I work in the research group of one of the professors in my college. My professor keeps forwarding mails which he receives regarding some webinars/seminars being organized in college/companies or articles related to our work. However, those mails are just forwarded and don't contain any message personally written by him.

In such a situation, should I thank him for every such mail? (which I receive thrice per week) or will such frequent thank-you mails be deemed funny and spam by him? but if I don't respond in any way, I fear he will think I am ignoring his mails and may stop doing so in future. What is common practice in such situation?

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    No. If they are regularly useful to you, thank him once in person. – user111388 May 9 at 17:13
  • If you send emails forward, and the other responds with a brief expression of gratitude, would you be annoyed or slightly pleased? I think I would be pleased. A little thanks goes a long way. – anpami May 9 at 17:42

I would suggest not for each of them. He probably just has a forwarding list and does this as a matter of course. Since you describe it as happening in a research group, he is probably trying to make sure everyone sees things that might advance the work of the group generally.

However, if you find any of them particularly useful for your own work, thank him for those, individually, and say why.

You could, in fact, return the favor when you see something that works for you and might for others in the group. Send them to the prof and let him pass them on if he agrees on the value.

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