Email Rant

We have a running joke at work that involves mass emails. From time to time we’ll receive a message that is well intended and genuine, but invariably one person (to start with) will click “Reply All” when they should have just clicked “Reply.” This results in a flood of idiocy (my new band name, if I, like, had musical talent, and a band) with one reply all after the other trying to stop insanity. For example:

(after clicking Reply All, of course) Please do not use Reply All when you only want to connect with the original sender! Thanks!

Which results in:

(another Reply All) Yeah, it really is annoying, please stop.

So I was pleased to read the results of this survey this morning. It would appear I am not alone. I especially enjoyed this:

Unravel the mystery. Rather than forwarding a lengthy e-mail exchange to colleagues as an “FYI,” forcing them to scroll to understand why they’re being copied, give a brief synopsis of the situation. This allows them to choose whether or not to review the details.

Author: RonTopofIt

RonTopofIt is a complex personality, as are most of the small breed of modern day renaissance millionaires. He wishes more people were like him and yet believes that it takes all kinds. You've met RonTopofIt many times, you just don't remember him.

5 thoughts on “Email Rant”

  1. Good call, Runnergirl. is so useful. I am constantly steering people there. It is very awkward, however, when you get an email from a loved one or close friend and you have to bite your tongue and not just pile on. “No mom, that really isn’t Bush fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans.”


  2. I had to actually tell my step mother to stop sending me email at work for any reason due to her constant emails about crimes to look out for that were total urban legends. She thought she was helping, I know. It was so frustrating.


  3. I thought the same thing until I met this nice guy in a hotel lounge, only waking up later in a tub of ice with my kidneys gone and a phone with a note that said, “This is an urban legend” written on it. I’m still in counseling.


  4. What about those who send the mass e-mails that are known urban legends and/or flagrantly untrue (and one quick trip to would confirm that you are not, in fact, going to receive a check for $1000 from Bill Gates.)


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