Following is the only-slightly-redacted text of an actual email exchange I just had with a well-intended but utterly clueless environmental activist trying to get the word out about his work. The original message had about 400 people in the To/CC lines.
From: XXXXXXXX Sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 8:47 PM To: Jon Stahl Subject: RE: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Jon: I have taken you from the list. Thanks for suggestions, but I like sending to diverse strangers, in the field of XXXXXX, especially gov people who live in a protected (idea) world. There is to much time wasted, "talking to the converted". Actually, I get very few complaints. Best, XXXXX
> XXXXXX- > > With all respect, we all really need you to stop putting your > entire address book in the To/CC line of your emails. > > It is creating a huge amount of unwanted email, generating a > "reply all" storm, and it's absolutely terrible online communications > etiquette. Please consider starting an email list (e.g. at > http://npogroups.org or Google Groups) or using a simple email > broadcasting service like http://mailchimp.com. > > Please remove me from your list, too. Thanks. > > cheers, > jon
Sometimes I wonder why I bother.