Like all internal mailing lists at Lab, the "everyone" list is for conducting the day-to-day business of the Schools. Though defining what that means can be elusive at times, it has been suggested by some that there might be room for senders to exercise more restraint when considering what to send to that list.
Some sent items clearly do not belong on any other list besides Open Forum: puppies to give away, tickets to sell, solicitations for charity events not connected to the Schools, and so on.
Other items are clearly school business: water shut downs, broken elevators, personnel changes, notice of school events, and so on.
However, a number of sent items in any given week fall in a gray area in which the content is surely of concern to some, but probably not everyone. Or perhaps the connection to our daily school business is there, but is less direct or harder to discern by a critical mass of people who receive it. These are the messages that tend to trigger the complaints Curt gets in his default role as e-mail traffic cop, and lately he has received several.
Clearly, these are judgment calls, and it's hard to imagine a set of rules or a policy that would address all the use cases out there. Also, part of the list's value is its immediacy; if we were to moderate the list, someone would have to play gatekeeper, which creates a bottleneck no one really wants.
So before you send a message to the everyone list, kindly take a moment to be sure its contents really are of sufficient urgency and importance to have it show up in the inboxes of every teacher, administrator, and staff member. Consider sending to Open Forum first to see if you can achieve the goal for your communication without involving everyone. About 120 people use that list, so you're getting the word out. Another option is to send your message to a list that is a subset of the everyone list; each division has its own alias for this, and there is one each for all faculty and all staff. If you want those addresses, let IS know, but we can't post them on Tech Talk, which becomes a world readable page on LabNet once it's published.