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Who are the people using email read receipts? 2020-12-18 16:09:46

Every now and again I click on an email and see a message that reads "XXX requested a read receipt be sent when message YYY is read. Do you want to send a receipt?" I always click no.

Who are the people using this feature? If I send an email, it's on the recipients to read it. If they do or don't, fine by me. I really don't care if and when you read an email from me. The fact that it is in your Inbox is good enough. Why do I need a "read receipt" to prove that someone has read my email? The read receipt doesn't even prove that! All a read receipt indicates is that someone clicked on an unread email. Maybe they read it, maybe they didn't. Either way, who cares? Email is not a great tool to use if you have something urgent or require acknowledgment from someone. 

One of the many lessons I have learned writing daily is that most people aren't paying attention or if they are paying attention they don't respond. I have gotten used to putting ideas out there and hearing minimal response. Them's the breaks.

Whoever is using this feature, stop with the read receipts and spend time on more productive tasks. 

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Never received these. I thought people are just using spy-tracking-pixels now?
2020-12-18 16:42:52
I'm not sure what's built into Outlook as far as spying.
2020-12-18 18:46:55
Spy pixels can be used independent of Outlook. They're invisible pixels you copy and paste into the email and then whenever that pixel is accessed, the access point and time is recorded. This is how services like Mailchimp and Substack record your email opens statistics.
2020-12-18 21:23:52
Interesting. I always wondered what the mechanism was for that. 
2020-12-19 00:56:10