The email that Wiseltier received was about a new, electronic tuition form, but he was not sure what he should do. That is when he meant to forward the email to his mother, but sent it to thousands of students instead, according to Gawker
According to Huffington Post
, Wiseltier then tried to cover his error up by sending a quick email apologizing and explained that he accidentally hit "reply all". However, that only made things worse because anyone could Reply All.
According to Fox
, thousands of emails were sent, which ranged from the humorous to the really annoyed.
Some students replied back with funny comments while some students sent song fragments and requests for help. Another student wrote that they wanted everybody to be happy forever. Another student replied back asking if people would rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck.
David Vogelsang, who is with the NYU Student Resource Center, said that it was his fault. Vogelsang said that NYU uses a system called E-mail Direct for most mass messages but there are a few departments that use ListManager, which is an older, discussion-based program. ListManager allows for Reply-alls.
Vogelsang sent out an email saying that he was behind the blunder because he was assisting the Bursar with the email message, and that he did not realize that the list that he was using allowed Reply-alls.