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Here's How The New York Times Fell Victim To A Replyallpocalypse

Inboxes at the New York Times were plagued on Thursday by one of the most odious afflictions of the modern workplace: the replyallpocalypse.

As everyone who has used email knows, a replyallpocalypse isn't simply an email chain with a lot of reply-alls. It's what happens when the reply-all emails, cascading out of control, become demands to be removed from the chain.

At the Times, this digital horror show got so bad that a reporter wrote an article about it. "When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?," the headline asked.

"No," the one-word article answered.

BuzzFeed News has reviewed a copy of the offending replyallpocalypse and can confirm that it is indeed very bad.

It all started Thursday morning when an associate product manager sent out a link to travel deals. Unfortunately, she sent it to an email list that included many, many people at the company.

At first, things seemed O.K.

Then the reply-alls started pouring in.

A lot of people were caught up in it, including a photo intern whose internship had ended a few days earlier.

When you're in the middle of a painful replyallpocalypse, it's only natural to feel the need to tell as many people as possible.

A sovereign border couldn't keep the replyallpocalypse at bay.

Someone tried to talk some sense.

But that didn't stop one final emailer from making sure that his voice, too, was heard.