Time to Kill Email Signoffs
Matthew JX Malady says they're an annoying holdover from times of old
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Got a favorite email signoff? "Best," maybe? Or some version of "Regards"? How about the old standby "XOXO"? Enough already, writes Matthew JX Malady at Slate. It's time to do away with email signoffs entirely. They're a waste of time and space, mere clutter that is a holdover from the days of handwritten letters, he argues. "Henceforth, I do not want—nay, I will not accept—any manner of regards. Nor will I offer any. And I urge you to do the same."

Malady knows the "old guard" will object, and he doesn't care. Nor does he think flexibility is necessary depending on what type of email it is, say a purely professional one. "We need a hard and fast rule here, people," he writes. "We’ve been wishy-washy for far too long, and at a cost of time lost and awkwardness gained." Click to read the full column, in which Malady makes the case that it's also unnecessary for you to put your name at the bottom of an email and the recipient's at the top. "All our lives are about to get simpler."

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sbeach
Mar 14, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
Wow, so you think we all should be rude assholes on purpose? Don't waste time on the pleasantries as nobody cares & your personal time is too precious to waste? You're a dick Matthew JX Malady at Slate.
BinThereDunThat
Mar 14, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
This has to be one of the most worthless, non-stories, Newser has ever posted. And they're worried about wasting space in e-mails!?
kati
Mar 14, 2013 8:41 AM CDT
Oh, please let's not do this. Will continue my civil writing, editing as always not matter whom it goes to.