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The ever-popular "Reply to all" email function... (Read 1228 times)


Think Whirled Peas

    Yep. I JUST did it. Knee-jerk reaction to a client email. There has been a long standing "relationship" issue w/this client and I did nothing to help the cause today. The person in question sent an email in to us, copying everyone under the sun, and basically came right out and called me a liar. In a furious 45 second span I responded in kind, w/the intention of sending it ONLY to my boss w/my take on the situation. Instead, my dumbass, in the heat of battle, hits the "reply to all" button and fired off a rather, ahem, terse explanation of how things went down. The fallout should be...interesting. I am such a dumbass.

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    Reproduction Specialist

      They should have a couple of pop up boxes when you hit reply all that ask "Are you sure you want to reply to all?" then another "Are you really sure you want to reply to all?" and a final "Last chance....are you really really sure you want to reply to all?" This would probably save some people from making that mistake and maybe help some keep their jobs. Good luck with the outcome of this. Hopefully nothing too bad...keep us posted.
        Oh my. Good luck with that. I hope everyone on that list is understanding. Smile

        Michelle

        Marathon Maniac # 3228




        Needs more cowbell!

          They should have a couple of pop up boxes when you hit reply all that ask "Are you sure you want to reply to all?" then another "Are you really sure you want to reply to all?" and a final "Last chance....are you really really sure you want to reply to all?" This would probably save some people from making that mistake and maybe help some keep their jobs. Good luck with the outcome of this. Hopefully nothing too bad...keep us posted.
          Ditto. Mike, you're a good egg and I can't imagine that you're a liar (unless you're REALLY good at it). I'm sure your boss will understand. He might just think you're a bozo who hasn't yet mastered e-mail communication. Wink

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          Lazy idiot

            I'm sure your boss will understand. He might just think you're a bozo who hasn't yet mastered e-mail communication. Wink
            If his boss is anything like the people I work for, he hasn't mastered email communication, either.

            Tick tock


            Needs more cowbell!

              If his boss is anything like the people I work for, he hasn't mastered email communication, either.
              Good point! Big grin

              I shoot pretty things! ~

              '14 Goals:

              • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


              I've got a fever...

                After spending so much time on this site, I find myself trying to look for the "Modify" link after I send an email, only to realize that once they're sent, they're sent. Some email programs allow you to retract sent mail (though usually only internally). See if you can do that. Also, when I'm composing an email, I usually blank out the TO: and CC: fields while working on it (unless it's way too inconvenient). Something to consider, especially if it's an emotional situation. Forces you to take a breath before sending knee-jerk emails. It doesn't just happen on email. I remember reading something about a phone conversation between Paul and John that occurred during/after the break-up of The Beatles. Apparently, they were arguing on the phone. Paul reportedly hung up, and immediately tried to call someone else. In the heat of the moment, he instead dialed John accidentally and said, "You'll never believe what f*****g John Lennon just said to me." There was a long pause, then John said, "Paul, this is f*****g John Lennon."

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                Mishka


                  Aw, crap. Technology really makes us look like idiots sometimes. Hopefully your version is the truthful one and everyone realizes that. A few months back, I got a new computer at work. My e-mail wasn't pre-populating as I typed in recipients names yet, so I copied and pasted the names of the 2 recipients intended on an e-mail. Somehow, Microsoft Outlook grabbed a list we have set up for the company's 401(k) participants. My eye caught it just as I hit the send button but it was too late for me to do anything about it. The message went to everyone on the list...including the CEO. Talk about a dumbass moment Blush
                    Outlook has a work Offline option where hitting the send button just copies the email to the outbox, giving you a chance to delete before synch'ing. Just Sayin.
                      As a result of making that same mistake once or twice, and also realizing that my emotional e-mails don't come across too well, I've made it a strict policy NOT to write that kind of e-mail. It's made my life much easier! My dad was an expert witness on a case, and the opposing attorney requested that she be given all the correspondence, including e-mails, from my dad to the lawyer he was working with. The request was granted! The lawyer on my dad's side actually suggested that they withhold some of the e-mails, but Dad said no way. E-mail is a dangerous thing!!
                      HOSS1961


                        As a well traveled peer once eloquently stated "F***em and feed 'em fish heads" Wink
                        HOSS 2009 Goals Have a healthy back and run w/o pain! Drop 15 pounds gained while injured
                          I have done this once (and it was enough!)--now, If I want to reply to someone on the email, I hit the forward button. Several years ago, a coworker sent out to our group an email about the company picnic, and how the ladies in another group thought it would be a good idea to have a potluck. Since the pcinic was already being catered, I thought this was a rather dumb idea...so I hit the reply all, stating as such--something like "Why in the hell would I want to bring a potluck dish to a catered affair?". I didn't notice that the lady's name who had brought up the idea was on the cc:. Blush The fallout was not pretty..even after I apologized. The ladies mafia had it in for me for quite awhile. I think now, about 11 years later, most have forgotten.
                          Dorsey

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                          Lisa3.1


                            I have done this once (and it was enough!)--now, If I want to reply to someone on the email, I hit the forward button. Several years ago, a coworker sent out to our group an email about the company picnic, and how the ladies in another group thought it would be a good idea to have a potluck. Since the pcinic was already being catered, I thought this was a rather dumb idea...so I hit the reply all, stating as such--something like "Why in the hell would I want to bring a potluck dish to a catered affair?". I didn't notice that the lady's name who had brought up the idea was on the cc:. Blush The fallout was not pretty..even after I apologized. The ladies mafia had it in for me for quite awhile. I think now, about 11 years later, most have forgotten.
                            LOL That sucks.
                              I heard a story once at my work that a woman had emailed her resume, applying for a job, and saved our boss as a contact. Later, she sent a very pornographic picture and joke to everyone on her list, forgetting that the boss was on there. Needless to say, she wasn't hired.


                              Needs more cowbell!

                                I heard a story once at my work that a woman had emailed her resume, applying for a job, and saved our boss as a contact. Later, she sent a very pornographic picture and joke to everyone on her list, forgetting that the boss was on there. Needless to say, she wasn't hired.
                                D'oh! Black eye

                                I shoot pretty things! ~

                                '14 Goals:

                                • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                                • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

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