Inboxes at the New York Times were plagued on Thursday by one of the most odious afflictions of the modern workplace: the replyallpocalypse.
As everyone who has used email knows, a replyallpocalypse isn’t simply an email chain with a lot of reply-alls. It’s what happens when the reply-all emails, cascading out of control, become demands to be removed from the chain.
At the Times, this digital horror show got so bad that a reporter wrote an article about it. “When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?,” the headline asked.
“No,” the one-word article answered.
BuzzFeed News has reviewed a copy of the offending replyallpocalypse and can confirm that it is indeed very bad.
It all started Thursday morning when an associate product manager sent out a link to travel deals. Unfortunately, she sent it to an email list that included many, many people at the company.