Email Netiquette Tip 
  Remove All Email Addresses When You Forward a Message 
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Some email messages are worth forwarding and I enjoy reading jokes and other humorous things forwarded to me. 

Often times when a person finds an email that they just received to be of some value they will want to forward it to their friends.  These friends may also find the email interesting and will forward it to their friends, and so on and so forth.  Most email programs insert the headers including To: and often Cc: by default when you forward a message.  This has the single advantage that everybody knows who already got a particular message.  No need to forward the same mail to the same person twice. 

But including all header information with all other To: and Cc: recipients has overwhelming disadvantages:  

  • The message looks horrible, and often the actual content is buried and hard to find between all the email address. 
  • You share the email addresses with third parties without the consent of the addresses' owners! I wouldn't want my address given to I don't know who just because somebody forwarded me something that she also happened to forward to 150 other people. 
  • Email SPAM!!!  This is one of the ways spammers get your email address. 
That's why you should always Remove ALL Email Addresses (except for the original sender if you deem it appropriate) before you send a forward. Just highlight them and hit Del. 
Please, do your part to keep our email addresses out of the hands of the Junk Email Spammers
If you are interested, I suggest using this program: emailSTRIPPER.   It is a free program for cleaning the ">" and other formatting characters out of your emails. It will restore "forwarded" or "replied" emails back to their original state so they're easier to read.

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