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How to Get People to Stop Sending You Forwards

Remember when sending email forwards was totally in vogue and not at all annoying? It was about, oh, 1999 or so, and you and your friends would send each other chain letter forwards, quizzes about yourself that you filled out, inspirational poems about girlfriends and sisters, warnings to each other about deodorant causing cancer, and how to save a kid dying of a life-threatening disease you've never heard of.

Maybe it was the advent of social networking sites, but somehow, people stopped sending forwards. And I stopped getting annoyed every time I checked my inbox.

However, some people haven't really gotten that memo — and I'm sorry, but Mom, I totally have to call you out — and if you're afraid to tell them straightforwardly, the website will send an anonymous message on your behalf with a gentle but firmly-worded cease-and-desist email. Really, you're doing all of their email contacts a favor.

And as for you, Mom — well, you can keep on doing it. I like seeing your name in my inbox, even if it does mean getting a forward.

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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I hate to hurt people's feelings, so I just have a filter set up in gmail to send all emails starting with "FW" "FWD" or variations thereof that are originating from my mother-in-law and two former coworkers of mine.... straight to the trash. :-) If I didn't do this, I think they would crash my computer every time I opened the inbox.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Not only does my father in law send forwards... he sends the same ones multiple times a year!
nancita nancita 9 years
I am totally sending this post to my mom. Not because she still sends forwards (she is too hip for that) but because all her friends still do.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
Ha! I was going to say I only get forwards from my mom.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
I need to send this to people at work. I hate to get chain e-mails the most!!!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
What a great idea!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
omg, I need this like you have no idea! All i ever get from my family are crap forwards!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I think it's brilliant!
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
Oh, but forwards have followed us to myspace as well. It eats up the bulletin board when someone gets a hold of the "if you love Jesus, you'll pass this on". I think he has more important things to do than read myspace bulletins.
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
Nice! I just used this on my aunt who sends out 4-6 fwds a day.
fortunate-fool fortunate-fool 9 years
haha I should send this to all my grandparents. They're the only ones who send me forwards now.
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