office: Pet Peeve #732
If I may take a moment to rant… Here’s a clipped image of an e-mail sent out this morning regarding a going away luncheon for an employee that’s leaving. From the blurry mass next to To: and the opening “Everyone,” you can see it was sent to a lot of people. The sender asked people to respond and let him know whether they’re in or out. What most normal people who’ve been using Microsoft Outlook long enough would do–and probably already did–is use the keystroke combo Ctrl-R to reply to the message.
But if things were that simple, I wouldn’t have a rant, would I? Nope, even though many people here have been using computers since well before the mouse input device existed, they still haven’t assimilated keyboard commands. So instead of using the keyboard to reply, they click the button. “But hey Brian,” you might say, “there’s a Reply button right there in the upper-left portion of the message window!” And you would be correct! Full marks to you for passing the observation portion of the challenge. But for some reason when it comes to the execution section of the exam, people here bypass that button and go straight for the Reply All button instead. So now 50 people are all getting messages–with the entire previous message still underneath, but that’s a completely different rant–with “I’m in.” and “Count me in.” and “Me too.” and… “I’m in.” I’m just waiting for someone (not me) to snap and send a reply to everyone asking everyone to stop sending their replies to everyone. 😈
I normally use the BCC: function when sending something to my team, or I make it clear when and if a response is required. But it doesn’t seem to matter, if someone can send their response to everyone involved, even when those other people don’t need to know about it… they will. Reply to All has easily surpassed High Priority as my latest e-mail-related office pet peeve.
Ok, back to work. Is it the weekend yet?