>It’s time we started a internet-wide conversation* about a silent epidemic that is killing productivity across the country — certainly at my university, and I presume at yours, too.
What is that silent killer of time? Reply-All [cue melodramatic music]
Seriously, when an administrator sends out to the entire university-wide faculty mailing list an invitation for a casual, drop-in coffee hour, do I really need to know if so-and-so from the business college is coming? Or even when the chair of a large committee sends out a message saying we need to meet, and asks which of the three following times works for the members, do I need to read everyone’s reply in order to make up my own mind? Does the chair need for every member to know every other member’s choice?
Ack! People! Stop hitting reply-all! I have enough e-mail and junk-mail to wade through as it is!
*The conversation isn’t really necessary. I feel better now that I’ve ranted. Feel free to rant in the comments.