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Big BatteryBig Battery Senior MemberCentral NCPosts: 22,850 AG
On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


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  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,795 AG
    Because people are stupid.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Senior Member GrovelandPosts: 16,680 AG
    why are people included in an email that do not need to know the response? 
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,795 AG
    why are people included in an email that do not need to know the response? 
    Because people are stupid.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • dave44dave44 Senior Member Chesterfield, Va.Posts: 18,780 AG
    kellercl said:
    why are people included in an email that do not need to know the response? 
    Because people are stupid.
    I’m sensing a trend, here?
  • mplspugmplspug Senior Member Posts: 16,009 AG
    edited April 2020 #6
    Like when HR sends something and someone replies all **** about a policy
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • captbonefishcaptbonefish UmatilaPosts: 902 Officer
    Many an idiot has gotten in big trouble hitting reply all.......
  • conchydongconchydong Senior Member Posts: 13,979 AG
    I dislike the "group" texts even more. I hate when your phone starts going off with replies, sometimes from numbers that you don't even recognize who it is. 

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • 4WARD4WARD Senior Member Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,969 Captain
    Why do people NOT click reply all?
    Especially when it takes 6 phone calls and more private emails to get everyone up to date.

    Sorry, soar subject right now. Half our company is too scared to leave the couch. Getting real tired of holding hands and covering for .... I’ll leave it at that.😇
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    For they always bring me tears
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  • mplspugmplspug Senior Member Posts: 16,009 AG
    I still like the old we just had a 1 hour meeting that could have been one email.
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • micci_manmicci_man Senior Member Somewhere in FLPosts: 15,001 AG
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
  • dave44dave44 Senior Member Chesterfield, Va.Posts: 18,780 AG
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 
    I feel that way too. They need my approval and it gets the ball rolling through the whole place. It’s also Insurance that everyone knows I want the ball pushed.
  • AC ManAC Man Senior Member OcalaPosts: 7,283 Admiral
    I have no idea what you're talking about when you say reply all? Nothing that I've come across.
  • AC ManAC Man Senior Member OcalaPosts: 7,283 Admiral
    I have no idea what you're talking about when you say reply all? Nothing that I've come across.
  • TarponatorTarponator Senior Member Under a BridgePosts: 19,743 AG
    He's talking about email, AC.
  • cadmancadman Senior Member Posts: 43,201 AG
    I assumed they were not familiar with their email program and hit the wrong button, especially the times when the reply was a personal issue and not directed at the group. 


    Former Mini Mart Magnate

    I am just here for my amusement. 

  • Big BatteryBig Battery Senior Member Central NCPosts: 22,850 AG
    edited April 2020 #17
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 

    Not really.  A sender is asking if everyone is available for a date to hold a meeting... he/she only needs a reply from each person, not a reply all from each person.  The other participants in the email dont need to know your answer. I dont need extra emails from people with their answers to feel important, it just needlessly clogs up the inbox. I dont care what the other answers are, that is the responsibility of the sender to sort that out.

    Reply All is SPAM
  • jcbcpajcbcpa Senior Member South GeorgiaPosts: 2,557 Captain
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 

    Not really.  A sender is asking if everyone is available for a date to hold a meeting... he/she only needs a reply from each person, not a reply all from each person.  The other participants in the email dont need to know your answer. I dont need extra emails from people with their answers to feel important, it just needlessly clogs up the inbox. I dont care what the other answers are, that is the responsibility of the sender to sort that out.
    Yep, what micci said. If I send an e-mail to several people, it's because I want all of those people to know what's going on with a certain job or jobs that's going on and I want them all to know everyone's responses. Did it all day yesterday with a couple of partners and a couple of staff members on one job. 

    "Winners take responsibility, losers blame others"

    Megyn Kelly

  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,795 AG
    edited April 2020 #19
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 

    Not really.  A sender is asking if everyone is available for a date to hold a meeting... 
    That is another pet peeve of mine.  Getting an email asking what date/time I am free....  Outlook has a scheduling assistant that will show when people are free and it is really easy to use.  

    I also love it when my boss writes an email telling me to schedule a meeting with him,  when it would have been faster for all parties had he just simply scheduled the meeting in the first place.  

    And of course you have to combined to two above points.  Being told to schedule a meeting, doing so and using scheduling assistant (e.g. everybody is free), only to be told you picked a time that doesn't work and the person who told you to schedule the meeting hasn't updated his calendar.    
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Senior Member Sarasota, FloridaPosts: 7,196 Admiral
    AC Man said:
    I have no idea what you're talking about when you say reply all? Nothing that I've come across.
    AC, it is when you receive an email and multiple people are included (CC'ed) in on an email, not just yourself.  If you just hit "Reply", your answer goes only to the person who sent the email, but if you hit "Reply All" then everyone on the email chain sees your reply.  

