Hello i am in your class what books do i need?
Of course, I teach several classes. Yes, I could figure out from the email what the student's name is (no salutation, no signature), find him on one of the course lists, and figure it out that way -- but why the hell should I have to?
My first reaction to be snotty: "All the books. You need all the books in the whole world." But then I realize, this student thinks he is doing something great. He's been told, "contact your professors before the class starts, and then they'll know who you are." Yeah, but . . . he's just asked me to do extra work (granted, not much extra work, and having spent this time writing a post for CM, I don't have the right to complain, but I will anyway). I hate it when people ask me to do unnecessary work. It's the week before classes. I have syllabi to finish, a book I was supposed to have done three weeks ago, and a pile of research in my field that I should probably catch up on (wait, they discovered a new kind of hamster? Since when?).
Then again, it's hard not to interpret "in your class" as "In the only class that matters or is relevant because it's the one I'm in, and I am the snowflake center of the universe."
He is not the only student who has done this so far. This semester is a record number of "what are the books!" questions, and one, "do I need the books?" Oh, honey, I'm not turned on by filling out bookstore requisitions; I have other reasons for doing so. Like, say, the books are required.