in my book--never! ok, ok, that's not entirely true. i'm bringing this topic up because when folks (even my own friends) hit reply all to a group email, it drives me bananas! i'll be away from my cell phone for a few hours and i'll come back to read an entire thread. it bogs down my email, takes extra time to delete them--and basically causes frustration. in my experience, it's ok to hit "reply all" in only a few circumstances (and by a few, i mean only one).
1. when something is up for grabs. let's say you get a mass email and your friend is giving something away or needs one persons help or know-how with something. in order to let everyone know that the item or service is taken, once the first person hits "reply all" it's done. the thread is no longer and responding to the email (let alone hitting reply all) is unnecessary.
what do you guys think? am i crazy/wrong? or are there examples that i'm just not thinking of where hitting "reply all" would be beneficial...