I regularly get very boring links from my colleague/friend. I do not know how to react to this.

  1. Should I reply?
  2. What should I say when I do reply?
  3. Is it considered rude to just ignore and move on?
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    What are the links about? i.e are they work related, are the unfunny jokes, do friends/colleagues think this is something that would interest you?
    – kingW3
    Sep 14, 2017 at 14:15
  • If you want to apparently make them question everything, I'd go with "Thank you". (Somewhat related question from the other perspective)
    – JMac
    Sep 14, 2017 at 14:19
  • How is this a duplicate? One question is specifically asking for how to get them to stop and this question is asking what to do.
    – Catija
    Sep 14, 2017 at 14:39
  • @Catija the OP is asking what to say, and then suggests if it is best to ignore the links. The older question is also asking what to do about receiving boring links. The two questions are certainly connected.
    – user3114
    Sep 14, 2017 at 15:12
  • Where are you located? Whether something is rude depends on your culture. (2) What goal are you trying to accomplish here? To get your friend to stop sending you the links? This question should be closed until those two issues are addressed.
    – user288
    Sep 14, 2017 at 15:26

2 Answers 2


The person sending this is probably not expecting you find it boring and is most likely just doing it as a nice gesture of small talk.

It would be rude not to reply at all, if your friend is over at your house and starts talking about a subject you don't like, you don't simply ignore them or walk away either, do you?

If you want to show them you have no interest in this, reply with something like:

Thanks for the link! 'X' is not really my thing though.

Or if you want to return the small talk gesture:

Thanks for the link; however, I'm not really interested in X. I enjoy Y more, what do you think of Y?

  1. Replying would be the nice thing to do. But as long as it is just a link, without any text with it I think ignoring it might be fine as well.

  2. Reply with the -_- smilie. Works every time!

  3. Probably not, unless it's like "hey, look at this link: ..., what do you think of it"?

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