hobomod started this discussion by simply asking whether, in this day and age, we should include cover letters in the email body or attach them as separate documents, old-skool style. But it quickly turned into a much broader debate about what a cover letter should be, what's too formal, and what's not formal enough.
The email/attachment question of hasn't been answered yet, by the way. Feel free to add your thoughts on where it belongs, what it should say, and what it shouldn't...and don't leave out those juicy testimonials about your most unfavoritest letters that made you gag! So, To Cover Letter or Not To Cover Letter?