Our local networking center decided that the email system needs to be migrated to a new server system. Why they felt this in the first place is beyond me, but that's beside the point.
As part of this migration, they are setting it up so the change should be mostly transparent to the users. This is a good thing. Problem is, it won't be *entirely* transparent unless the user has their mail client set to use specific pop and smtp servers (other than the standard ones we have been using for the past 10 years). This is a bad thing.
So, they thought to themselves, "how can we let everyone know how to check their client and make sure the settings are correct?" The obvious answer: set up a web page with screenshots and very easy instructions for each client. This they did. Then they thought to themselves, "How can we tell everyone about this webpage they need to check to make sure they are ready?". The obvious answer: Email!
They decided to send a little email (just a few paragraphs) giving a brief summary of what's going on and what people need to check for this to work. To everyone. *Every* email address on campus got this email.
For those of you not making the connection: Our network center email-bombed themselves last night.
Our Incomming email has been backlogged since last night and some messages still aren't showing up.
Even better: the Email sending server they told people to switch to was refusing connections because of the backlog, so when people who had received the message made the switch, all of a sudden their client told them there was an error.
Being mail-bombed by our own network center.
<voice type="redneck"> Yup, we've got us some *smart* folk up there! </voice>