Email bankruptcy

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Email bankruptcy is a term used to explain a decision to delete all emails older than a certain date, due to an overwhelming volume of messages. The term is usually attributed to author Lawrence Lessig in 2004,[1] though it can also be attributed to Dr. Sherry Turkle in 2002.[2]

An insurmountable volume or backlog of legitimate messages (e.g. maybe on return from an extended vacation) may also lead to bankruptcy.

During the act of declaring email bankruptcy, a message is usually sent to all senders explaining the problem, that their message has been deleted, and that if their message still requires a response they should resend their message.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Musgrove (25 May 2007). "E-Mail Reply to All: 'Leave Me Alone'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Constance Rosenblum (14 February 2002). "ESSAY: In Lost E-Mail, a Dividend". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2002. 
  3. ^ John Harlow (14 October 2007). "Office staff hit delete in war on e-mail monster". The Times. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Call it the Dead E-Mail Office". Wired News. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2004. 
  5. ^ Tuesday Knight (23 October 2003). "Re: PING Tuesday". alt.religion.wicca. Web link. Retrieved 8 June 2012.