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"[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

fotobits
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"[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

May I be very cheeky and ask a question relating to some emails received on a friend's btinternet a/c?
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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

It probably means that the message sender simply forgot to enter any text in the "Subject" box,
then either the email sending program automatically inserted "[Blank]" rather than sending nothing as a subject,
or the receiving email program displays "[Blank]" to indicate that there was nothing to display.
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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

It simply means that your friends were to lazy or couldn't be bothered to enter a subject for the email and your email client as added the [Blank] to tell you this.
I find this annoying myself as it makes searching for them later tedious. But that's me  Tongue
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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

Thank you so much for your replies, however, stupid me, the added word is not "Blank" it is "Bulk."
I came across it a long time ago and I can't place the significance.
Any new thoughts?
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fotobits
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"Bulk" added to email subject line....what does it mean?

Some emails received on a friend's btinternet a/c has the word "Bulk" added to the Subject line.
Any ideas what this means?
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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

Again this has either been added at the sending or receiving end and means that you are not the only recipient of the email. When sent a BCC (Instead of a To) was used to send the email to multiple addresses at once and may indicate spam. As far as I recall this is what Outlook does (did).
Edit - Corrected typo.
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Re: "[Blank]" in email subject line.....what does it mean?

Thank you Mook.
Up to 10-years ago, I used BTInternet and, as a result of the comments, I now seem to remember that "Bulk" was added to the subject line by BT to indicate a mass distribution, that suggested a possible unwanted message carrier.  I suspect you could then decide whether "Bulk" mails should be eliminated at server-level, at user-level or allocated to a folder apart from the rest.
Thank you everyone for your responses, you have jogged my memory!
Regards and thanks....Noel