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2012-11-28 09:13:28 AM
BIE?
 
2012-11-28 09:13:32 AM
Oh gods. I've done something like this before. There's nothing like a day of reassuring an entire university's staff that they have not just been unexpectedly fired.
 
2012-11-28 09:27:29 AM
Does anyone have a copy of goodburger I can borrow?
 
2012-11-28 09:28:07 AM

olapbill: BIE?


My first thought.

Anyway, this one was good:

"Does anyone have a copy of the movie Goodburger that I could borrow?"
 
2012-11-28 09:31:51 AM

Orgasmatron138: "Does anyone have a copy of the movie Goodburger that I could borrow?"


Hey, I have dibs.

"Whoa! Its a clock!"
 
2012-11-28 09:34:52 AM
Hilarity? Words mean things, dammit. When you devalue them like this, only chaos can result.
 
2012-11-28 09:44:44 AM
I heard this on NPR this morning but they didn't mention it was a LISTSERV system. That explains a lot.

/ welcome to the late '80s, kids, this is all some of us had at one time
// that and BBSes
/// mmmm... Trade Wars
 
2012-11-28 09:59:44 AM
Pretty sure the University at Buffalo did something like this once where they just CC'd everyone instead of using a listserv and everyone started hitting reply all and spamming.

Good Burger was a good one, but I'm surprised no Battletoads?

Amusing that it took them over 24 hours to shut it down.
 
2012-11-28 10:08:43 AM
I'm surprised it didn't crash their servers.
 
2012-11-28 10:09:35 AM
this happened at a prior employer, a few times.

my prior employer had a very serious policy on promoting diversity, including a Chief Diversity Officer and several weeks "celebrating" various minority groups in the corporate cafeteria (its lesbian mexican week, fish tacos for all!)

much hilarity and firings ensued whenever a racist/sexist joke ended up being sent around the firm.
 
2012-11-28 10:11:07 AM
This happened at BU in 1996 when I was a freshman. It was not amusing then, either. People are idiots.
 
2012-11-28 10:12:35 AM
Back in 2002, in HS, I discovered that the IT department hadn't disabled NET SEND. A quick script to execute "NET SEND *" five times per second and operations quickly halted.

The next day teachers employed their exemplary detective skills asking "who normally sits at this desk?". "(Poker face)No one".

Then the head of the IT department was arrested for sodomy and it all went away.
 
2012-11-28 10:24:03 AM

TheSwizz: Back in 2002, in HS, I discovered that the IT department hadn't disabled NET SEND. A quick script to execute "NET SEND *" five times per second and operations quickly halted.


I worked with a guy who would, about once a week, accidentally type SEND instead of USE, and send the entire company the network path he was trying to map a drive to. Good times, good times.
 
2012-11-28 10:35:40 AM
The interesting thing about this isn't the discussion space that is created- that happens all the time of Facebook, school papers, internal blogs, etc. The fascinating thing is what happens when you force everyone to pay attention.

Turns out you get dicks.
 
2012-11-28 10:40:38 AM
At college in 2006 students were using the all students distribution list for selling/buying textbooks and lost items. this developed into people trying to sell copies of cat in the hat, then a saga of someone trying to locate a missing sandwich and resulted in this email being sent to all students, teachers, and facility.


Subject: get a life

ok this school is unbelievable.
to all you pathetic loosers that send 1,00326873 emails a day to the entire school community, (about sandwiches??, whats going on in your boring online world you call life, advertising your self with annoying downloads for your crappy music you spend hours in a dark room making.....etc. etc.....) and other equally pathetic crap......STOP IT. youre not cool, your not funny, you are only A WASTE OF OXYGEN, and the reason my mailbox is always full & i cant receive important emails from my nursing professors is cause you have nothing better to do than surf the web, check your myspace account 5,0093029 times a day (oh booooy!! maybe someone left you a comment!!!), yeah, on how you shouldnt be in college, but flippin burgers instead! so for god's sake do something wiht your sad life.....i dont know......study???? take up a major that involves some thinking??? volunteer???? just get out of your small, dark dorm room, take your hands off the keyboard, and do something productive and meaningful. i transferred from a big school and let me tell you kids there have better things to do than poke people all day or email an entire schools mailbox about their latest adventures at lunch.
i could go on and on but peice-

