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    Who are well-established, quite famous people whose inboxes are likely to be flooded with messages from students every day - do you respond to say "thank you" when they've answered your question?

    I know at first this seems like a socially retarded question to ask. But is there any
    point in clogging up a professor's inbox further with

    "Thank you for your response, I appreciate it,
    Best, John"

    when this is just another email for them to have to read, on top of all the other emails they slog through per day.
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    Quite famous?
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    Just thank them when you see them, that's what I do with college teachers - unless something crops up in the near future and I just tie it in :P
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    You could always add 'thanks in advance' or something along those lines at the end of the first email.
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    (Original post by Kinesthetic)
    Just thank them when you see them, that's what I do with college teachers - unless something crops up in the near future and I just tie it in :P
    Well, if they're famous in their field and live thousands of miles away from you...
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    Email them with a quick thank you- you come across as polite, and it only takes a second to read it and delete it.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    You could always add 'thanks in advance' or something along those lines at the end of the first email.
    I always do this if I'm asking an important question. It's so much easier.
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    Mine never reply....
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    I normally just sign off with

    Thanks,

    Nichrome

    or some ****.
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    (Original post by PrimateJ)
    Who are well-established, quite famous people whose inboxes are likely to be flooded with messages from students every day - do you respond to say "thank you" when they've answered your question?

    I know at first this seems like a socially retarded question to ask. But is there any
    point in clogging up a professor's inbox further with

    "Thank you for your response, I appreciate it,
    Best, John"

    when this is just another email for them to have to read, on top of all the other emails they slog through per day.
    I think you are overestimating the celebrity status of university lecturers
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    When emailing lecturers at my university, I don't bother with a follow-up thank you email. When I've emailed lecturers at other universities, and they've actually gone to a lot of effort in helping, then yes I think it's a nice thing to do.
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    I'd say it depends on what sort of query it was (i.e. how much trouble they had to go through to answer it) and whether you've got anything else to say to them except 'thank you for your help'.
    Of course you can send a simple thank-you email if you like and if it makes you feel better, but at the end of the day it's probably going to get ignored and you'll never know whether the busy and important professor even read it, and I suppose it's doubtful whether a simple thank-you email is going to make anyone take a massively more positive view of you...:dontknow:
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    I never did, no. Unless I had something else to add :yes:
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    I think it depends how much effort and time it has taken for the lecturer concerned to respond to your enquiry and whether you have anything new to add to the discussion. Personally, I usually include something along the lines of 'many thanks' at the end of the message, rather than sending a separate email once I have received a reply.
 
 
 
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