On 28/02/12 16:11, Brian K. White wrote:
On 2/27/2012 6:01 PM, Greg Freemyer wrote:
On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Ken Schneider
<snip> > > > PLEASE keep replies to the list. And no, using gmail is *not* an excuse. > > Why the frack people cannot understand that using the list automatically > sends a copy to the list members and you have to be a list member to > post to > the list. > > > -- > Ken Schneider > SuSe since Version 5.2, June 1998
I'm on a dozen plus lists. Several are mandatory reply all (lkml and its siblings).
Some are reply-all desired (opensuse-kernel, opensuse-project, and few more in this family.) Mostly these are ones where the serious developers hang out. They like reply-all for reasons I won't go into.
Most lists are indifferent.
And then there is email@example.com. It's netiquette here that it be "reply to list" only.
I've for years tried to remember that it is special, but at this point I'm no longer willing to try. So you have 2 choices.
Accept I'm a pain in your behind and get past it.
Ask me to blackball your posts so I won't answer them again.
You'll probably want to blacklist me in turn so you don't waste energy answering some question of mine.
I know Ken's not the only one who dislikes it when people reply-to-all. Feel free to ask me to blackball your posts from my inbox as well.
But he's right.
- We're all already on the list. It's annoying and stupid to receive
two copies of things.
It's annoying to possibly reply to the wrong copy.
It fills up inboxes on mobile devices and crapola web mail interfaces
that we sometimes have to use in between access to fully nice configured mail clients with 57 mail rules to move hundreds of incoming mails per day from many lists and various automated admin messages from servers and daemons and web sites into manageable folders.
- And as you just admitted, the stated nettiquet here is even
- All this is bad enough when one or a few people ignore it. If
everyone did it it would be 300 times worse.
You telling everyone else on the list to get over it and accept that you will knowingly ignore the lists protocols does not seem like the correct outcome.
Thank you for your inconsideration. May we all refrain from returning the favor.
For instance, to send this reply, I pressed "reply to list" button in my mail client. Were I not using a full mail client that had a nice convenient reply-to-list button, I'd simply have manually removed the "To: Greg Freemyer" line that my android or webmail client might have added. It's just common courtesy. It shows I care the teeniest bit about your time and your inbox and your net connection and the list servers net connection and workload. It's only a tiny thing, that one extra message, but see what happens is, If I do this every time instead of just this one time, and if everyone else does it also instead of just me, it makes a big difference. And if no one does it, ever, that also makes a big difference. I learned this "everyone has to do their little part to make the whole come out better" in kindergarden.
I think Postel's Law is a good guide on how to behave on Usenet and in mailing lists.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Postel#Postel.27s_Law and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robustness_principle
"Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send."
This fits with Brian's comments about making a little effort to make life easier for your recipient.