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Polite Way to Ask Someone to Stop Emailing You

Over the summer, my friend Patty suggested an emergent club that might interest me.  She put me in touch with the group’s president, who was enthusiastic with a capital E. He told me he’d be happy to add me to their mailing list. I responded that I was looking forward to meeting him in person at Tuesday’s meeting, and that Patty had given me all the details I needed to get there. I guess, technically, on the subject of the mailing list. . . I never actually said no.

Here we are, early April, and I’m still receiving 3-4 emails a week regarding the study sessions, meeting minutes and upcoming potluck dinners of a group that I attended exactly once. Such is my luck that not one of these emails has featured an unsubscribe button. I don’t want to burn any bridges here, so I Googled, “What is a polite way to ask someone to stop emailing you?”

The top hits fell into two categories: 1. Just hit the unsubscribe button, you silly girl. And 2. Sometimes in life, you have to suck it up and tell a friend not to send you so many forwards. But if you’re really struggling, here’s a service that will pass on the message anonymously. This doesn’t really solve my dilemma. But maybe some of you have an aunt or co-worker who could use a friendly reminder.

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  • Brendan Riley

    Yeah, I think someone you met only once is going to be pretty uptight if they get offended by a note as innocuous as “It was fun to meet you, but the group isn’t quite right for me at this time.  Please remove me from this mailing list.”

    Good luck!

  • http://stuffigoogle.com/ Steve Thorson

    I suggest you just start sending them forwards like this one http://stuffigoogle.com/steve/do-eagles-rip-their-beaks-off/

    Eventually they’ll ask YOU to stop, and you can simply reply “ditto”

  • Stephanie

    I did it today. What a weight off! Thanks for your support, guys!