I work for the State of Tennessee, implementing a Federal Program. There are offices all over the country that do the same kind of work we do. Some time back, we all received a test email from a particular office to see if they had everyone on their email list. It worked and they specifically stated to disregard the message.
That is not what happened.
People from all over the country began to reply to the test message. At first, it was those clueless souls that honestly don’t realize that they are not supposed to press “Reply All.” They responded with questions like, “What is this about?” and “Is this for me?” Pray for them, they do not know what they do.
After about 20 or 30 of those types of messages, the “comedians” started getting involved. I use the term “comedian” loosely. These class clowns started pressing “Reply All” and sending little shout outs to all their friends in the DDS family. The rest of us were not amused. 30+ of these messages poured in to my email account in a matter of seconds.
Then the fun really started.
The final group of “Reply All” button pushers takes this whole situation to a new, previously unexplored level. These are the cream of the crop. These people understand the situation and they know exactly how to fix things. Their solution: Send an email to thousands of other employees telling everyone to stop pressing “Reply All” when they respond to the test message. These wunderkinds sent this brilliant email by pressing “Reply All.” I’m choking on the irony. Here are a few of their informative and helpful messages:
The “Angry and Serious” Response:
Stop responding to this. It’s sending messages to several THOUSAND people all over the US. They sent a test message to a blanket of DHS sites including the lists of all their employees. It was just a test. Please stop trying to be clever. Try to be professional and stop filling thousands of people’s inboxes with repeated replies.
The “Unhelpful Helpful” Response:
Please do not hit reply ALL (just reply to *****if you wish) with your comments. They are clogging every one’s in box.
The “Dictionary Definition” Response:
Disregard definition: to pay no attention to: treat as unworthy of regard or notice
And my favorite, The “I’m a Total Moron Response”:
I think my head just asploded.
I’m going to do my best to incorporate “asploded” into my daily vernacular. I don’t really know what it means but it has to be something totally amazing. In conclusion, when you get an email that is sent to hundreds, thousands, or even just a handful of people, don’t press “Reply All” unless the all in “ALL” really need to get your input. If not, you might cause many heads to asplode. And that can’t be good for anyone.