[Mailman-Users] REPLY-TO oddity

Richard B. Pyne rpyne at kinfolk.org
Sat Apr 10 09:47:39 CEST 1999

No, what "simply broke the system" in your example was the *bad* 
email address the message was sent from. 

Replying to *this* message which had no Reply-to: and included what 
appeared to be all the list members as well as the list in the other 
headers that if I had "reply(ed) to all" it would have both sent one 
to the list and a separated message to each individual on the list. 
If it had a munged Reply-to: I could have simply "reply(ed)" instead 
of having to mannually clean out the mass of addresses and re-address 
it to the list only.

On 9 Apr 99, at 19:36, Greg Stein wrote:

> Darren Henderson wrote:
> > 
> > On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:
> > 
> > > discouraged.  For the seminal discussion of this issue, please read
> > >
> > >     http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
> > 
> > I wish I had saved it. At one time I wrote a message to a mailing list
> > where someone was toating this line. I went through and addressed each
> > point that it made.
> > ...
> > What it comes down to is that, imo, that paticular diatribe is an opinion
> > piece about what one persons preferences are and it offers very little in
> > the way of any technical, moral, or factual information that relates to
> > the use of the reply-to header.
> Actually, I would be interested in your response to the largest problem
> that I see with Reply-To munging:
> * I have seen a reply-to-munging list blow away a guy's Reply-To. He was
> mailing from a "bad" email address and had inserted a Reply-To to the
> correct address. Luckily, he posted to two lists and I was able to reply
> to him on the other list. The reply-to-munger destroyed that capability.
> You can argue all you want about other things and I won't get into it,
> but Reply-To munging simply broke the system in this case.
> Cheers,
> -g
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Richard B. Pyne, KB7RMU
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