E-mail inboxes were flooded with responses Tuesday after a chain e-mail discouraging consumers from buying certain gas suppliers somehow made its way to the entire university. To students. To faculty and staff. To alumni.The issue is not about how the e-mail was sent in the first place – it’s about all of those people, not just students, mind you, who seized the opportunity to reply to all. Perhaps these people did not actually take the time to think of their discourteous actions, but everyone else sure made note of them.
First, receiving any impersonal e-mail is annoying. The initial e-mail was something a lot of people would not like to receive – but hearing everyone else’s opinion about the matter could make one want to delete his or her e-mail account all together. No one cares if you support boycotting those companies or even if the e-mail is a farce. Most likely, if your recipient doesn’t know you, then you shouldn’t be sending it period.
Also, not that those who possess an e-mail address need to be told, but there are limited spaces in an account. While you may think your endorsement of some party is hilarious, people waiting for legitimate mail from their colleagues, possible employers or their professors aren’t appreciating your pathetic attempt at wit.
Even more moronic than the “witty” respondents were the people who sent e-mails such as this one, “STOP REPLYING ALL!!!! JUST DONT REPLY IT WILL STOP…I HAVE RECEIVED 38 OF THESE MESSAGES ALREADY….IF YOU DON’T REPLY NO ONE IS GOING TO RECEIVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”. They should re-examine the education they’re receiving at TCU. Bottom line: If you don’t like getting mass e-mails, do not send them.
All of those who responded to all should demonstrate a little more maturity, as alumni also received your e-mails, and be more constructive with your time and the rest of the server’s.
Associate editor Adrienne Lang for the editorial board.