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Jeanne Boyarsky
author & internet detective

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 33102

  • 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
    author and iconoclast

    Joined: Jul 08, 2003
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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

    Joined: May 14, 2008
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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
    Posts: 33102

    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.
    I agree. Here's the link:
    subject: list of <Q> <FYI>
    It's not a secret anymore!