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Appropriate Signatures
Authored by: maggard on Feb 06, '06 09:44:03AM
Before going wild with email signatures please keep in mind a few rules of email signature netiquitte:
  1. No email signature should exceed five lines, ever. That five line limit includes the standard email signature delimiter.
  2. Signatures should always begin with the standard email signature delimiter. This is two dashes followed by a space then a new line. Don't let software 'helpfully' convert your double dashes to an em dash, nor strip the trailing space, because anything other then this format isn't the delimiter.
    J. Random User
  3. ASCII-art: Witty the first time, half-wit the second time, logarithmic progression from there.
  4. Blink tags, angry fruit salad colors, etc. speak volumes about the author - all negatively.
  5. Don't attempt to embed code, external web-pages, etc. Email with such rightfully blocked as suspicious by many filters. Use only if 'cute' is more important then your email actually making it to it's recipients.
  6. Those annoying email tags claiming this email is confidential, bits must be burnt if it was mis-sent, etc. - that's all they are: Annoying. In nearly every jurisdiction they're absolute twaddle and only serve to make inappropriate emails all that juicer when joyfully forwarded and reposted to blogs and usenet.
  7. Finally remember that emails often escape 'into the wild'. Do you really want that pithy saying from '06 showing up in '16 when your future employer/relatives/oppressive government regime hyper-Googles you?

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Appropriate Signatures
Authored by: cougar718 on Feb 06, '06 10:16:14AM

Thanks! Useful information given. Just applied it to my current signatures.

Rick alias cougar

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Authored by: BohrMe on Feb 06, '06 11:01:00AM

Number 2 is part of the RFC. I'm not sure why that isn't enforced by email programs these days. It used to be. I suppose it could be due to the outbreak of outlook express.

Keep in mind that most people who have those disclaimers in their signature (number 6) do not have any control of them. Usually, their employers append them to all outgoing email or they are forced to add them manually because of company policy.

And, above all, 0.5) don't be an email nazi. ;-)

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Authored by: FenrisUlf on Feb 07, '06 07:17:02PM

Appropriate signatures, according to "netiquette", can be from 4 to 7 lines.

Life's too short to quibble....

Who are you that walk across the graves of giants at this late hour?

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