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The Neopian Times Week 44 > Articles > No More Long Goodbyes

No More Long Goodbyes

by terrance011

ENDLESS PLAINS - Is your Neomail exchange dragging on? Here is how to end it - politely but without choking up someone's inbox with too many unnecessary messages. Getting out of a Neomail exchange ought to be easy: You simply stop replying.

So how is it that some people often find themselves stuck in Neomail limbo, going back and forth with confirmation that the message was received, restatements of points already made, choruses of "Thank you", "You're welcome", "Thanks again" and "No Problem"?

Neomail - purportedly so effortless, so intrusive, so speedy - tends to drag on. It is impossible to send those subtle, often subconscious signals that say it is time to go - like winding your watch, jangling your keys or eyeing the exit. There is certainly no chance for goodbye kiss or a wave. The conclusion of a Neomail exchange can feel jarring and abrupt.

There are no conventionally understood markers that signify when a Neomail conversation is over since it is hard to find a Neomail equivalent of saying goodbye or hanging up. People might sum up the conversation, offer a reason for ending it, exchange pleasantries or make continuity statements like "see you soon".

Not hearing back from a Neomail certainly concludes the exchange. But silence in Neomail is ambiguous. It could mean countless things. Then there is the coward's way out: claiming that the computer was down. Sure, silence snuffs out a Neomail exchange. But it is impossible for the sender to interpret, and it often seems rude. It is like walking out on someone who is still talking to you.

There is also a fine line between polite and annoying. While it is surely polite to say thank you, it is impolite to pile unnecessary messages into an already overflowing inbox.

I offered a few suggestions for how to end an exchange politely and discourage responses:

1. Finish a message with "No reply needed".

2. When making a request, finish with "Thanks in advance".

3. When fulfilling a request, end with a conclusive statement like "Hope this helped".

4. Use "For your information" in the subject line to indicate that the message is purely informative.

5. Anticipate and answer questions that might come up.

6. Refrain from asking questions that you do not want answered, like statements phrased as questions.

I hope everyone has taken great pleasure in reading my article. This article is purely informative. If you have any comments about my article, feel free to Neomail me. This is terrance011 signing off.

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