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Nancy,And here was my response:
Please read and heed the subject line. Everyone at Boyd (especially because we are lawyers/law students) would probably like to throw in their two cents and congratulate whoever deserves congratulations, BUT can you imagine what a mess our inboxes would be if we all gave in to our desires. Besides it being rude and unprofessional, it's just downright annoying to see a reply to every announcement regarding our school/faculty/students.
PLEASE, out of professional courtesy, keep your personal comments off the email server.
Tell you what, anonymous roaster---let me put this up to the whole faculty. I'm happy to bow out of congratulatory emails, if my colleagues would prefer that. But I would have had more respect for you, whoever you are, if you'd had the courage to sign your name.I'll let readers know which way the faculty goes on this issue. If I'm really annoying people, then I'm happy to lay off the congrats, even though my guess is that most people feel underappreciated and could use some well-deserved congratulations.* But I truly hate bullies and cowards, having had enough experience with those to last a lifetime.
Had this person had the courage to come into my office, shut the door, and express his or her view to me directly (or even in a private but signed email), I would have felt bad that I'd annoyed the person, I would have apologized to him or her, and I'd have gone to other colleagues to ask them if I really was irritating the crud out of my colleagues. But that's not what the person did.
If it's important enough to send a nastygram, it's important enough to sign it. And I'm going to assume that this person who sent it to me isn't a student, due to the salutation using my first name.
Readers: are we at a point when praising others is a bad thing?
* See Kent Syverud, Three Principles of Effective Deaning, 31 U. Tol. L. Rev. 751 (2000).