[Mailman-Users] Reply Question

alex wetmore alex at phred.org
Sat Mar 9 17:20:52 CET 2002

On Fri, 8 Mar 2002, Marc MERLIN wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 08, 2002 at 04:13:33PM -0600, Jorge Cuevas wrote:
> > Is it  possible to configure mailman  so when you press  the reply button,
> > the reply goes to  the sender of the mail, and if  you press the reply-all
> > button it goes to ONLY the list?
> No. The mail  client sends a  copy to the  author, mailman can't  stop that.
> However, if the mail client is mutt, or some similarily enlightened MUA, you
> can use list  reply to, and if  you insert a Mail-Followup-To,  you can clue
> the client to have reply to all only reply to the list.

Mailman could look at the To and Cc lines of the message and make sure
it doesn't sent to members which are listed on those lines.  This
would result in each person getting one copy, either from the list or
from the sender who hit "reply to all".

There would be a downside to this.  The to line could be spoofed if
you wanted to send something to the list and prevent it from going to
a particular sender.

Ideally this would be a per-client setting.  A lot of email systems
will delete duplicate emails with the same Message-ID so someone who
is on the To line and on the list doesn't see the message twice
anyway.  My email comes into an Exchange 2000 Server which I access
using Pine over IMAP.  Exchange deletes the duplicates, and Pine is
setup to color email with my name in the To or Cc line a different
color.  On busy lists this makes it easy for me to see replies to
messages that I sent to a list, and I don't get duplicates.


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