Wednesday, December 31, 2008

When the government deserves a bad rap

An error on someone's server yesterday led them to sent out a blank email to hundreds of government employees. Rather than dismiss the email as a technical error, there were many 'reply all' responses that accomplished nothing other than to make those replying look like fools. It was so bad that our agency posted a bulletin titled "Email Storm", recommending that those receiving such emails simply erase them by hitting "SHIFT-DELETE".


Here's just ONE example of some email traffic:

From: XXXX Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:01 AMSubject: RE:

Please stop these emails also. I would appreciate it. Thank you.

From: XXXX Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 9:49 AMSubject: RE:

I would like for emails to stop also.

From: XX Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:23 PMSubject: RE:

Can you please stop these emails...I will really appreciate it.

From: XXXXX Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:07 PMSubject: RE:

What is going on with these emails? and why am I getting them?


Brett G said...

I don't think this phenomenon is limited to government employees. I think it's the large population of old people who don't know how to properly utilize technology.

I am frequently bombarded by the reply-all emails here at work. Sometimes I'll reply to everyone too and make some stupid comment that has nothing to do with what they are talking about and also insert someones email who wasn't on the original list - so they start getting all the reply-alls too. Haha!

steve and randel hambrick said...

you have GOT to be kidding! that is so funny! people must be BORED BORED BORED