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I do include greetings at least in the first exchanges of a mail thread. If the thread is highly technical and fast paced (i.e "Try X" "It behaves in this way", "Then it could be configuration Y", "Now it behaves that way", "OK I send you a patch" ...) then I drop the salutations after a couple of e-mails, and only if my interlocutor does the same otherwise I keep being as polite as I can be.
An e-mail is, IMO, the online equivalent of a memo. Do memos typically contain salutations?
This really surprises me due to your assumed age. The term 'Netiquette' started appearing back in the 1970's and there are actually entire sections dedicated to the e-mail formalities in several of my old Unix manuals/books.
I've always observed that the older generation uses a more formal style of communication. It's the later generations that uses a more informal communication style.
We did have Internet in universities during the 80s, and there was an (extremely expensive) dial up option as well. Dial up prices during the 90s dropped to the level that they were affordable by the average home user, which is when I first got online.
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I tend towards considering these greetings to be just a blurb, a waste of space. I use them, because they are expected. But it feels strange writing an email to "Dear Standard Oil Company, ..." - Exxon isn't "dear" to me. "Hi, Standard Oil,..." is a little too informal. In the old days, you could use terms like "Honorable Standard Oil" or "Most Revered Standard Oil, ..."
A middle-of-the-road level of being formal is "Sirs, ...", but in these #metoo times, you run the risk of being accused of sexual harassment if some lady happens to see the messagage and claim she is being kept out because she is female. So should I use "Sirs and Madams," even when I know that only two males will read the message, or do I have to know the sexes of all possible readers to decide on a salutation? Maybe I should go for "Madmen and Madams," ...
Must say it's nice driving for someone who died six years ago!
What I don't understand is why the police think they have the right to interfere with Gods biddings?
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As a noted theological lawyer, my first thought was that she was bang out of order, for does it not say in the Book of Old Moore 17.VII: "Lo! Behold the sign of the speed limit and obeyeth this at all times for it is there for good reason. He who doth exceed the stated speed shalt get 3 points on the license and a firm slap on the wrist or a speed awareness course at the very least." That sounds pretty much cut and dried ...
But then, I realised, that having been dead for 6 years really does make quite a difference. St. Winnifred's Letters to the Teletubbies 5.XXII, for example, states "Ye that have been dead for many years shalt transcend the laws of the living and be bidden only to do the will of the voices in thine head." There's no ambiguity in that sucker, so we can't ignore it.
Admittedly, there are a few grey areas arising from her response to an armed officer (obviously guns, unlike 120MPH motor cars, hadn't been invented when Ye Olde Grimoires of ye Sacred Law were written) so the Book of Old Moore fails to deal with it but the broader message of St. Winnifred would still seem to apply.
So, all in all, my considered verdict would be: give the lass a break! Life ain't easy when your dead and I'm sure she's very sorry for any inconvenience that she gave the cop. Let her drive home at whatever speed she sees fit and may her voices be with her.
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