Well, I don't. I recently sent an email to the people who insisted on sending me chain emails every day demanding that they stop. Was it rude? Probably, but no more rude than the constant barrage of chain emails and urban legends. It also served the purpose of getting my MIL to give me the silent treatment for a few weeks! ;-)
Do you have a copy of that email that you'd let me adjust to send to my father? He thinks that because he sends me forwards we're still in touch and have a relationship. I'd love to find a way to just tell him to stop. Telling him I'd like to hear from him and about him hasn't worked yet.
I'm sure I still have it in my "Sent Items" folder somewhere, but I warn you it's got "A Scotch-Irish Scorpio with PMS was REALLY ticked off" written all over it. The night I drafted it I'd found a total of 44 messages in my Inbox with the following breakdown:
14 Viagra spams
8 bogus stock spams
2 mortgage refi spams
2 outdated virus "alerts" from someone new to the Internet (the viruses mentioned were more than five years old)
2 "if you love me" chain emails from the same person
3 urban legend chain emails from my brother
4 "patriotic" chain emails from my brother
2 "athiests are ruining our country" chain emails from my brother, who has known for 35 years I'm an athiest
3 "if you love me" chain emails from my step-MIL (including the same two sent by the Web newbie)
1 bogus cancer cure email about some nonexistent kid whose leukemia will miraculously be cured if he collects every email address in the world in the next seven days--sent by my step-MIL
2 chain mail "petitions" to George Bush, both for legislation I wouldn't support if lobotomized--and that we all SHOULD know does not have a chance of working--again, sent by my step-MILand ONE
legitimate personal message from a friend who is in the midst of treating her fourth metastasis of breast cancer, to let me know how her day had gone and asking if I wanted to get together the next day.
By the time I got to my friend's communication I had forwarded the spam to my ISP, marked it as spam and deleted it. I had opened no fewer than six new pages per email sent by my brother, only to close them and delete the whole mess, opened the garbage from the newbie and from my step-MIL and been disgusted as I deleted all of it ... and then had to UNDELETE my friend's email because my finger got stuck on the delete button.
I think that night I reached my absolute limit in patience, having come downstairs to check specifically for an email from my buddy before heading upstairs to bed. It had been only two hours since my previous email check.
I don't understand people who think forwarding garbage constitutes being "in touch." Wow. You're really thinking of me. You have me on a presorted electronic list that you click to share stupid stuff to people, without even typing a whole sentence yourself before launching it to your entire address book. @@@