I emailed a professor about a postdoc position three weeks ago. He replied me on Friday that week and showed his interest. I answered his question about partial funding in the new email but have not heard from him since then. It's been two weeks and I think it's time to send a followup email. I'm not sure how to write the subject line. Should I forward the previous email and write subject like this: Follow-up about postdoc position? Thanks a lot. I'm a little nervous about the position and hope I can get it.

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    You're overthinking it. It's not a literary contest. Any subject is fine as long as it tells the reader at a glance of what the topic is. (If you really want to get into small details: sometimes it's helpful to just 'reply' to your own previous email and not change the subject for people who view their email grouped by threads, so that if they missed a previous message it will be pulled up along with the new one.)
    – nengel
    Sep 25, 2017 at 2:26
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    @nengel That could be an answer ;-) Sep 25, 2017 at 4:54

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You can reply to the email again and change the email body to "Gentle Reminder " with a smiley and you can insert [Reminder] before your previous subject

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    I would hesitate against adding 'smiley' in any professional or semi-professional communication.
    – MHL
    Apr 25, 2018 at 17:53
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    I wouldn't change the body. If anything add the "reminder" to the subject line. Apr 25, 2018 at 18:22

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