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I pledge:

1. Not to send work-related e-mail outside of business hours.

2. Not to forward e-mails to anyone except my partner without the permission of the author, unless the message is clearly intended for distribution.

3. To respond to inquiries within 2 business days, unless I am out of town or dealing with a family emergency, even if it is only to say that I won’t have time to respond fully in the near future.

4. To send only one work-related message per person per day, unless we are working under a deadline.

5. To decline most requests and invitations.

6. To write politely.

Charles Kurzman, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Updated July 30, 2008.