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Benjamin M. Rothman 10-26-2010 09:15 PM

Restriction on using the "send this to every student"
 
The Drew Technology Department:

I often do not see that I have gotten important email messages such as "No Class Today" or "Due Date has Changed to Tomorrow" because I am assaulted every time I open my Drew mailbox by like, a hundred emails about clubs and meetings that I am not involved with. It is great that you have opened up many of the mailing lists to be used by anyone, but I think it has gone too far. I find myself using the school email address a lot less because there is just so much in the box everyday. It is a real pain and time-stealer to have to read through all 120 emails just so I can find the three that I actually need. Help?

Ben Rothman

Garyth Nair 10-27-2010 08:50 AM

Agreed, but how can you be reached by groups that may interest you?
 
I totally agree with the post concerning the glut of email and, as a result, share my personal email address with people have have a critical need to communicate with me.

Perhaps we can have a prefix that our email system automatically would add to campus-wide messages. That way, it would be easier to scan for the emails that really have to be read and answered.

Garyth Nair
Prof. of Music

Jennifer A. Heise 10-27-2010 12:35 PM

Prefix
 
I really think a prefix would be the solution. You could set up a rule to dump the campus-wide messages if you wanted to-- and it would make it easier to find a campus-wide message in your mailbox if you wanted to. On the other hand, rumor has it that there is a technological issue with making that happen...

(I believe we are still limited to sending one campus-wide email per event, which means I don't find out about events I might enjoy until the day of or the day before, when it's too late to make arrangements to go.)

It would be helpful, however, if Drew people could post things on the events calendar and perhaps here on community as well as sending out a message the day before! I know the events calendar people would LOVE to see more events posted.)

Katharine B. Galpin 10-27-2010 03:07 PM

I think groups should have email lists, rather than using campus wides. I have often wished that it were possible to subscribe to, or unsubscribe from the email lists of the various groups on campus.

People might argue that this would make it difficult for groups to get the word out about events, and reach out to other people, but thats what the events calender is there for.

Daniel E. Podolsky 10-27-2010 03:40 PM

gmail has the idea with priority inbox...

James A. Matarrese 10-28-2010 01:06 PM

I've expressed displeasure wit the current system before and gotten no response. Maybe if other people voice their opinions as well we can get something done about it.

I also think misleading subject headers like "Hey, I found your wallet" or "I saw you on the path today..." need to go away. They're no better than Viagra spam from Russia and I really don't want them clogging my inbox.

Katelyn M. Noland 11-01-2010 11:02 AM

It's really not that bad
 
I'm pretty sure I get the same emails as you guys do every morning and it's only about 14 or so which isn't that much to sort through. Generally I delete most of them but it's really not an inconvenience and takes, oh I don't know, three whole minutes in the morning. As long as you delete them once a day they shouldn't clutter up your inbox.

That said I also dislike the misleading subjects.

James A. Matarrese 11-01-2010 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katelyn M. Noland
I'm pretty sure I get the same emails as you guys do every morning and it's only about 14 or so which isn't that much to sort through. Generally I delete most of them but it's really not an inconvenience and takes, oh I don't know, three whole minutes in the morning. As long as you delete them once a day they shouldn't clutter up your inbox.

That said I also dislike the misleading subjects.


Not sure what emails you're getting, then...there are very often more than 14 every morning in my inbox. Sometimes, there's upward of 30 new ones. It may not be much of an inconvenience, but it's still an unnecessary one.

Katelyn M. Noland 11-01-2010 12:42 PM

It's just the way things are and they can't be changed, so you might as well stop complaining about it.

Gamin G. Bartle 11-02-2010 02:15 PM

Benefits far outweigh the negatives!
 
This is my personal opinion, as a member of the Drew Community, not as a representative of University Technology: I fully agree with Katelyn that the campus-wide emails just aren't that big a deal. It seems to me that the benefits of having a Drew login and email account far outweigh the negatives of quickly going through these emails each morning.

Having a Drew login allows each of us to access a wealth of resources and information, and I'd rather have these benefits, even if it means sifting through the emails. For me it's actually kind of fun to see what is going on all over campus!

Restricting these emails to people who are already members of the group advertising an event, in my opinion, is not in the open spirit of sharing in our community. While I do advocate the use of public calendars and other ways of communicating, I'd also say that I personally have often found something of interest in a campus-wide email that I would not otherwise have known about.

Thanks for reading!


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