I am writing to ask for your forgiveness. On Saturday I learned two very valuable lessons. First, even simple email notification lists are complex creatures to do correctly. And, second, the “Delete” key fixes the problem, and the “Reply” key makes it worse.
I attempted to construct a notification list for general information about voter registration and absentee ballot deadlines. I had purchased a list of email addresses of registered voters for this purpose.
When I attempted to save a draft to work on later, I accidentally and unknowingly sent a garbled initial message. This message also enabled recipients to “reply all” which was not at all my intention.
The moment I realized my errors, I did three things. I disabled and deleted the list. I called or contacted individuals who had replied to apologize in person to them. I contacted my internet service provider for help.
Unfortunately, by that time, even though I had disabled the original list, it had been picked up by other servers beyond my control. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Please drag all the [Villagevoters] messages to your trash and hit “Delete” to empty the trash.
In my attempt to streamline communication, I unwittingly caused a [Villagevoters] email that did the opposite.
I am very sorry for any inconvenience that my email error caused.
— Leo Wiegman