How Do You Sign Off On Your Emails?

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago in Lifestyle Misc

It's the age-old question -- how do you sign out when you email? With warm regards? Thanks? Best? Toodles? XOXO? Do you pull the power move and not even write anything, even your name? 

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You know, I knew I was missing something from my emails. 
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Male 10,144
Regards,
MeGrendel, Head Grouch, North America
Tel: +1 234-567-8910 | Mobile: +1 234-567-1234 | MeGrendelacme.com

Acme, Inc., 1313 Mocking Bird Lane, Fairfield NJ
Acme.com

*privacy statement*
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Male 9,383
I remain, sir, your most humble and obedient servant. God save the Queen and confusion to her foes.
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Male 9,505
Lessee... If it's the first email in a while, "Warm fuzzies." If I've been trading a number of emails back and forth, I've adopted the Fancy practice of a single capital letter: 'F' or, in my case, 'S'. Simple, elegant, lets the user know that there's nothing to follow and that you didn't accidentally hit Send prematurely.
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Male 1,886
squrlz4ever I've always had a block of verbage added to bottom of any e-mail, containing my name, title, contact info, etc.  As I know that will be added, I've always (well damn near always) used "Regards," followed 1 line below with my 3 initials (all lower case for some reason.  Not sure why I started that, but I began doing that in the 1990's and it stuck).  I agree with idea that the sign off lets the reader know that I didn't send it prematurely)

And I very much agree with Gerry below, that e-mail (particularly from work) should be treated no differently than any other business correspondence.  In my case, subject to company standards regarding language, tone, formatting, and a few stylistic elements.
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Kelly 'Dirty Sanchez" Hanna
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Male 45,690
I'm an old fart. I treat email like any other correspondence.
I address it to the person, "Dear Sir/Madam"
I write the body of the letter without emoji or slang.
I close the letter with appropriate sentiment. "Your's sincerely" or " Thank you for your time"
And I sign my name - First & Last, with a phone number underneath to reach me.

Making it electronically instantaneous is no reason to lose your manners. 

About names... I grew up when everyone had a phone book with your 
name and address and phone number.... and no one was paranoid.
Now, when statistically we're safer than before, people panicky about
giving out their real name.

I truthfully feel pity for this generation that can't handle the "confrontation"
of speaking face to face.
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Male 2,239
I indicate that I've signed off by not writing anything else. Everyone I choose to communicate with is smart enough to figure it out, and probably appreciates my not wasting their time, as if I give a fuck. They already know my name.

And what was the pencil graph about? If what I wrote in the body wasn't effective, what can I add with an insincere sign-off? I think my emails are most effective if the recipients don't want to talk to me again.
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Male 83
I end emails with,


Stay gold ponyboy  
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Male 1,886
I was angry.  Of course, you should never send an e-mail when you're angry.  

Sigh.  

Anyway, I was pissed at a couple of meatheads who in their limited understanding thought they knew better than the very specific instructions they were given.

I had put my terse, controlled e-mail together.  Firm but fair.  I scanned it quickly for the red underline of a typo (I dislike typos) and didn't see any.

"Right," I thought. Hit send.  Print e-mail for the file (oh, this was going to be saved for their annual reviews, all right) Normally, I print the e-mail before I send it, just because its easier to get those last typos when its on paper.

In horror, I discovered I had signed off the e-mail "Retards," instead of my usual "Regards,"  Spell check didn't save me, of course, the mistake was clearly my own.

Lesson learned.
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Male 9,505
punko I love this story. It's an absolute classic for the annals of email communications.
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Male 1,886
squrlz4ever It is 100% true.  I can no longer produce said e-mail, as I have retired from consulting engineering, but I can assure you that it is true.
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Male 9,505
punko I never doubted you. Sometimes the best stories are the stories of real life. I'll be telling this misadventure of yours tonight to my parents, whom I'm visiting this weekend.
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Male 1,886
squrlz4ever It came out stronger than I intended.  I reacted to "story" as an "embellishment of true events". My apologies.

Don't respond too quickly to comments early on a long weekend.  A new one for my big book of personal mistakes.
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Male 9,505
punko No worries; we're cool. :)
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Male 45,690
punko Or drunk. "Never send an email when you are angry..... or drunk"
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Male 13,429
GAME ON DUDE! GAME ON!
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