Yet another reply-all fiasco: Apparently, we need to take down the pool in Phi Delt…

Before Tuesday afternoon, we current Brown students felt little compassion for those suffering from any sort of reply-all fiasco. Only rising seniors—who were merely freshmen at the time—remember Brown’s own reply-all incident back in 2011, during which enraged students used every type of font and color to encourage those on the same ListServ to stop hitting reply all. Last fall, we laughed at poor NYU student Max Wiseltier as he, hoping to forward an email about paperless tuition to his mother, accidentally hit reply all to an e-mail that promptly went out to every single student at the university. These two instances seemed too far-removed to ever infiltrate our Gmail inboxes, but it seems that the reply-all chaos has hit home yet again.

Here’s how it started: At 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, the University Scheduling Office sent out an email explaining that the Resource 25 Scheduling request was back online. Cool. We didn’t even know the University had a Scheduling Office. But what did this email even mean?

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We really didn’t have any idea, and it didn’t seem like anyone else did either. The Brown University Scheduling Office thanked us for our patience, but it definitely spoke too soon. Continue Reading

NYU student incites reply-all chaos

Max Wiseltier: Lord of Chaos

It’s happened to all of us at least once. You get an exciting group email, and in your rush to respond to the sender you accidentally hit “reply all” and notify a whole bunch of random Brown students that you’re “TOTALLY in!!!” They can be tough to live down, but these reply-all mishaps are usually inconsequential. Unless you’re Max Wiseltier.

Max was one of the nearly 40,000 NYU students who received an e-mail regarding a paperless option for tuition payment. Turning to his mom for advice (classic Wiseltier), he sent out a simple email reading “do you want me to do this?” To his horror, he soon found that he had hit reply all and sent his response to every student at NYU. That’s a lot of students–39,979 to be exact. To put it in perspective, a similar amount of e-mails would result if a Brown student tried replying to ResLife and instead sent out an email to a quarter of Providence’s inhabitants.

With Max’s mishap came the revelation amongst students that emails could be sent to every NYU student. Naturally, a bloodbath ensued. The reply-alls started innocently (“sorry think you have the wrong person”), but they soon took a silly turn:

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