i would love for one of you dorks to meet me face to face

-lewis' #1 soutsider-


/csb
 
2012-11-28 10:45:44 AM
Ugh, 10 or so years ago, some jackass used the all-hands Province of New Brunswick alias wanting to borrow chairs for some worthless-sounding seminar somewhere in the south of the province. The mail-storm caused by other managerial lusers using reply-all ("Why am I getting these emails???") melted down the province's server by day's end. The server shiatting itself actually caused physical damage, somehow. The techies wound up having to swap some hardware (never found out what, exactly) before they could rebuild the server and apply the backups.

/ Their third task was to nerf the global aliases.
// Two months later, some numbnut used the Government of Canada global list for some stupid local shiat, which appears to have included all provinces. No mail-storm, though.
 
2012-11-28 11:01:49 AM
The best parts of incidents like these isn't the Send/Reply-All, it's the jackasses who Reply All to that email to scold the person for using it. 

/And then the third person who does the same thing to point out the hypocrisy of the second person, of course
 
2012-11-28 11:50:18 AM
I replied to a listserve once...once was enough.

It wasn't even that bad, but it let my current employer know that I was interested in employment elsewhere...oops.
 
2012-11-28 11:57:42 AM
It's news that college kids don't understand how email works?
College kids?

/used to happen at HP all the time. Still occasionally does.
//We have no idea what we're doing.
 
2012-11-28 12:18:01 PM
This is the really scary part:

"Unsure of what he should do, sophomore Max Wiseltier figured he should probably ask his mom for advice."

Holy crap, a uni age student that needs his MOM's advice on something as trivial as this!!!!!!
 
2012-11-28 12:35:43 PM

geezergeek: This is the really scary part:

"Unsure of what he should do, sophomore Max Wiseltier figured he should probably ask his mom for advice."

Holy crap, a uni age student that needs his MOM's advice on something as trivial as this!!!!!!


Well, I know I wasn't a tax expert at 19 years of age, nor would I have know what a 1098-T was.
 
2012-11-28 12:38:14 PM

geezergeek: This is the really scary part:

"Unsure of what he should do, sophomore Max Wiseltier figured he should probably ask his mom for advice."

Holy crap, a uni age student that needs his MOM's advice on something as trivial as this!!!!!!


Some college kid asking his mom for tax advice is probably the only reasonable thing that happened in that whole story.
 
2012-11-28 01:23:49 PM
Work for the State of Kentucky. We get at least one of these a week.

/It's always 20 years behind
 
2012-11-28 01:38:36 PM
I had something like this happen at work.

I work for a big, big organization.

Hundreds were getting emails that had nothing to do with the subject (invoice issue that shoudl have gone to 1 person).

Dozens were writing back to all, saying "take me off this email chain" followed by the predictable "don't reply all" which of course was followed by "telling all not to 'reply all' you have replied all, stop it", etc.

After about 40 of these and much groaning ont he subject one of my coworkers began mocking the people in the office who were getting spammed with that crap.

So I replied all and CC'ed Mr. Liam76 co-worker, with the announcement, "please include Mr. Liam76 co-worker on this email chain"

Good times.
 
2012-11-28 01:45:48 PM
The same ass clown who started this (David Vogelsang, NYU Student Resource Center) also doesn't know how to spell queue (que). Surprised?
 
2012-11-28 01:46:59 PM
Every year in networking they learn how SMTP works and how to spoof emails, which always leads to at least one kid who spoofs an email from the president of the University about classes bring canceled. It was always fun stuff when the shiat exploded
 
2012-11-28 01:55:40 PM

dumbobruni: this happened at a prior employer, a few times.

my prior employer had a very serious policy on promoting diversity, including a Chief Diversity Officer and several weeks "celebrating" various minority groups in the corporate cafeteria (its lesbian mexican week, fish tacos for all!)


