Are You an ACKer?

There are lots of differences in the way that individuals communicate and interact. One difference I often notice is whether a given individual does or does not respond. Using myself as an example, I will typically respond to a text message or email even if no question is posed. Often I will either Thank the sender or provide some unnecessary comment.

My wife on the other hand almost never responds to an information only message. If nothing is being requested, don’t expect a response. I find that lots of people exhibit this behavior and there’s nothing wrong with it. The lack of a response doesn’t necessarily mean the information isn’t appreciated. It is important to realize that just because you do something a certain way, don’t expect others to do the same.

I’d love to hear from you, so share your thoughts by commenting below.

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Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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3 Responses to Are You an ACKer?

  1. Matt Goli says:

    Hi Paul,

    this post resonated with me. I find myself that I’m not an ACKer. I have the sense when people are appreciative of my information, but I get a lot of email each day, and just them responding back to say “Thanks” sometimes just fills my inbox w/ more emails I have to delete. I also administer our email archiving system, so I think in terms of what that single email means to our email archive system.

    But, at a personal level yes I think I need to ACK what my wife tells me more, as i’m writing this response, she’s probably told me three things that i haven’t ack’d and I will probably be asking her to repeat what she said in 5 minutes.

    • Matt,

      Thanks for the feedback. I find that I’m naturally an ACKer. Unfortunately, I struggle to find the time to correspond in the way that I’d like to. I guess this response is considered an “ACK”–Lol. Have a great day.

  2. Martin Stansky says:

    I just put “ACK EOM” in the subject of an otherwise empty mail.

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