From the conversations about the reply-to issues, i propose changing
reply_goes_to_list so it will *not* cause user specified reply-to headers, if present, to be replaced with the list's address. It just does not seem valid to override the mechanism which is intended for users to make their correct address available.
Conversely, though using the reply-to at all in this way seems a bit improper, it sounds like the functionality is really necessary for some kinds of lists. (Perhaps i'm neglecting some alternate means for implementing this that was mentioned?)
This will apply at least to individual messages, while digests as a whole will have the list as the reply-to addr.
Yes, I object to that. Either the person sees why reply-to munging is bad, or he doesn't. If he doesn't, he's not going to want this behavior. Consistancy is important; there should not be differing behavior on a per-list basis when you hit "reply" based on the mail setup of the original sender.
"JV" == John Viega firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
JV> Yes, I object to that. Either the person sees why reply-to JV> munging is bad, or he doesn't. If he doesn't, he's not going JV> to want this behavior. Consistancy is important; there should JV> not be differing behavior on a per-list basis when you hit JV> "reply" based on the mail setup of the original sender.
I'm still really worried about allowing any reply-to munging. I just think that allowing administrators to reply-to munge message is setting them up for gobs of complaints. I know that have complained loudly and often when mailing lists I'm on do reply-to munging. A mailing list just shouldn't do this. If an admin turns this on, it *will* break for some people who are using Reply-To: in a completely valid and acceptable way.
So we can still debate whether it should be allowed. Perhaps letting the site decide whether admins will be allowed to do this is another option. That way an admin would have to plead his case with the site admin to even be allowed to change this.
Given my reservations in general, I agree with John. If munging is absolutely going to happen on a list, it should be consistent. At least that way they'll hear the screams earlier.