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Should Students Send a ‘Thank You’ Message after Every E-mail Exchange with a Professor?

In Writing for the Internet, I had my students read some articles about e-mail and power relationships in the classroom. They are raising some very good questions in response. One asked me whether professors expect their students to send thank-you messages after every e-mail exchange. I just checked with two colleagues, and their reactions confirmed my own gut response. If it’s just a routine question (what format do you want…