Matters of etiquette are always touchy matters, but I’ve noticed a disturbing trend regarding email filters. Such filters are becoming more aggressive, resulting in more and more real emails ending up in my junk folder.
So I suggest the following etiquette in light of such filters: if you get an email and don’t respond with some sort of acknowledgement, that’s rude.
The justification for this position is that some people are rude and just ignore emails. So how can you tell the difference? Well, if you acknowledge and are spam-filtered at the other end, at least you have an excuse which shows that you aren’t rude. If you don’t respond, you have no excuse at all. You’re just rude. And I have an even better argument, for those of you who know Ernie: he always responds, and it is hard to find a better rule than to do what Ernie would do.
Alternative viewpoints welcome and encouraged in the comments… 🙂 Maybe I’ll mollify my position as a result… But not about Ernie. Full stop.