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Is It Rude to Ask to Be Removed From His Email Contacts?

Is It Rude to Ask Someone to Remove You From Their Contacts?

This question comes from reader tlmort13 in the Ask a Geek Girl group:

I recently finished an Italian class where the instructor would email us homework each week, and so the entire class now has my e-mail address. One guy in the class keeps sending forwards and PowerPoint slideshows. I really don't need or want these cluttering up my inbox, and as far as I can tell there is no way to simply block his email. Is it rude if I ask him to stop sending me these emails or to remove me from his contact list so I no longer have to receive them?

To view a few of your suggestions and to see what I think,


  • "Not at all. If there's no way to simply block his emails, it wouldn't be out of line to send him a quick note saying that you're no longer in the class, so you no longer need to receive these materials. Then just wish him luck with his further studies. You might also consider getting a separate email address for school or other situations where your info might be made public." — MsTerious82
  • "I had a similar problem and YES do contact him and ask him to remove you from his mailing list. I swear if I got another email asking me to go to one of his 'get rich quick' meetings or Amway I was going to lose it. Since then I created a Yahoo account that I only use for classes and for weird promos which demand a email address." — cheekyredhead
  • "Yikes, good thinking to get an email just for these situations. Maybe you could set it up to flag his email to your spam folder or trash." — desertbanshee

I agree with you on all points: it's not rude to ask, especially in this situation. Just send a short, professional email asking that he remove you from his contact list, no more explanation needed. And yes, it may be best to use a different email address to subscribe to class and other lists.

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Akasha Akasha 7 years
I used the great excuse of telling someone to stop forwarding me jokes because opening those kinds of emails in foreign countries costs me money and I don't really want to pay for a forward. It seemed to work as that person only contacts me now when they have something relevant to say. Since this person isn't your friend how will they know if you are in or out of the country.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
Even if it were a family member doing this I would tell them to stop. If you can't block them or "spam" their emails then you need to tell them that it is annoying and you don't appreciate them wasting your time with such useless emails.
aubrey214 aubrey214 7 years
I have extra emails just for this situation. When I was in college, it was simple bc I never used my school email addy for anything else. And after I graduated, those annoying school mates you'll never talk to again only have your school address.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
you don't even really know this person (or don't seem to intend to be in close contact with them in the future) so i wouldn't worry about it - do as geek says and just send a quick, polite email asking him to remove you from his distribution list my aunt sends incessant forwards as well, but i could never ask her because she'd be so offended and it's just not worth it - but for someone you barely know, go for it
kellyw kellyw 7 years
Sometimes it really feels very awkward to do this thing but there are situations that you really need to do it. Based on my experiences, I don't think it is really rude to ask someone as long as you sound polite and do it properly.
Textex Textex 7 years
Amway has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars. Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam. As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here. Read about it on this website: and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.
pinkberry01 pinkberry01 7 years
Just remove them and ignore lol!
maddyme maddyme 7 years
I would email the teacher and point out that while students may want to email each other, let the students decide whom they share their email address with. I would ask the teacher to strongly consider using the BCC function in all future mass correspondence. Using BCC should be a standard practice everyone uses in all emails, unless you are communicating with people that know each other well.
rbaech rbaech 7 years
Sometimes you can't really ask, because it's a family member... I managed to stop my uncle's political-forwarding habit by taking advantage of his unfamiliarity with technology. Whenever he forwarded a political email, I replied to it with the subject line "SENDING FAILURE: Re: (Original Subject)" and then included as the reply text "This account no longer accepts forwarded emails due to increased spam protection." Cowardly, perhaps, but it did make him stop.
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