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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Did you really mean to "Reply to all"?

Ah, the misuse of that wicked button labeled, reply to all. We have all been on the receiving end of this critter. The bewildering e-mail that ends up in our inbox, and we look at it in confusion. What the hell is this? If you are lucky, there is only one set of discussion, but today I got a double whammy of the reply to all. Number One. Was someone who had gotten "spammed" by a semi-legitimate source. An opt-in from a trade journal, basically. Anyway, the guy was VERY ANGRY and hit the reply to all. I got the original message from the offending company, plus three more generated by the reply to all. It would have been funny if it wasn't so stupid. One instance of a person who was so out of it, he couldn't understand the e-mail was a sales marketing blast (You know, buy our amazing product at X% off, but instead of porn it is some legitimate offer), then two more from people who demanded to be unsubscribed from the mailing list. Now, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be removed from some spammers list, and maybe they did end up on this list quite unintentionally. Or maybe they opted in and just forgot. Anyway, all they did was annoy me, because I now got three more additional e-mails in my inbox. I did laugh at their silliness for using the reply to all button, however. Now, I know that anyone reading my blog has the know how to report spam and send it to the correct offending source, but just in case you need a refresher, here is a good place to start. I am of curse referring to those pesky bits of spam that make it past all you spam blockers. I have to admit that my company does a very good job of rejecting spam, and I have never received any of the porn type, and very few of non-business related spam, even in my junk mail box. Number Two. Now this one is funny, and I feel sorry for the person who sent it. I do think she should get fired for being so stupid though. Here's why. We all (and by we I am referring to my segment of the company) get this email yesterday regarding a change in a personnel contact. This position was formerly located on the west coast of the USA(PST), and now has moved to the midwest region of the USA(CST). All righty. So the person sends out the email, and she is all, "BTW, note the time change, and it is now two hours earlier". Then the rocket scientist does a reply to all saying, actually the time difference is only an hour earlier. WTF? I thought the time zones of the (mainland) USA went like this: PST, MST, CST, EST. And they are all an hour apart. DOH! I bet that is what she is saying now. She sent this out to the entire section of the company. Like 300 people. I hope she is about to take two weeks of holiday. I am still waiting for the reply to all responses telling her she is wrong. giggle


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