Keyboard, mouse, you owe me.
 
2012-11-28 01:56:06 PM

pseudoscience: The same ass clown who started this (David Vogelsang, NYU Student Resource Center) also doesn't know how to spell queue (que). Surprised?


What?
 
2012-11-28 02:07:01 PM
I'm confused... why would this guy have used 'reply' at all if he was trying to forward it to his mother for her review?
 
2012-11-28 02:10:47 PM
This happened on my major's DL when I was in school. 24 hour+ flame war, it was. The only difference was that it was only about 10% of the people and there was Photoshop involved.

It was pretty much FARK in email form.

/ Good times
// Good times
/// They shut the DL down after that.
 
2012-11-28 02:18:13 PM

Cork on Fork: I'm confused... why would this guy have used 'reply' at all if he was trying to forward it to his mother for her review?


He probably meant to hit forward and replied by mistake.

The problem is that because this was set up as a LISTSERV mailing list it meant that the reply went back to the mailing list manager which automatically sent out updates to the mailing list to everybody who was on it, effectively acting as an automatic "reply all" button. Anything you send to that manager automatically goes out to everyone else on the same list.

It's a useful feature in technical or academic settings where a group of people who are all working on one thing but are geographically disbursed need to communicate as a single group. For example, consider a bunch of scientists all over the world coordinating on a single project who may not all be at their computers at the same time to communicate as a single large group all at once but need to keep each other updated or provide thoughts and questions to the group none-the-less.

It's not so useful, however, when you just wanted to send a one-time informational email to the student body and those people then start using it as a toy to annoy each other with endless mailing list updates.
 
2012-11-28 02:19:01 PM
A company I worked for had an incident somewhat like that where HR sent out a mass email and didn't do anything to prevent Reply All.

Except that time it was HR asking for voided checks to update some Direct Deposit stuff. Good times.
 
2012-11-28 02:25:53 PM
The most infuriating party of that article was the pansy asking NYU to provide dental insurance. really?
I hate NYU, but i dislike entitled NYU students more.
 
2012-11-28 02:40:14 PM

TheSwizz: Back in 2002, in HS, I discovered that the IT department hadn't disabled NET SEND. A quick script to execute "NET SEND *" five times per second and operations quickly halted.

The next day teachers employed their exemplary detective skills asking "who normally sits at this desk?". "(Poker face)No one".

Then the head of the IT department was arrested for sodomy and it all went away.


I remember once using NET SEND to send a message to a guy down the hall from me... something along the lines of "Your computer has been marked for illegally downloading copyrighted material. The FBI has been contacted, and an investigation has begun."

The guy's response? "OH shiat" *deletedeletedeletedeletedelete*

/csb
//yeah, it was kinda douchey
///funny though
 
2012-11-28 03:04:36 PM

Swoop1809: Every year in networking they learn how SMTP works and how to spoof emails, which always leads to at least one kid who spoofs an email from the president of the University about classes bring canceled. It was always fun stuff when the shiat exploded


I did this and scripted it. Luckily I only sent the emails to myself as a test because I farked something up and sent about a thousand before I realized something was wrong and killed it.
 
2012-11-28 04:50:29 PM
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2012-11-28 05:27:15 PM

TheSwizz: Back in 2002, in HS, I discovered that the IT department hadn't disabled NET SEND. A quick script to execute "NET SEND *" five times per second and operations quickly halted.

The next day teachers employed their exemplary detective skills asking "who normally sits at this desk?". "(Poker face)No one".

Then the head of the IT department was arrested for sodomy and it all went away.


I...did NOT see that coming.
 
2012-11-28 05:35:19 PM
It was funnier when it was my workplace and the original was hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

People replied to all to offer to skip work to go volunteer which led to the "don't reply all," "don't reply all to stop reply alls," "is your fridge running."

