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Caleb Epstein
2003-12-05, 10:37
I have noticed that the slimdevices.com mailing lists send out
all postings with a Reply-To: of the list address. This
forces all replies to go back to the entire list, even if what
you intended was to direct a response to the poster.

I content that it would be preferable to NOT do this and let
people who want to reply on-list just do a reply-all. Simple
reply would go back to the message originator, reply-all would
go to the originator as well as the list.

Thoughts?

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Wayne Mery
2003-12-05, 10:44
Caleb Epstein wrote:

> I have noticed that the slimdevices.com mailing lists send out
> all postings with a Reply-To: of the list address. This
> forces all replies to go back to the entire list,

> even if what you intended was to direct a response to the poster.

*some people* make that mistake once, hopefully not twice


> I content that it would be preferable to NOT do this and let
> people who want to reply on-list just do a reply-all. Simple
> reply would go back to the message originator, reply-all would
> go to the originator as well as the list.

since most responses will probably be of general interest to everyone,
doesn't it stand to reason that responses should be sent 'reply to list?

Wayne
one who manages many mailing lists

Roy M. Silvernail
2003-12-05, 11:21
On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 12:37:19PM -0500, Caleb Epstein wrote:

> I content that it would be preferable to NOT do this and let
> people who want to reply on-list just do a reply-all. Simple
> reply would go back to the message originator, reply-all would
> go to the originator as well as the list.
>
> Thoughts?

I vote no. The majority of lists I'm on default to reply-to-list, and
the purpose of a mailing list is arguably to carry forth discourse among
all members. My replies to this or any other list far outnumber private
replies to list members. T'aint broke; don't fix.
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Jason Snell
2003-12-05, 11:26
Roy M. Silvernail wrote:

> T'aint broke; don't fix.

I agree. Although I _have_ written an AppleScript for Eudora that
forces a reply to the sender, not to the reply-to address, and use it
every so often. I wish more mailers would give you the ability to
_override_ reply-to easily, but I suppose that's sort of against the
spirit of the header. :-)

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Roy M. Silvernail
2003-12-05, 12:28
On Friday 05 December 2003 13:26, Jason Snell wrote:
> Roy M. Silvernail wrote:
> > T'aint broke; don't fix.
>
> I agree. Although I _have_ written an AppleScript for Eudora that
> forces a reply to the sender, not to the reply-to address, and use it
> every so often. I wish more mailers would give you the ability to
> _override_ reply-to easily, but I suppose that's sort of against the
> spirit of the header. :-)

FWIW, when Mutt sees a Reply-To, it asks if you want to use it. If you say
no, it then moves to the From: address. With Kmail, all you need do is
right-click the sender's address at the top of the window and select "Send
reply to...". I hope I never need to discover how Lotus Notes handles these
things. :)

Jack Coates
2003-12-05, 22:24
On Fri, 2003-12-05 at 09:37, Caleb Epstein wrote:
> I have noticed that the slimdevices.com mailing lists send out
> all postings with a Reply-To: of the list address. This
> forces all replies to go back to the entire list, even if what
> you intended was to direct a response to the poster.
>
> I content that it would be preferable to NOT do this and let
> people who want to reply on-list just do a reply-all. Simple
> reply would go back to the message originator, reply-all would
> go to the originator as well as the list.
>
> Thoughts?

Highly disagree, to the point that I've written a page about how
annoying the lists that don't set Reply-To are.
http://www.monkeynoodle.org/comp/reply-to.
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