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Signing off on emails or etc.

  1. Yes, I do sign my name at the end

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  2. No, I don't sign my name at the end (explain)

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  3. Occationally sign off (explain)

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  1. Apr 9, 2009 #1


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    I was wondering about this. In notes, pm's, emails. Why don't people sign off with their name? I do it because I think it's the proper thing to do, but I've noticed as I talk to more people, they dont' do it and just...put the message and that's it.

    Do you do it? if not why?

    I'm curious about what goes through your mind if you and if you don't.
    I feel weird if I do it and someone else doesn't.
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  3. Apr 10, 2009 #2
    I have made signatures for my work/university emails that go with each message by default. I don't remember seeing any message with fake signatures. I wouldn't write my name if it is not required or isn't useful.

    Don't use this forum's PM.
  4. Apr 10, 2009 #3


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    What? Just don't use it? Will you burst into flames?
  5. Apr 10, 2009 #4
    I don't use it. I wasn't asking anyone not to use it.

    Mine 60% of the messages are homework questions and one is about mine religious thread being locked. And last one from few months ago (14th) is asking not feed the troll. But, I don't remember sending out any messages. I was bit surprised that people use it more often.
  6. Apr 10, 2009 #5
    I just delete pms people send me about homework help. What do I look like, a homework helper? It's damn annoying. "I have this hw due tomororw, please help me! I've posted it 20 places!".................DELETE.

    Do you have this solutions manual?..................DELETE
  7. Apr 10, 2009 #6
    I don't sign off with my name. It's just not a habit I have and I never think to. Most communication by email/pm/etc that I have doesn't require me to be formal so it would seem like an odd thing to do.
  8. Apr 10, 2009 #7


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    So it's non formal? I do remember that my friends that email me don't type their name at the end. Interesting.

    As for the signature that can be automatized, some people actually sign their name at the end regardless of this feature.
  9. Apr 10, 2009 #8
    of course you have to sign off on more formal emails when you are working, people might get the wrong idea if you don't.
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  11. Apr 10, 2009 #10
    Thanks for the PM Focus.... wiseguy.

  12. Apr 10, 2009 #11
    Yes, you do. It says so in your recognitions.
  13. Apr 10, 2009 #12


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    Crotchety old codger first; homework helper second.
  14. Apr 10, 2009 #13
    I use my name, but I would like to ask something too. Americans that I know use looooong comical signatures. It contains typically more "content" than the actual message. There is always the "if you got this mail and weren't supposed to, delete all traces of it and inform us", "this message is under the US export control bs" etc. I guess there is a name too in the signature, but I never have enough patience to read so far. Is this SOP?

  15. Apr 10, 2009 #14
    I expected some help :cry:
  16. Apr 10, 2009 #15
    People used the custom of signing correspondence in non-digital days when the receiver wouldn't otherwise know who it came from. It was a handy idea. With e-mails and pms, you already know who it came from, so it really eliminates the actual need.

    I almost never sign at the end of pms. The receiver knows who sent it and, if I've sent you a pm, we're familiar enough with each other on a personal level not to require standing on ceremony. If I send a pm to someone I don't personally know, then yes, I sign my name. I always sign off on business e-mails because it's proper form. I always begin the an appropriate salutation, too. Inter-office e-mails I'm less formal with and don't do either.
  17. Apr 10, 2009 #16


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    Ah, that makes sense. I guess my habit of signing off on emails or pm's whether I know the person or not, a habit of mine.
  18. Apr 10, 2009 #17
    It doesn't say PM me with your last minute help because your homework is due tomorrow.
  19. Apr 10, 2009 #18
    for non-formal stuff, i don't usually sign at the end. i'm right there in the header, after all. it's about as silly as signing every forum post you make.
  20. Apr 10, 2009 #19


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    Emails to people I know in real life are one thing, PM's and forum posts are another.

    I type my name at the end of emails most of the time. The exception is if we are exchanging frequently, with quick questions and answers back and forth. Once the exchange has been started, I'm less likely to sign my name for the rest of the exchange.

    For forum posts, I usually don't type my name. The exception is usually if I'm disagreeing or arguing with somebody, I'll type "Regards" and type my real first name to show respect and keep things civil.

    For PM's it's about 50/50.

    For Facebook wall posts, I don't type my name. My picture and name are right there next to the post, and besides I don't see others typing their name there.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  21. Apr 11, 2009 #20
    Not only do I sign my name at the end of my emails, I sign my name at the beginning of the email subject:

    Subject - <Insert my name here>: <Insert email subject here>
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