I received an e-mail ending with

Gib mir bitte eine Rückkoppelung zu diesem Thema.

Does it mean Antwort here?

I looked it up in a dictionary and it did not help

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    Rückkoppelung means feedback (normally only in the technical sense). It's used tongue-in-cheek here.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 17:03
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    – Jan
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 17:06
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    The technical sense others talked about is this: If you have an amplifier (from your Stereo) with speakers and a microphone attached and then place the mic in front of the speakers and pump up the volume – that's a Rückkoppelung. :-)
    – PerlDuck
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 20:35

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I would say so, yes! To be precise it means feedback, so the whole sentence reads as follows:

Please give me your feedback about this topic.

To have a blind guess: I think, he wanted to write Rückmeldung instead of Rückkoppelung (which has the same meaning in physics/mechanics), but the latter one is not used as a synonym for feedback. Maybe he used a translation service which translates without context.

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    I don’t think a machine translation is the culprit. I think it’s the person’s humour.
    – Jan
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 17:15
  • You're right! It's probably humourous.Even if leo.org Rückkopplung as the first match for the phrase feedback returns. :D
    – biolauri
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 17:30

The first and last time I heard the word Rückkoppelung in the real world was in university in an electrical engineering class. There it meant (electrical) feedback to a specific input. Thus, I dare say your assumption, Rückkoppelung equals Antwort, Rückmeldung, Feedback, is right.

Even if the sentence itself sounds noticeably strange to me as a native speaker.


Gib mir bitte eine Rückkoppelung zu diesem Thema.

Shouldn't be used in a classical email threat in terms of asking for feedback. Since it is used to describe the tune in your speaker when you hear yourself. Basically it is the tune you send via your mic and get broadcast via speaker on the other end and captured via the mic on that side to bring over to you again. Now you hear yourself in your speaker. That is a "Rückkopplung".

Your email should: "Gib mir bitte ein Feedback zu diesem Thema."

  • Your answer does not add substantially to PerlDucks comment, and I consider the proposed Feedback (already covered in several answers, too) as inferior compared to Rückmeldung already suggested, so should may be a bit strong.
    – guidot
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 12:25
  • How does asking go together with a threat?
    – Jan
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 16:58

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