It happens with the best of us.
On Thursday, Microsoft was swallowed up by an e-mail apocalypse, with thousands of unhappy employees stuck in the unwanted discussion lines and receiving regular updates, including those that were annoying and others that were absurd. In a video that tried to help his colleagues to free himself, a Microsoft employee said that the email had captured 11,543 Microsofties.
Microsoft declined to comment.
It all started when an employee sent a message to everyone who helps with the management of Microsoft's GitHub account, we hear. Ironically, we hear that this original message was telling everyone in the organization how to change their GitHub settings to receive fewer notifications.
GitHub is the mega-popular code-sharing site for programmers, of which Microsoft was still a superpower user before it was acquired for $ 7.5 billion last year. Given that Microsoft is the biggest contributor to open source projects on GitHub, it's no surprise that this message has reached more than 11,000 people.
According to Twitter messages, it did not take long before it became a full fiasco: some people committed the deadly sin of this situation and replied that everyone in the e-mail discussion asked to be removed. Others made jokes for their regular audience, begged their colleagues to stop responding or tried to give useful advice to those who were stuck in the discussion.
What's more, a whim in the system meant that even employees who managed to unsubscribe were subscribed over and over again, according to reports.
It was, apparently, chaos.
The bedlam connection
The whole incident seems to have been extremely funny to long-term Microsoft systems because it evokes a legendary episode in the history of the company.
Long ago, in 1997, Microsoft was still working on the failure of Exchange, the ubiquitous e-mail server for companies. For testing, Microsoft has created a mailing list with about 25,000 employees, called Bedlam DL3, with the name chosen for reasons that have been lost over time.
An employee noticed that they were in the Bedlam DL3 group and sent a message to the list asking to be removed.
That message went to all 25,000 people in the mailing group. It led to many reactions – again, some people tried to help, while others made jokes. But the most common answer was a simple "me too!" of people who wanted to leave the Bedlam DL3 list and wanted to get rid of it.
Factoring in all of these messages, not to mention the read receipts that many employees had enabled, and it actually shut down Microsoft's email server for two days while the IT department invented how to fix it.
To this day, Bedlam DL3 is still a joke of Microsoft employees – indeed, during the latest reaction from Microsoft – all apocalypse, several employees would have added their own "I too"! to the wire. Some even call it Bedlam V2 & # 39; or even & # 39; Gitlam & # 39 ;.
Finally, the best advice to ensure that a similar situation does not happen to you is by simply not responding to everyone when you copy a massive e-mail or other type of message. You do everyone a favor.
Just … seriously, do not do it.