That subject-less email you received today from firstname.lastname@example.org may have looked a lot like spam. But luckily for those who clicked on the link for the "2012-2013 Harvard College House Life Survey" that it contained, it was actually from the Office of Student Life.
Beth Musser, assistant to the resident dean of Cabot House, sent Cabot residents an email explaining the message. She wrote, "The people launching the House Life Survey are having technical difficulties ('including this weirdo not real launch of the survey') and they will be sending you an email that doesn't look like sketchy SPAM later on this afternoon."
Indeed, within 20 minutes of being sent out, the survey was made inactive, and the following message was posted: "Sorry! Thank you for being willing to participate in this survey. This survey is now inactive. We appreciate your consideration."
Nicely done, OSL.