| ||Some guy emails all of Microsoft and causes email shitstorm|
30 points by fiona57 on Feb 6, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 19 comments |
|This morning someone at Microsoft accidentally emailed the whole company - yes, all of Microsoft - and started receiving a bazillion replies from people asking to be removed from the thread. How it is possible to accidentially email the company I do not know, but it seems that permissions on certain distribution lists may need to be tightened.|
What happened next is where the story gets interesting and perplexing. People started replying all to tell everyone else to stop replying all, thus perpetuating the problem in an attempt to stop the mass email. You can't make this stuff up. "GOOD GOD STOP REPLYING ALL" is just one of the headlines from the reply-all emails that were sent out trying to get people to stop replying all. Its kind of a paradox, if you think about it.
Thinking that some people might not be getting the message to stop replying all, a new email was created with a different subject with CAPS instructions to stop replying all, which added to the overall slowdown, and essentially duplicated the original mistake and amplified the load on exchange servers through MS.
Emails to and from Microsoft employees have been bouncing back all day long. No report yet on when the problem will be resolved.
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