Rules | Rules for Email Prayer Requests | Reasons
to get a Mailing List
Let's face it, there's a right
way and a wrong way to send email and almost all of us started out doing
it the wrong way.
Here's how it happens, you got
a funny email or something that really touched your heart. So, you
forwarded it (as is) to everyone in your address book. Your
intentions were good (bring humor, uplift someone, save someone from
potential danger). But your methods were bad.
How should I have done
send junk! Ask yourself is this real? Then check Urban Legends
or Truth Or Fiction or some other anti-hoax sites to see if the message you got is real
or not. For some reason (maybe the radiation from the
monitors) common sense seems to leave us and we send things to our
"friends" that the National Enquirer wouldn't print.
put addresses in the TO: box. Use the BCC function (Press
F1 from your email program and search for BCC) or get a free mailing
list from http://www.topica.com,
http://www.listbot.com or some
Think about that... Just because I gave you my email address,
doesn't give you the right to send it across the planet. Treat
it like a phone number. More info at US-Cert.
you get an email from someone who broke rule#2, don't send email
to people on that list. Again, think of it like a
phone. I wouldn't just call my brother-in-law's sister and say
"Hey, I know we've never met, but I heard this great
it up. If you must send something, Take off the
>>>>>> and 2 million email addresses from
people who didn't follow rules #2 and 3. Really, if it's that
good, shouldn't you make it easy to read?
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ONE: Don't
make people hurt your feelings. Give them the option to
stop emails. Maybe they're getting them already from other
people, or maybe they are not as easily amused as you are. For
whatever reason, if you include a line that says "If you
don't want to get forwarded stuff from me, please let me know and
I'll stop sending it to you - no questions asked and no hard
feelings." Trust me, this will save you from being
talked about at family reunions.
for Internet Prayer Requests
are a few tips to keep a well intended prayer request from becoming one of those things
circulated around the world for years, long after the prayer is answered
(like so many missing children and that missionary with the intestinal
Always include an email address or website
address people can use to verify the email is legit, before they forward it.
Include the date of the original prayer request.
And (if possible) add a "don't forward w/o checking with ____ (see point
#1) after this date." If you have a date you can possibly see this situation ending by.
Finally, please don't mass email everyone in your address book in the
TO: line (Netiquette Rule #2 above). Send it to yourself in the TO: line and use the BCC (blind carbon
copy) line for those in your address book. This keeps others who may want
their address kept semi-private from having it forwarded across the planet
(and yes, picked up by junk mailers) along with your well intended prayer
Following these few steps will help cut down on email that comes to your
box, and mine, in the future.
to get a mailing list:
If you send funny and
spiritual "forwards" or have a large group of people you
mail at any one time mail, you could benefit from an automated mailing
list. http://www.topica.com/ and http://www.listbot.com are places
where you can set up a free mailing list (and worth every penny).
A mailing list has some
send one email to one address and the list sends it to those who
are on your list. No more forgetting who you sent what to or
leaving people out that love to get your stuff.
can separate your topics. Some people like the funny stuff, some
just the spiritual. Just create separate lists!
doesn't give out my email address to strangers (and vise-versa).
This I really like. Ever get one of those emails with a gazillion
email address above the actual message and wonder who are these
people? It's not so uncommon for that email to end up in the hands
of people that sell email addresses. That's one way you end up
with junk mail. And if you are like me you're getting a ton of it.
lets people leave the list without being afraid to hurt your
feelings. I'm not trying to be rude here, but the truth is, some
people don't want to get everything you send, shouldn't be getting
it at work, or for some other reason are afraid to tell you
because they don't want to hurt your feelings.
allows people you don't even know to signup to your list. Which if
you are sending out information or see this as a ministry to
encourage others, it's a great way for others (even if they don't
know you) to start getting your best stuff too.
makes you look smart (this is my favorite)!