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Poll: Before forwarding a chain email with a joke, do you correct the grammar and spelling?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Before forwarding a chain email with a joke, do you correct the grammar and spelling?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I don't Sep 2, 2011

I never forward jokes, chain e-mail or anything similar. Thankfully I rarely receive them either.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Never go there Sep 2, 2011

I have several email accounts and rarely have time to check the ones I use when I'm likely to get spam or non-work-related stuff, much less correct them. I have more pressing things to do... in fact, come to think of it - what am I doing here posting this when I should be working?

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Hate them! Sep 2, 2011

Hate receiving them, never send them... probably why I so seldom receive them in fact. Got better things to do with my time and the space on my disk!

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Never ever forward them Sep 2, 2011

Not only do I never ever forward them, but when they are sent by friends, I send the friend a separate email to ask them not to send me chain emails again.

It works, because I get very, very few nowadays!


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Correct the grammar and spelling? Sep 2, 2011

I thought elementary mistakes in spelling and grammar cockups everywhere were obligatory in chain mail? I've certainly never seen one without. Isn't that the first clue to identifying them?

Fortunately, I rarely see any nowadays as people who like to send them have got the message that "Sheila's got no sense of humour".


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Don't see many for reasons already stated Sep 2, 2011

Like Sheila, I am no fun.
On the rare occasion I do forward something I always preface the jolly thing with a note emphasizing that I am not responsible for, nor do I endorse, the grammatical and spelling mistakes contained therein.


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Only if ... Sep 2, 2011

I'd only forward a joke if I thought it was truly funny (rare) and I hadn't heard it thousands of times before ((even rarer - I fell out of my pram laughing at it, for example). As to correcting the mistakes, I might "edit" it to put the point across better, but usually I wouldn't forward it at all.
Ole po face,
Jenny


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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Rarely forward them, but in that case I correct them Sep 2, 2011

Hi all,

The reason I asked is that I rarely open these chains (basically, only if they come from a couple of close friends/family members with a proven sense of humor and opportunity), even more rarely forward them... but I do correct them before forwarding. They tend to be dreadful Spanish translations of sometimes good jokes but originally written in English and these "obligatory" mistakes as Sheila calls them completely spoil the fun for me.

The only PowerPoint presentation I opened in the last year changed my life: "How to fold fitted sheets"! My drawers seem to have grown larger since I learnt that.



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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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no Sep 2, 2011

most of the ones I get are from relatives and are usually silly, new-age stuff with wishes, manifesting and positive thinking drivel. I wouldn't inflict them on anyone.
I occasionally do get funny raunchy ones from my sister and her friend but they don't have much text...just or two lines!


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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Never forward them Sep 2, 2011

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Not only do I never ever forward them, but when they are sent by friends, I send the friend a separate email to ask them not to send me chain emails again.

It works, because I get very, very few nowadays!


Same here.

What I still do get are passionate chain emails about supposed congressional bills that never actually existed or urgent social issues that are either hoaxes or long past. Usually they're messages that have been bouncing around the internet since the 1990s. In these cases I don't check the spelling but I do fact-check them and write back to the sender asking them to 1) do some basic checking before getting people riled up over nothing, and 2) stop sending them to me.

On the rare occasions when I think these hoax messages will cause panic or serious problems, I'll send a "reply-all" with the correct information, but I try to avoid doing that.

[Edited at 2011-09-02 12:52 GMT]


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Misleading Sep 2, 2011

I think the word "chain" is misleading in this poll. An email with a joke and a chain letter are two different things. Chain letters tell you you'll have some great fortune (or whatever) if you send the letter on to such-and-such many friends, and if you don't you'll burn in hell (or whatever). A joke is just a joke, and since I have a healthy sense of humor, I occasionally send jokes on to a few selected friends (or post them on Facebook) after making the necessary corrections, of course!

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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As if we Sep 2, 2011

even have time for that sort of stuff, professionally!

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No time for that. Sep 2, 2011

neilmac wrote:

I have several email accounts and rarely have time to check the ones I use when I'm likely to get spam or non-work-related stuff, much less correct them. I have more pressing things to do... in fact, come to think of it - what am I doing here posting this when I should be working?


My words, Neilmac. What am I doing here when I should be working?


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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When I do forward anything, yes Sep 3, 2011

Sometimes - not often - something strikes me as being terribly funny or important. If I forward it (to just a few friends in my contact list), I go to great pains to make it read well.

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