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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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  • What are <Q> <FYI> etc called? They are used at the beginning of an e-mail subject to describe what is going on. I've heard e-mail headings, but not sure if that is the best/right term.
  • Is there a list of these online somewhere?

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    Ernest Friedman-Hill
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    Boy, I don't know that I've ever gotten an email in my life with a subject starting with "angle-bracket X close-bracket". I see "[X]" on forum posts and a very occasional email, but maybe the angle-bracket thing is something unique to your work culture?

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    Peter Johnson

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    Sounds like a suggested message tagging mechanism within your company. This way you can easily write a filter to automatically sort, file or highlight he email based on type. My company has a similar thing (ACTION - , QUESTION - , INFO - , etc) but noone ever uses it.

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    Jeanne Boyarsky
    author & internet detective

    Joined: May 26, 2003
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    Maybe. I know one person who uses it and then started seeing more. I'm trying to start. I like it as it lets you get an idea for what is going on. Like an extension of shoving the idea in the subject line.
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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