    If someone sends me an email with others included, I assume they want my reply to go to all listed.
    Always Do Sober What You Said You'd Do Drunk. That Will Teach You To Keep Your Mouth Shut. - Ernest Hemingway
  • micci_manmicci_man Senior Member Somewhere in FLPosts: 15,001 AG
    I hope y'all don't have any real problems come up. 3 homes were destroyed yesterday evening from tornadoes 30 miles from me. I bet they would all rather get extra mail in their inbox vs loosing their homes.  
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,795 AG
    edited April 2020 #22
    micci_man said:
    I hope y'all don't have any real problems come up. 3 homes were destroyed yesterday evening from tornadoes 30 miles from me. I bet they would all rather get extra mail in their inbox vs loosing their homes.  
    And yesterday people died of cancer.  I bet they would have rather lost their home than died of cancer.  How dare people complain about losing their house when people died of cancer!!!  

    *see how silly your argument is?  The idea that only the very worse off people can complain is stupid.  Complaining, also known as venting, is good for mental health.      
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Big BatteryBig Battery Senior Member Central NCPosts: 22,850 AG
    jcbcpa said:
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 

    Not really.  A sender is asking if everyone is available for a date to hold a meeting... he/she only needs a reply from each person, not a reply all from each person.  The other participants in the email dont need to know your answer. I dont need extra emails from people with their answers to feel important, it just needlessly clogs up the inbox. I dont care what the other answers are, that is the responsibility of the sender to sort that out.
    Yep, what micci said. If I send an e-mail to several people, it's because I want all of those people to know what's going on with a certain job or jobs that's going on and I want them all to know everyone's responses. Did it all day yesterday with a couple of partners and a couple of staff members on one job. 

    Then YOU should indicate in your email for everyone to reply all or the content of YOUR email should indicate that is your expectation. Otherwise, Reply All is just another form of SPAM.
  • mplspugmplspug Senior Member Posts: 16,009 AG
    I use reply all the time in our department because usually a email with multiple people is a discussion.  Then one day I got a company email from HR and I did a reply all. I had to go back and make sure I didn't swear or have a smart **** comment in it. I did apologize to the HR person because my email sparked other people to reply all. 
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • Big MakBig Mak Senior Member On the Edge or Going DeepPosts: 5,909 Admiral
    edited April 2020 #25
    I hit reply all, if I bother replying, but not before I add a few other people on my own.
  • cracker4112cracker4112 Senior Member South TampaPosts: 995 Officer
    My biggest issue with reply all is with personal email, not business.  Generally in my work reply all is used as a collaborative discussion tool.  Its with the kids teams, classes, parent groups that really irritates me.  For instance, the kids coach says that practice is Tuesday at 10.  I don't need all the responses clogging up my inbox with "little Johnny cant make it", "We will be there", etc.  Only the coach needs to get those responses.  Just annoying, not the end of the world.
  • jcbcpajcbcpa Senior Member South GeorgiaPosts: 2,557 Captain
    jcbcpa said:
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 

    Not really.  A sender is asking if everyone is available for a date to hold a meeting... he/she only needs a reply from each person, not a reply all from each person.  The other participants in the email dont need to know your answer. I dont need extra emails from people with their answers to feel important, it just needlessly clogs up the inbox. I dont care what the other answers are, that is the responsibility of the sender to sort that out.
    Yep, what micci said. If I send an e-mail to several people, it's because I want all of those people to know what's going on with a certain job or jobs that's going on and I want them all to know everyone's responses. Did it all day yesterday with a couple of partners and a couple of staff members on one job. 

    Then YOU should indicate in your email for everyone to reply all or the content of YOUR email should indicate that is your expectation. Otherwise, Reply All is just another form of SPAM.
    No, I really shouldn't. I don't have to, everyone that's included in my e-mail already know that they NEED to be included in all replies. We are swapping information about the jobs we are working on and it's crucial that everybody knows what everybody else is doing. 

    "Winners take responsibility, losers blame others"

    Megyn Kelly

  • pottydocpottydoc Senior Member Posts: 5,598 Admiral
    micci_man said:
    On a message meant to only reply to the sender?


    Not sure about you but if I get an email that has multiple people included it means everyone was asked/informed and a reply should go out to all included. 
    I get multiple person e mails and texts every day. Stuff like “Who needs inspections for tomorrow?” I don’t need to know who else needs inspections, but most of the morons who answer click the reply all option. Because it’s my work phone, I have to look every time it goes off. I hate the reply all option
  • mplspugmplspug Senior Member Posts: 16,009 AG
    Reply all is the digital equivalent of "Look at me"!
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Senior Member GrovelandPosts: 16,680 AG
    i have to reply to all for my job but only people required to read and respond are included.   You have a shipper or a receiver a dispatcher, customer service rep, customer all on one email and everyone needs to know when something will be picked up and delivered.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • jcbcpajcbcpa Senior Member South GeorgiaPosts: 2,557 Captain
    i have to reply to all for my job but only people required to read and respond are included.   You have a shipper or a receiver a dispatcher, customer service rep, customer all on one email and everyone needs to know when something will be picked up and delivered.  
    Exactly, everybody that's included have a part in what's going on and need to be. 

    "Winners take responsibility, losers blame others"

    Megyn Kelly

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