“Reply All” Is Not Understood By All

, , , , , | Working | October 16, 2018

(Today, some people in a province-wide organization received an email labeled, “test,” with no other information included. The distribution list appeared to be random, given some of the responses, which were, of course, reply all.)

Coworker #1: “How did this get to me? Not even close.”

Coworker #2: “Why am I getting these messages?”

Coworker #3: “Not sure what this is all about, but doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Coworker #4-#8: “Ditto.”

Coworker #9: “I assume you two are talking to each other, and not aiming to reach me?!”

Coworker #10: “Can you please remove me from this thread? Thanks.”

Coworker #11: “???”

Coworker #12: “Okay, everyone, stop replying all. You are disturbing my work. I have forwarded this to [IT]. Leave it alone!”

Coworker #13: “Okay, guys, every reply all goes to all of us, which means more spam.”

Coworker #14: “Why am I included? I am doing a workshop; please take me out of whatever this is.”

Coworker #15-#20: “DO NOT DO A REPLY ALL; otherwise, everybody will get this email response.”

Coworker #21: “You are all emailing many people with your questions about these emails. You are flooding my email. PLEASE STOP REPLYING.”

Coworker #22: “I conclude with the rest of these individuals! Unsure why my name is attached to these ‘tests.’”

Coworker #12: “Okay, everyone, stop replying all. You are disturbing my work. I have forwarded this to the service desk. Leave it alone!”

Coworker #23: “I don’t know why I’m getting these emails.”

Coworker #24: “MY EMAIL IS FILLED WITH ALL THIS!”

Coworker #25: “Not sure why I am included in this list, but I am sure it has nothing to do with me.”

(Until finally:)

Coworker #85: “STOP.
DO NOT REPLY ALL.
DO NOT ASK TO BE REMOVED.
PLEASE DELETE THESE MESSAGES AND IGNORE ALL REPLIES.
THE BUSINESS WILL REMOVE THOSE NOT INVOLVED IN THIS TEST.
Thanks.”

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