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Feb 5, 2013
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City of Madison's Email System Overwhelmed by Petition Campaign
A petition website (change.org) generated a high volume of messages to the City of Madison which resulted in delayed or denied delivery of other email traffic. The number of messages to the mailbox continued to grow until tens of thousands of messages became backlogged to the city's email system. The city's email server was unable to keep up with the volume, so Information Technology (IT) made the decision to block email traffic from the website (change.org).