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If a reader whom I've never spoken to writes me at work, I usually close an e-mail with: "Thanks for reading"

I mean it, too, whether they are praising or questioning or scolding. They read and cared enough to write. That means a lot.

Other regular closings: "Thanks" "See you soon" "I appreciate your help" or just a what-I-didn't-realize-was-unfriendly "Andy"


I write "best" all the time. Never again. I wonder if anybody noticed my failure in online etiquette. How embarrassing.


I write "Best," too. Hard to believe people would spend that much time angsting on closings.
Too much time on their hands???


Probably. I do my best to keep away from e-mails for any article I write, based on the wisdom of every professor I've met. A guy I know works at a software company in Eugene. He doesn't talk to anyone during the day. Clients e-mail and co-workers use instant messaging to communicate. God, I love my job.

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