[Mailman-Users] Reply-problems

Harald Meland Harald.Meland at usit.uio.no
Wed Jun 16 20:33:14 CEST 1999

[arety at dolphinics.no]

> The list is up and running, but some users have strange mailers which
> replies with 'Ad: ' or 'SV: ' instead of 'Re: '. Mailman is good in not
> adding [listname] on replies, as long they use the 'Re: '. Is there any
> way of adding support for 'Ad: ', 'SV: ' or anything like that?

I don't think so -- these are the much hated "internationalized" reply
subject prefixes some MUA vendors decided their users needed.

As there are quite a lot of different languages out there, and as
trying to be smart about these prefixes sooner or later will backfire
(i.e. someone used a "SV:" prefix to indicate something other than a
reply), I believe it best for Mailman to stay out of this snakepit.

> I see the same problem when the subject-line is mime-encoded because
> some use non-ascii characters (which also is ugly in the archive).

Hmmmm.... I think it would be unwise to make Mailman dependent on any
MIME-parsing python modules at this time, as the potential for
screwups is rather big (and we'd _really_ like to get 1.0 out soon).

However, in theory, Mailman could decode these headers before checking
whether the list prefix is present.  Which means this is yet another
post-1.0 improvement to make...

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