Reply-Allpocalypse: Sophomore Emails All 40,000 Students At NYU

Reply-Allpocalypse: Sophomore Emails All 40,000 Students At NYU
World

Nothing is worse when someone in your office hits “reply all” to a group email, except this: a sophomore spawned the “Reply-Allpocalypse” when he replied all to all 39,979 students at NYU.

Max Wiseltier, a sophomore at New York University, was just trying to forward an email from the Bursar’s Office to his mother on Monday, when he mistakenly hit the “reply to all” button, sending the message to the massive university’s entire student body.

When Wiseltier realized what he had done, he quickly sent out an apology to the tens of thousands of students.

The Reply-Allpocalypse was just starting, however.

“[Wiseltier's email] triggered a rare, University-wide revelation,” Kelly Weill wrote in NYU Local, the student newspaper. “We simultaneously realized that any message, complaint, whim, link, video, or GIF could be sent to nearly 40,000 people in an instant.”

And thousands of students did.

“So, how is everyone today?” wrote one.

“Does anyone have a pencil I could borrow?” wrote another.

“Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?” another asked.

The Reply-Allpocalypse was highlighted by a student attaching a photo of terribly shitty actor Nicholas Cage, who has achieved cult-status on sites like Reddit.

“We had been given a great and terrible power,” Weill reflected. “For a moment we contemplated responsibility, then gleefully tossed it aside in favor of posting pictures of cats. The ensuing hours were referred to as ‘The Reply-Allpocalypse,’ ‘The Day NYU Broke,’ and ‘Will Everyone Please Just Shut Up.’

The whole debacle started when David Vogelsang, who works at the NYU Student Resource Center, accidentally used the wrong listserv software to send out the innocuous email that sparked the inundation.

“Hi everyone,” Vogelsang wrote. “I’m the culprit behind the Lyris blunder. 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.’”

“I take full responsibility for this blunder and offer my sincere apologies for the frustrating situation that was created.”

There is no word as to whether the thread has subsequently been shut down or not.

Stephen Willard | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In World

Also On Elite

Sports

Manny Pacquiao Won Because Of This Crazy Prayer His Mom Made (Video)

Last night, Manny Pacquiao faced off with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas and won by a unanimous decision to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt, avenging his loss to Bradley in June 2012. While Pacquiao was clearly the better fighter, it’s not entirely clear if this was due to his months of training or a bit […]

Politics

First Crimea, Now Venice: Will Scotland And Catalonia Also Join The Fight For Independence?

The recent referendum in Crimea and the subsequent annexation of the peninsula by Russia has captured much of world’s attention, which has incidentally ignited discussions about secessionism in Europe. On September 18, 2014, Scotland will vote on whether or not to become independent from the United Kingdom. Moreover, as Graham Avery notes in a recent article for the Scottish […]

Sports

2014 NBA Draft Preview: Are These Underclassmen Everything They’re Hyped Up To Be?

This year’s upcoming NBA draft class is expected to be the best since 2003, which headlined players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade. Some of the anticipated freshmen in this draft have been described as having a multitude of praiseworthy adjectives. Players, such as Andrew Wiggins, have been dubbed as “the next LeBron […]

Envision

These Photos Of Children And Their Bedrooms Around The World Will Make You Appreciate All That You Have

Believe it or not, not every child has an unlimited amount of Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels race tracks and next generation game systems. As a matter of fact, some kids have absolutely nothing. In a recent project conducted by James Mollison, the Kenya-based photographer decided to capture both spectrums of the world’s youth. The project, titled “Where Children […]