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Hello, yes, hi (Dear Sir/Madam),

So the hypothetical email situation goes like so:

> I write a professionally written email to ask a question on what I have to do regarding a task, and end this email with "thank you and kind regards", (my name).

> The person replies, answering my question (with decent amount of effort/plus equally well-mannered)

Just wanna know if you would write another email simply saying 'thank you' for their answering your question?

I never know whether it's necessary to follow up with a 'thank you' email (even if I already said it in the initial email before the question was addressed) or just leave it be. Would it be polite/normal/admirable, or overkill?

What would yew dew?

(Kind regards, GC).
 

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I don't put "thank you" in the question email but I do reply with a "thank you" if or when they answer it - sometimes they don't answer it - if they don't answer then I reply to my own email later to ask if they have an answer yet - if they answer my question then I say thank you. I don't know if that is an etiquette rule though. It's just what seems normal to me.
 

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I don't put "thank you" in the question email but I do reply with a "thank you" if or when they answer it - sometimes they don't answer it - if they don't answer then I reply to my own email later to ask if they have an answer yet - if they answer my question then I say thank you. I don't know if that is an etiquette rule though. It's just what seems normal to me.
In my case, I already did write thank you in the initial email (as in 'thank you for your time' I suppose, as I'm just a student and like to be extra polite, especially when dealing with professionals). So I'm now try'na figure out if another "thanks" email for the fact that they answered the question (and in quite a bit of detail/effort) is polite and admirable or just unnecessary/overkill?
 

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In my case, I already did write thank you in the initial email (as in 'thank you for your time' I suppose, as I'm just a student and like to be extra polite, especially when dealing with professionals). So I'm now try'na figure out if another "thanks" email for the fact that they answered the question (and in quite a bit of detail/effort) is polite and admirable or just unnecessary/overkill?
Yeah that's part of why I don't write thank you in the original email. a) I want the opportunity to thank them non-awkwardly later if they do the thing. b) I don't know yet if they will do the thing.

But I don't think it's hugely awkward to say thanks twice. Only a little bit. In your case I probably would say it twice but then the slight awkwardness of saying it twice would lead me to write the question email without thanks next time.
 

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Yeah that's part of why I don't write thank you in the original email. a) I want the opportunity to thank them non-awkwardly later if they do the thing. b) I don't know yet if they will do the thing.

But I don't think it's hugely awkward to say thanks twice. Only a little bit. In your case I probably would say it twice but then the slight awkwardness of saying it twice would lead me to write the question email without thanks next time.
Okay thanks Cuddle Bun, thanks. :wink:

(See what I did there? hurhurhur)
 

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Always write a separate thank you email. You can add an extra line about how the task turned out if you feel awkward thanking twice.
 
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I never thank people in the email I'm asking them something, it sounds kind of presumptuous like their help is a foregone conclusion (which it might be but it still seems rude to point it out) and I feel weird writing an email afterwards that's basically just "thanks." Luckily most of my emails are through Office 365 and it has a function where you can thumbs up someone's email so I always just thumbs up responses.
 

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I think always err to the side of thanking too much than too little. And I know personally I am always appreciative of thank you replies at work even though I sort through tons of emails - it's just a little extra sunshine in my day and sometimes that means a lot. At worst they will just delete the email.
 

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I think always err to the side of thanking too much than too little. And I know personally I am always appreciative of thank you replies at work even though I sort through tons of emails - it's just a little extra sunshine in my day and sometimes that means a lot. At worst they will just delete the email.
True, I'd feel the same

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I never thank people in the email I'm asking them something, it sounds kind of presumptuous like their help is a foregone conclusion (which it might be but it still seems rude to point it out) and I feel weird writing an email afterwards that's basically just "thanks." Luckily most of my emails are through Office 365 and it has a function where you can thumbs up someone's email so I always just thumbs up responses.
I find thumbs up much ruder personally.

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This is sometimes I always ponder over. I always wonder if it'll be annoying for the person to get an email that just says "thank you!" But then I figure, they'll probably just open it, be relieved that it's not actually something they have to address, and delete it. And maybe it'll make them feel good (or they won't care at all). It's also good because it lets them know you saw their response and the issue was addressed.
 

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I work in a technical field where details are rigidly interpreted, but noy always easily explained. Thus exchange is useful and someitmes tedious. If I have a discussion/question that requires some thought and effort for someone else to reply to, I will always send an acknowledgement in the form of a thank
you, and if appropriate also restate a detail in my own words if there were still ambiguity.

This acknowledges their effort, defines the infromation further, and shows I've taken the information in and processsed it. Occasionaly this ilicits further discusion if I restated the information wrong, and this has saved me (of them) more than once.

I don't think I've ever been botherd by a thanks that was given to me for work I contributed, and I've often offered conciderable effort to a request only to have it go unacknowledged. I hate that 100% of the time, but then I'm and INFP. Other types would be more forgiving.

My ISTJ wife doesn't acknowledge quite often, and more than once it led to a major problem (incorrect information,, faiure to act, or missed detail). She is more "short and sweet" in correspondance style, and when she fails to acknowledge it's not because she doesn't care, it's more a personality thing. To her it's redundant.
 

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I myself actually often wonder whether or not to mail a thank you after receiving the answers already.

I tend to do so, I usually do, but I have no idea what most people do.

I have just decided, having a thank you as a potential overkill is not one that make you look bad. And if anything, I have learned people really appreciate getting appreciation, while often people 'forget' to express it to each other. So basicly, it's a good thing to give a thank you, whenever you can or do.

Even when at first people don't seem to respond to your thank you, a thank you will be heard/appreciated.
 

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I myself actually often wonder whether or not to mail a thank you after receiving the answers already.

I tend to do so, I usually do, but I have no idea what most people do.

I have just decided, having a thank you as a potential overkill is not one that make you look bad. And if anything, I have learned people really appreciate getting appreciation, while often people 'forget' to express it to each other. So basicly, it's a good thing to give a thank you, whenever you can or do.

Even when at first people don't seem to respond to your thank you, a thank you will be heard/appreciated.
that's what I think too :proud:
 
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