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The Great Mailing List Fail of 2011 (Updated)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

After today, five minutes of all training sessions for Stanford administrative staff will be devoted to instructing people on the proper way to communicate information to students. That is, NEVER ADD THEM TO ONE GIANT MAILING LIST THAT THEY CAN SEND EMAILS TO. They will figure this out, they’re Stanford students.

At 5:20PM, all 6000+ students of Stanford’s undergraduate population found themselves added to the ugres_rcfs mailing list (which is officially the distribution list for Student Housing Undergraduate Room Condition Forms). The first email from the list was a repeat of a police report that had been issued last night, probably from the list’s administrator. Within minutes, people started asking the entire membership of the mailing list questions about the list, sparking several message threads of increasing confusion, rage, and diabolical glee.



Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

And spam is in my inbox. Welcome back to the Farm.

It’s that time of year again folks: Spring Quarter. That glorious time when, regardless of how cold it is, people are sunbathing because the sun’s out. That time when we all just slack off the tiniest bit because you’d rather play out on the Oval. Our school actually looks the way its portrayed in our brochure. It’s beautiful.

But it’s also a hot mess in email account. Despite efforts by the ASSU and individual efforts among dorm staffs, people use their dorm chat lists for the sale of their textbooks and other items.

Honestly, this really has nothing to do with Spring Quarter (I just like to keep thinking about how pretty it is outside). It’s a recurring problem that sprouts up at the beginning and end of every quarter. Its annoying. It’s obnoxious. And its brilliant.

The reason why students will continue to send out sale emails on their chat-lists is because it’s inadvertant advertising. If you want to read your email (which you really can’t escape doing at this school) you have to also read about the iPad, futon, and Math 51 book that people are trying to foist off on others. Even though the Book Exchange is relatively easy to explore, there’s nothing easier than seeing that one random email that’s selling the perfect book. These emails have actually saved me quite a few bucks in the past.

So while I want to escape it, I can’t really see how this cycle will ever end. And I guess, do we really want it to?

How do you feel about for-sale emails on your chat list?

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