[Mailman-Developers] feature request: new option for reply_goes_to_list

Marc MERLIN marc_news@merlins.org
Sun, 8 Sep 2002 18:52:17 -0700

[I hope you don't mind that I redirect this to the list, I think I have a
suggestion to improve mailman 2.1

On Sun, Sep 08, 2002 at 06:31:28PM -0700, Peter C. Norton wrote:
> BTW, the reason that I set reply-to's on one of the lists I run is
> that when a thread gets going and lots of people start responding, for
> some reason the Cc: list grew as long as my arm.  And I got really

That's indeed a minor problem, but at least with the nodupes feature in
mailman 2.1, you only get one copy.

Now that I  think of it, it wouldn't  be too hard for mailman  when it sends
the list copy out to (optionally) remove from Cc all the Emails from members
that have the nodupes option set.
That way, the  Cc would be left  only with Emails that  aren't subscribed to
the list.

What do you think?

> Though many people know better, my experience even on a somewhat
> technical list is that most people don't exercise any discipline in
> discriminating who they reply to, and they assume that the list is
> going to work with their mailer and dtrt.  So I work with that
> assumption.
Unfortunately you aren't the only one. Am  I so deluted to still want people
to learn and  know just a tiny  little bit about their mail  clients and use
them properly?

Note that I'm not  just bitching, I did spend many hours  writing a patch to
do reply-to munging per receipient so  that people who really aren't willing
to learn and/or bitch  too loudly can be given the option  just for them and
then  they leave  you in  peace (announced  here a  few months  ago, and  an
outdated copy is here:
http://marc.merlins.org/tmp/replyto.diff.cvs )

Unfortunately it never made the cut for mailman 2.1

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