The way it works is as follows. We are informed that a colleague from another department has received an award. Instead of sending her a personal email to congratulate her, many people send chain emails to the entire teaching faculty. At this extremely busy time in the semester, it is very annoying to have to wade through 36 emails saying nothing but "Congratulations!", "Yay!", "Good job!", etc.
Often it feels like in academia we make our own lives more difficult just in order to have things to bitch about.
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