[IPython-dev] Should we change the reply-to line on the lists?

Fernando Perez fperez.net at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 20:07:39 EST 2012


On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM, MinRK <benjaminrk at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've always preferred lists that set reply-to as the list address.  Does the
> 'strong recommendation' have a reason behind it?

Copying from the mailman admin page on this setting:

reply_goes_to_list (general): Where are replies to list messages
directed? Poster is strongly recommended for most mailing lists.

This option controls what Mailman does to the Reply-To: header in
messages flowing through this mailing list. When set to Poster, no
Reply-To: header is added by Mailman, although if one is present in
the original message, it is not stripped. Setting this value to either
This list or Explicit address causes Mailman to insert a specific
Reply-To: header in all messages, overriding the header in the
original message if necessary (Explicit address inserts the value of

There are many reasons not to introduce or override the Reply-To:
header. One is that some posters depend on their own Reply-To:
settings to convey their valid return address. Another is that
modifying Reply-To: makes it much more difficult to send private
replies. See `Reply-To' Munging Considered Harmful for a general
discussion of this issue. See Reply-To Munging Considered Useful for a
dissenting opinion.

Some mailing lists have restricted posting privileges, with a parallel
list devoted to discussions. Examples are `patches' or `checkin'
lists, where software changes are posted by a revision control system,
but discussion about the changes occurs on a developers mailing list.
To support these types of mailing lists, select Explicit address and
set the Reply-To: address below to point to the parallel list.



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