Situation is work related matter about clients in the following group. Assume the group of people consists of

  • Prof.
  • Assistant Prof.
  • Doctor 1
  • Doctor 2
  • Doctor 3 (only been 6 months in the house so so-called resource worker)
  • Assistant 1
  • Assistant 2
  • Personal assistant

Doctor 1 puts email recipients in the given order, which is correct by the status.

Personal assistant changes the order to the similar but with one exception where he puts Doctor 3 at the bottom of the list although is mainly responsible of the work during the time period:

  • Prof, Assistant Prof, Doctor 1, Doctor 2, Assistant 1, Assistant 2, Personal assistant and Doctor 3.

Culture: Sweden where little hierarchy.

Problem: manipulating the common way of the workplace to have email discussions.

I am interested in how you would deal with such email senders.

  • 12
    Is this the order in the address fields? I don't think anybody I know professionally would care.
    – user9482
    Jul 17, 2017 at 5:32
  • 11
    I have never heard of anyone who cared about the order of recipients in an e-mail. Is that a thing?
    – asquared
    Jul 17, 2017 at 5:33
  • 3
    I do not expect the order to be preserved by e-mail clients, so I would never bother about that. Jul 17, 2017 at 12:12

1 Answer 1


It doesn't matter.

Certainly, in Sweden it doesn't matter.

Nor does it matter anywhere else.

The only things you might want to consider:

  • To: or Cc: header: some e-mail clients show e-mail differently if the recipient is in the To:-header as opposed to the Cc:-header. Gmail is one such client. I tend to prioritise e-mails where I'm in the To:-header over those where I'm in the Cc:-header. If you expect the professor to answer your question, make sure he or she is in the To:-header. If you just wish to “keep him/her in the loop” (perhaps for future reference), Cc: is fine.
  • Avoid bcc, as most e-mail clients and servers ignore the rule that the recipient in the bcc should still see their own name there (but no-one else should), and therefore it will look like an e-mail not addressed to them at all. That makes it downprioritised at best, or marked as spam at worst.

But really. Within that, nobody cares about the order of the recipients.

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