“I tried emailing my mom to see if it was a good idea,” Wiseltier told TODAY.com. “But instead of hitting the ‘forward’ button, I replied to everyone.” “Everyone” included the 39,979 students on NYU’s “src-contacts” mailing list, NYU Local’s Kelly Weill specifies.
“[D]o you want me to do this?” Wiseltier had written in the email to his mom, before walking away from his computer. “I was completely unaware of it [going to the entire mailing list] until my roommate asked me why I sent him an email.”
Upon learning of the mistake, Wiseltier quickly sent another message. “SORRY!!!!!!! Gmail switched my reply to reply all!” he wrote.
But the Pandora’s box was already opened. Students suddenly realized that they, too, could spam the whole school by simply hitting “reply all.” “We had been given a great and terrible power,” wrote Weill. “For a moment we contemplated responsibility, then gleefully tossed it aside in favor of posting pictures of cats.”
Nothing new here for anyone who has experience in the corporate world. I remember a time when Motorola’s Exchange servers crashed during a replyallcalypse storm