Email Signatures

Email Signatures: that block of text usually found at the bottom of a message declaring who you are, where you are from, how to contact you, and probably a slogan of some kind.
They have gotten out of hand in my opinion.
There is absolutely no need to have every message between people that know each other contain a signature.
Yet I printed a message today between 2 people that finally involved me due to the type of work needed. The message was 6 pages long containing 9 parts (replies back and forth) and each had a signature block. Now the interesting part is the person having the line “Please consider the environment before printing this email” has a four inch signature block. There are 4 occurrences of this block in the message taking up 12 inches of space, that’s 1 whole page plus some.

I’ve had this discussion with some people while setting up Outlook for them. Do you want to include the signature on all emails, including replies and forwards or just on new messages? In my “limited” experience so far those that have the environmental blurb are the ones that use a signature block on all messages and have the larger signature blocks, talk about mixed priorities!!

My own signature block, when used, is only 2 lines of plain text.
As far as I’m concerned, if we are dealing by email, you should already have my contact information so why send it again and again and again.

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