For reasons that remain mysterious, Columbia University's journalism school decided that I was a "recruiter" and added me to their "J-School Career Expo" list:
You can guess what happened next:
We received (and are still receiving) dozens of e-mails like this.
Fortunately the nation's journalists are a smart bunch. One of them figured out what was going on and warned the others to knock it off:
Then things got really meta:
Others decided to have fun with the situation:
Still, a lot of people seem to be really, really confused about how mailing lists work:
When will it stop? I have no idea. Right now, at about 4:15, I've received 125 e-mails and a new one is coming in about once every two minutes. I hope that eventually Columbia will figure out they messed up and shut the whole thing down.
Update: Columbia has apologized for the incident.
We sincerely apologize for the listserv problem that everyone experienced. We are currently getting the issue fixed.
— Columbia Journalism (@columbiajourn) January 10, 2014