How do you handle those 'forwards' that flood your inbox?

@allknowing (55736)
India
August 7, 2010 9:52pm CST
I have several contacts on the Net and one thing I do not like about some of them is that they keep sending 'forwards' without even asking me if I would like to receive them. What makes them think that I would be interested in them? They clutter my inbox as I do not open most of them but just delete them. I fee bad to tell them that they should ask me before sending them. How do you handle your forwards?
9 responses
@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug 10
Hi all! I also receive forwards from my friends and sometimes, I don't get time to check those. But whenever I check, I find that they have sent some interesting stuff, which was not only unique but made me happy too. I do not forward emails to those friends, who do not like receiving it. I send emails to those only, who acknowledge and enjoy receiving such mails. Have a nice Sunday! Deepak
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@allknowing (55736)
• India
8 Aug 10
Don't you think it would be better if we are asked and then these forwards are sent? It will save a lot of ambarrassment specially if they ask you how did you like so and so forward? And if you say you did not see it that could be a cause to get hurt specially with those 'touch me nots'
@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug 10
Yes, I agree with you, it would be better if we are asked, whether we love to receive 'forwards'. And if we express our reservations about it, our friends/acquaintances should not send such 'forwards'. Those who either do not acknowledge my forwards or do not want to receive, I don't send them 'forwards'.
@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug 10
Yes, I agree with you, it would be better if we are asked, whether we love to receive 'forwards'. And if we express our reservations about it, our friends/acquaintances should not send such 'forwards'. Those who either do not acknowledge my forwards or do not want to receive, I don't send them 'forwards'.
• Philippines
8 Aug 10
I handle them by changing e-mails or just by ignoring them. Either way, it serves me great.
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@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
What about genuine emails that you may get under the old email ID? You will then have to attend to two email inboxes!
• Philippines
9 Aug 10
When i change e-mail address, i make sure i update it to everyone and to every subscriptions i signed up for. I'm very particular with these things.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
That would be a lot of work frontvision... - I really do not have that kind of time. I would rather quietly delete those 'forwards' as I am doing now and when asked I would perhaps tell a white lie and say I liked them
@Hatley (159353)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Aug 10
hi allknowing well my old childhood chum has got the idea she needs to convert me to her church and to being a republican so I get all these long winded forwards that frankly i just delete. once in a while she sends something that I like and I will send this off to my best friend. b ut a lot of propaganda I just deleted and sent a thank you note. I know I am a wuss.but we were childhood chums and now we are both old and both set in our own ways. I am not good at it, thats for sure, an eventually you have to delete it or slow down your computer which is silly too.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
8 Aug 10
I feel really bad when I delete the forwards specially when they come from someone I know very well. I just met someone on face book - we had not interacted with each for eons so to speak and what do you think that person does. Somehow finds out my email address may be through some common friend and ever since is sending me forwards! We have so much to talk about and catch up on giving each other snippets of what has been going on. I have decided not to continue with this person.
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@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
8 Aug 10
Herro allknowing I am a member of a circle of friends. If I keep getting forwards I casually mention that I have gotten the forward from another friend. Eventually I get less forwards. Prosperous mylotting
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@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
Getting back and telling them is in itself a lot of work which could be avoided as time is precious for everybody. I only hope better sense will prevail as sometimes the same 'forward' is sent by others too!
• India
8 Aug 10
I use filter and they automatically go in spam mail. Once in a while I check my spam mail too to see if there is any important mail. If there is one then I salvage it. Forwards no longer bother me.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
8 Aug 10
My broadband email does not have a spam folder and everything gets logged into the inbox folder including spam mail. I have a problem deleting all these mails on a daily basis.
@dpk262006 (54713)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug 10
all! You may please try opening a new mail in Gmail, it is better and all useless mails go into spam.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
8 Aug 10
dpk - My broadband email is my primary one and I need to keep it on.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
9 Aug 10
I too get some Forwards from my friends and I enjoy reading them.If they are big PPT s or pictures sometimes I keep them unopened and see them later when there is enough download limit.If you are not keen in getting them you can perhaps report SPAM and this would automatically take them to the SPAM folder. However I do not know if this would have some other negative effect.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
Reporting them as spam would put all the other mail from that friend also in the spam folder and even if the concerned friend would not know if I have done that I would fee guilty as though I have thrown that person in the junk folder! I have a number of them who do that and all are my friends, including my family.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
9 Aug 10
THen you can tell your friends and family straightaway that you have a problem receiving Forwards .THere is no choice. If you want selective forwards then you won't get them and that would be the bad side effect.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
8 Aug 10
well, it is quite simple... i just delete them straight away if i don't feel like reading them... but if the content is interesting and can add to my knowledge, then i will read it and even say thank you to my friend who send it to me... but if they are just craps, then i don't want to waste my time reading them... take care and have a nice day...
@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
I am already doing this but never go back and thank them as that would increase the flood of 'forwards'
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
8 Aug 10
I delete everything in my inbox after it gets too full. I warn people that I do this so they don't feel insulted.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
You seem to have understanding friends and that's good for you. They can definitely clutter our Inboxes!
• United States
8 Aug 10
I handle them by getting a new email address, the one that gets all the SPAM mail, can continue to get it, and I just move on with a new email.
@allknowing (55736)
• India
9 Aug 10
But what will happen to those genuine mails that you will be receiving un der the old email ID as one cannot delete an email ID once created.