side certainly has right to make that request.
At end of day, if you fear hurting someone's feelings by asking them to stop forwarding you e-mail, know they probably meant well, were really thinking of you, were trying to make a point - ahhh, just hit delete!
Judith Kallos is an authoritative and good-humored Technology Muse. Check out her popular Netiquette site @: http://www.NetManners.com