[Mailman-Users] Re: [Mailman-Developers] Announcing Mailman 2.0 release candidate 2

Chuq Von Rospach chuqui at plaidworks.com
Tue Nov 14 07:17:17 CET 2000

At 1:03 AM -0500 11/14/00, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:

>But what happens to users who set reply-to because their from just
>isn't correct?  That can happen for a lot of reasons (from stupid
>isp's to too-busy-to-fix-it sysadmins, etc.).  Most people can't hack
>their from header, which is arguably where such last-ditch fixes
>should go.

I'm sorry, but that's a very rare case I just can't get up any energy 
to worry about in the scheme of things. The number of users affected 
by this is bigger than zero, but tiny compared to the number of users 
that are going to be confused (or, as Phil shows), upset over the 
functionality. Put the two cases on a scale, and see which one is the 
lesser evil -- especially given that the "we'll fix it in the 
reply-to" hack is a braindamage hack fixing other braindamage, not 
standardized, supported, and really shouldn't be used (IMHO) -- if 
it's caused by a braindamaged admin, then yell at the admin's boss or 

But ignoring all of the philosophical issues about the reply-to, 
simply look at which is the lesser evil, and I think the answer is 
obvious. There's no 100% solution here, so aim to serve the better 

Chuq Von Rospach - Plaidworks Consulting (mailto:chuqui at plaidworks.com)
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