Email is such a “quick and easy” way to communicate – no stamps or LD fees.  Because of this, many a time-squeezed researcher has dashed off an email note without much thought to the “old standards” such as punctuation, spelling, etc.  When one of these emails is received by a researcher that is just as time squeezed, they are likely to put the poorly written missives toward the bottom of their “reply to” list.  Be truthful now – when you are organizing your reply list, do you normally put folks who can’t be bothered to write clearly at the top of your list?