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Re: [SLE] An apology to the list
  • From: Jeffrey Laramie <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 16:47:36 -0500
  • Message-id: <200503021647.37101.suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 02 March 2005 15:47, Bruce Marshall wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 March 2005 03:21 pm, Jeffrey Laramie wrote:
> > > I cannot see what the reasoning is behind the list 'Reply To' actions,
> > > but most definitely think it must be changed.
> >
> > I agree. I stopped using Thunderbird because it was such a pain to change
> > every response and often I would forget. It's not an issue with kmail but
> > we need to be considerate of all users. The post comes from the list.
> > "Reply To" should go back to the list.
>
> Usually in every discussion of this subject, someone comes up with the
> following link:
>
> http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
>
> I don't necessarily agree with it all.... but there is it for everyone to
> read.

I hadn't seen this and after reading it I don't agree with it. A few rebuttal
points:

1. It doesn't break anything as he feels. In fact it fixes the post by
setting "Reply To" to the actual sender, not the person whose mail is being
forwarded to you. Think of what would happen if every forward pointed the
"Reply To" back to the person who originated the mail instead of the person
forwarding it! Same thing here. The list is forwarding someone else's mail to
us at our request. The expectation is that reply goes to the sender, not the
originator.

2. By showing the original author in the "From" field the identity is
preserved and a direct reply is still an option.

3. It's not our job to discourage people from using the mailer of their
choice even if it is sub-par.

4. The author claims it causes more work when in fact it is the same effort
or easier.

5. If you're mixing personal posts with a list thread then you deserve to
have your personal message sent to the world. In reality that happens
extremely rarely and if the message was really juicy the spam filter would
probably stop it anyway :-)

6. "Reply To" pointing to the list is the norm on the handful of lists I'm on
and every one I've ever been on. I've never heard a criticism of this
configuration and there is rarely any complaining about responding directly,
as opposed to this list where it is a daily occurrance.

It's good to hear other opinions. I think this discussion is long overdue.

Jeff

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