NYU students are calling it "Replyallcalypse" (because tech snafus should always be compared to massive disastrous events), but for anyone not involved, it's one of the funnier email mistakes you'll ever see. It all began when David Vogelsang, a director at NYU's Student Resource Center, sent an email Monday asking students if they wanted to opt for paperless, electric delivery of their tuition form this year. A sophomore who received the email then forwarded it to his mom, asking if she wanted him to start being a better environment steward. "do you want me to do this?" he specifically asked. We know this, because instead of forwarding the email, he reply-all'd to thousands of students.
This, obviously, was not supposed to be possible. The problem came from Vogelsang. "I was assisting the Bursar with an email message and in populating one of the SRC Listserves did not realize the list I was using was one that allowed for responses and thus the "replyallcalypse," Vogelsang told NYU Local yesterday. "This morning I deleted everyone on the list." The long and short of it is this: Many of the 40,000 students at NYU, starting with Wiseltier up there, started shooting off emails to the student body.
I say many, not all, because despite what has been reported by Yahoo and other outlets, not everyone received the emails. Our own Dineen, a student at NYU, says she received around 200 emails. Other students have told her they received only six, and some students totally missed out on the Replyallcalypse. For those who were involved, though, it royally sucked yesterday. "It was pretty much just dumb and annoying," she said.
Here's a small sampling of the emails sent to the student body, as originally screen-grabbed by Buzzfeed staff writer Allison McCann:
You have to feel for the sophomore who started all this. Just trying to be a dutiful son, and instead he gets screwed by a technical glitch. At least he's got some campus fame now—perhaps he can parlay this to his advantage?