Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MBAs gone wild: fights over the email system

Reply to all is such a dangerous feature...
Here is a lovely little exchange that went across the servers tonight. Mass emails for marketing surveys are fairly common around the school and most people simply delete them. But oh no, not tonight. Finals are looming and pages of papers need to be written, and somewhere out in cyberspace, I think someone cracked.

Email #1
Subject: Please help with your input on store brands!
Hi guys! I'm SO sorry to for all the e-mail bombardment of surveys, but if you could answer this SHORT and sweet survey for our marketing class, we will be forever grateful! Please help your fellow MSB'ers out!! (=
Thank you so so much,
Student #1

Email #2 (From Student #2)
Subject: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Please do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Professors should ask their students to use other methods of gathering data.

Email #3
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Student #1-
Sending e-mails to ask for class related survey assistance is an appropriate use of the GroupWise e-mail system. You do not have to answer. If you have any questions regarding e-mail policy please ask me.
-MBA CTO

Email #4
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I agree with Student #2.
-Student #3

Email #5
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I also agree with Student #2.
-Student #4

Can you see where this is headed?

Email #6
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I think some people had bad days. I'd rather not have mass email responses in my inbox than survey solicitations
-Student #5


Email #7
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
if noone wants mass emails...stop responding to this email with "reply to all."

Email #8
Subject: Please do not use mass e-mails for an open forum discussion on mass e-mail surveys
I think this is ridiculous. Those of you who are complaining about cluttering of mailboxes are doing just that. Truly, how difficult is it to click the "delete" button? Appreciate the position of the students-they need large samples of volunteers. The operative word is volunteer-if you choose not to participate that is your decision. Just as I hit the "delete" button for these absurd comments that now clutter my mailbox, you too can click "delete".
-Student #7

Email #9
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
LOUD NOISES

And with that, the email chain was put to rest. For those of you who are not rolling on the floor right now see Anchorman.




2 comments:

JulyDream said...

Irony at its finest! :)

m@ said...

sorry, but i think 9 emails was WAY too short of a sample -- it needs to be, like, 46 to really describe the true essence. :)