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Re: [opensuse] munging again
On 01/25/2014 03:32 PM, Felix Miata pecked at the keyboard and wrote:
On 2014-01-25 14:23 (GMT-0500) Patrick Shanahan composed:

* John Andersen <jsamyth@xxxxxxxxx> [01-25-14 14:15]:

Reply to all, and the list being configured to reply to sender rather
than the list is the root cause of this problem.

No, it is the way that *should* be expected.

Notwithstanding head buried in sand RFCs, openSUSE lists are public
discussion lists that authors direct compositions to so that the
listserv can send them to subscribers. The listserv is the sender WRT to
those who are subscribed, not the message authors. Messages are sent in
public, and because they are sent in public, it is only natural for
their responses to be public as well. Yet, the listserv thwarts such
behavior being automatic in favor of assuming replies should be sent
privately to the author instead of the sender.

Reply to list is the expected behavior on every other list in the world,
yet mostly out of stubbornness at this point, OS clings to its
nonstandard configuration, and the usual trolls come out in droves and
flame anyone who dares suggest its just wrong headed.

Not so, but you persist.

You are correct only insofar as "every other" is an overreach. Yet, the
vast majority do make it easy for the vast majority of mailing list
subscribers by having their reply buttons direct the reply to go back to
the sender, to wit, the listserv.


And this is where your interpretation is not correct. It is not the list server that sent the message, it is the author. The list server only facilitates the mass delivery of the message. It is up to the one that sends the reply to decide whether the reply goes back only to the author or to the list server for mass delivery to the subscribers.

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