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Nannybots and mailing lists don't mix
March 3, 2000 11:01 AM   Subscribe

Nannybots and mailing lists don't mix - especially nannybots that have gone insane!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe (2 comments total)

 
That was exhausting, wasn't it Joe? I think the one email with the word "fuck" in it effectively blocked all the list traffic, which in turn generated a new message for every message sent to the list, which people commented on, which created even more messages.

Auto reflecting messages to a mailing list is a huge no-no, and I can't believe that company is monitoring their employee's emails for offensive content! Who needs echelon when you can work for accountpros.com!
posted by mathowie at 11:51 AM on March 3, 2000


A few years ago I was on a list that had a similar problem. Someone set their email to autorespond a "vacation" message - which was generated every time it received email. So 1 post to the list over christmas caused a vacation message to post to the list which went to the person's mailbox which caused another vacation message to be sent... The list crashed in pretty short order, and the listdad was on vacation (it was served from an edu account) so we were without gossip for about 2 days before we realized we could email each other directly. Yes, we *were* big losers.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 12:36 PM on March 3, 2000


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