All of Condé Nast Suffered Through a Reply-Allpocalypse Today

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Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP/Corbis

Even employees of a storied media company are still apparently struggling with basic email etiquette. The citizens of the Condé Nast kingdom responded to a reoccurring spam message today by resorting to reply-all — a cardinal sin of internet communication, unless you're really funny — causing the whole thing to devolve into a mess of useless messages across dozens of titles. Those who know better, of course, just took to social media to snicker.

"There are so many," said a staffer who shared a piece of the chain with Daily Intelligencer, "but here's a representative one."

It started with a nonsense spam email sent to the Condé "intelligence" listserv, which should probably be changed:

From: condenast-cntelligence <condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com>
Reply-To: "condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com" <condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:48 AM
To: Conde Nast - CNTelligence <_324d9d@condenast.com>
Subject: Good day condenast-cntelligence

The exact date of Basil's death is debated by historians. Statistics are often applied to find relationships between variables. Accessed on line September 20, 2007.

A New Yorker photo editor responded to everyone:

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:17 PM
To: Conde Nast - CNTelligence <_324d9d@condenast.com>
Subject: Re: Good day condenast-cntelligence

Good day Condé Nast Intelligence Bureau,

Can you please tell me the meaning of these bizarre Intelligence emails I am getting up to three times a day that appear to make little or no sense?

Eagerly awaiting some elucidation,

Someone from Teen Vogue chimed in:

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:20 PM
To: condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com; Conde Nast - CNTelligence
Subject: Re: Good day condenast-cntelligence

I've been receiving them as well—just started today.

Plus a longtime New Yorker staff writer:

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:23 AM
Cc: condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com; Conde Nast - CNTelligence
Subject: Re: Good day condenast-cntelligence

Me, too--yesterday.

And so on. You get the idea, and if you've worked in an office — likely one less supposedly savvy than Condé — you know the deal.

A tech person later replied (to all):

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:24 PM
Cc: "condenast-cntelligence@c-s-wilson.com" , Conde Nast - CNTelligence
Subject: RE: Good day condenast-cntelligence

Guys, please stop replying and just delete the email!!

That always does the trick. (Names have been removed because their co-workers already know who should be embarrassed.) But it was the public-facing, in-house jokes that really made the rest of us feel included:

Condé Nast — they're just like us!