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

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 20:42:24 EST 2012


On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey folks,
> it seems we keep on getting people confused by the need to hit
> reply-all.  There's endless debates on the merits of either approach
> online and I'm not super-interested in a deep, philosophical
> discussion about the well-being of the internet, just on making a
> simple and pragmatic decision that works *for us*.
> I'm so used to typing 'a' (the gmail shortcut for reply-all) that this
> has never bothered me, but I'm ok changing.  I can always manually
> change it to reply to the poster only if I want...
> Note that the setting we're using is listed as "*strongly
> recommended*" (emphasis theirs) in the mailman interface and is the
> default.  I've just followed their advice for a long time, but I see
> problems cropping up again and again, thus I'm willing to revisit the
> question.

I accepted the default for the mailing lists I administer and
eventually changed them all to reply-to-list having got bored of
constantly having to remind people to post to the list.

It seems to me the arguments for reply-to sender rather than list are
pretty weak, and the disadvantage is rather strong.  I've never had
anyone complain after I switched, for example.

See you,


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