Since it was the "all professionals" distribution to thousands of people I'm sure there were some repercussions.

Reply All - "my last name will be changing to IThinkImReallyImportant."
 
2012-11-28 05:37:33 PM
I love a good reply to all cascade. it's like a train wreck with no casualties.
 
2012-11-28 07:50:27 PM

Trainspotr: TheSwizz: Back in 2002, in HS, I discovered that the IT department hadn't disabled NET SEND. A quick script to execute "NET SEND *" five times per second and operations quickly halted.

The next day teachers employed their exemplary detective skills asking "who normally sits at this desk?". "(Poker face)No one".

Then the head of the IT department was arrested for sodomy and it all went away.

I...did NOT see that coming.


Yeah, the whole thing took a pretty hard left turn. Double that with the fact that it had been going on for four years and our school had only been open for three. Meaning that, more than likely, it was his daughter. The guy was something of a mentor, got me into programming and Linux, so I was pretty taken back.
 
2012-11-28 09:15:52 PM
Reminds me of....

"You and the Little Mermaid can go fark yourselves.... "


/hopefully not obscure?
 
2012-11-28 10:03:32 PM
I did this to my modem-based ISP many many years ago when I realized that the global address worked for anybody. It was in the line of "If this actually works, this is a very stupid security hole". I forgot I sent it and a few hours later, I get a call from one of the tech asking why I did it and that they almost considered kicking me off permanently. Also, I got a lot of strange replies that day.

Hated the morons that ran that service. They were using IRIX (a la Silicon Graphics) servers for an ISP. You don't buy SGI machines for network services. You buy them for 3D modeling. Well, their servers got hacked, and it killed their service for a while. They replaced them with Linux servers, but the incident really hurt their rep.
 
2012-11-29 02:11:28 AM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: I heard this on NPR this morning but they didn't mention it was a LISTSERV system. That explains a lot.

/ welcome to the late '80s, kids, this is all some of us had at one time
// that and BBSes
/// mmmm... Trade Wars


Damn you, Vegan Meat Popsicle! Now I want to play tradewars......where's my 2400 baud modem these days, anyways?

/My lawn, off it.
 
2012-11-29 02:28:27 AM

Farabor: Vegan Meat Popsicle: I heard this on NPR this morning but they didn't mention it was a LISTSERV system. That explains a lot.

/ welcome to the late '80s, kids, this is all some of us had at one time
// that and BBSes
/// mmmm... Trade Wars

Damn you, Vegan Meat Popsicle! Now I want to play tradewars......where's my 2400 baud modem these days, anyways?

/My lawn, off it.


Link
Enjoy! 
/love TW
 
2012-11-29 06:13:25 AM

PsyLord: I'm surprised it didn't crash their servers.


It happened a couple times where I worked before they mandated Distribution Lists to be locked down. And yeah a hundred thousand people getting these will kill the servers. And the people to blame is not the person who sent it, its the idiots who respond back telling everyone to stop replying to all and then recalling their message when they realize how stupid that was.
 
2012-11-29 12:16:17 PM
This used to happen like clockwork at the beginning of every new school year at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The geniuses in their IT department couldn't seem to figure out how to prevent "all" emails from being sent by anyone and everyone (even within their own @umd.edu domain). So you'd get the dean of students sending out something like "there's cookies and coffee in the student lounge" email to "all" and some jackass would reply-all "thanks", which would kick off endless rounds of "stop replying-all" and similar idiocy. And as far as I can tell nobody ever did anything about it. The problem would organically solve itself as students realized the problem and made a conscious effort not to repeat it. That says very little about the attentiveness of the university itself though.
 
2012-11-29 02:02:50 PM

cefm: The problem would organically solve itself as students realized the problem and made a conscious effort not to repeat it.


Sounds like they're engineering the experience. No better way than a mailstorm than to get people to mind their reply-alls.
 
2012-11-29 03:46:56 PM
This happened at my workplace once and I replied to all with

excoboard.com.

/21,613 employees currently
 
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