- You’ve been asked by your manager or boss to email someone, perhaps a client. Wanting to protect their privacy, you BCC them so they know you did what they asked, but that the recipient doesn’t get their details.
- You want to post to a list of people, and include management for reference. Not wanting management to have their inboxes clogged by a mess of Reply Alls, you BCC them. Again, it’s not intended as a weapon but respect for your boss(es).
There are probably other exceptions to the rule as well, but I agree with both Darren and Mitch in that people tend to use it as a weapon, consciously or otherwise. I admit to doing this in the past but in a virtualised company where the bulk of your communication is electronic, you need a level of trust that only constant open communication gives you.
Keep us thinking, Darren!