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One of my co-workers e-mails me far too many jokes and stories every day, to the point that some days I receive ten or more from her. I know she means well, but I would like her to stop. How do I tell her without hurting her feelings?

It seems that everyone these days is targeted by at least one well-meaning person who feels compelled to forward old jokes, sappy stories, stale parables, useless lists, and urban legends that are packaged as truth. Of course, the easiest way to deal with this is simply to hit the delete button. In fact, on some computers, if you hold down the shift key, you can delete several at once. No fuss, no muss, no hurt feelings.

If you would like to get to the source and stop the flow before it starts, there is a fairly easy way to do so at work. Most companies have clear policies stating that the use of company equipment and resources is exclusively for company business, and that includes e-mail. Simply tell this dispenser of e-junk that she putting both of you in violation of company policy and it would be best if she stayed away from the forward button.

Since you have been getting tons of her messages, hopefully she will get this one from you.

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