[Mailman-Developers] on the subject of fix_url, list creation with @ is non-intuitive..

Joe Rhett jrhett at meer.net
Sat Oct 23 03:13:49 CEST 2004

On Mon, Oct 18, 2004 at 02:49:44PM -0400, Bob Puff at NLE wrote:
> Right.  But when would you use a www.domain?  I never use www.  Do people 
> name their box www?  I usually name the host something else.  I think most 
> people are smart enough to figure out that list_name at domain is not 
> list_name at www.domain.  You face the exact same problem of people doing the 
> same things with two different parameters; i.e., bin/create list_name 
> www.domain etc...
I think you are completely missing the point.  In this case list at domain
isn't list at domain at all.  It's actually

Is that obvious?  Not to me.  Let's use something that appears to be an
e-mail address as an obscure shortcut for a long web URL?

If it contains at '@' sign, it should refer to an e-mail address.
If it contains 'http:' sign, it should refer to a web address.
(rule #2 obviously overrides rule#1 when the URL contains an '@' ..)

Create should allow a second parameter to define the web url.  But the '@'
syntax really should refer to the mail domain.

Joe Rhett
Senior Geek

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