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Using the imperative wording "please confirm" suggests the recipient must take an action, rather than passively receive information. This reminds me of a Mac OS X Human Interface Guideline:

"Use a verb or verb phrase for the title of a push button. The title you create should describe the action the button performs—Save, Close, Print, Delete, Change Password, and so on."

http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/UserEx...

The difference between "Email confirmation" and "Please confirm your email" is like that between "Ok" and "Save."




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