How do you Sign your e-mails?

Lifehacker investigates:  How Does Your Email Closing Line Come Off?

I am largely a “cheers’: guy, although exact mileage may vary.

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  1. Boyd says:

    Due to a combination of my former close association with Britain as well as my Navy career (many common Navy phrases are of British heritage), I also use Cheers! as my closing tag.

  2. john personna says:

    My emails are increasingly brief and IM-like.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    I write quite a few emails daily to people I either don’t know, or am barely associated. “Sincerely” is too formal, “Cheers” to informal, and a lot of other closing lines too personal./

    I always stick with a simple “Best”

  4. mantis says:

    I use “Thanks” and “Best,” depending on the situation and recipient.

  5. Janis Gore says:

    “Best,” but I like “Cheers” when I receive a message that uses it. A little buck-up never hurts.

  6. Franklin says:

    Why is “Sincerely” on that graph in 3 different places?

    I’ve never seen someone use “Best”. What’s it supposed to mean?

  7. Janis Gore says:

    Best of good things to you. Just don’t charge it to my credit card.


  8. Boyd says:

    @Franklin: “Best” means whatever you want it to mean.

    “Best regards.”

    “All the best.”

    “Best wishes.”

    “I’m so awesome, I’m the best guy you know.”

    Well, okay, maybe not that last one. But if that’s what you want it to mean, I suppose that can work as well as the others.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:


  10. Franklin says:

    @Boyd: “Best” means whatever you want it to mean.

    Fair enough. Sounds enigmatic then.

  11. Dodd says:


  12. Janis Gore says:

    I like that one, Dodd.

  13. RW Rogers says:

    Take care,

  14. I have a stock signature, which just states my name, title (Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus), and contact information. Salutations are for old people.

  15. Boyd says:

    @Christopher Bowen:

    Salutations are for old people.

    Hey, I resemble that remark!