[Mailman-Users] Reply to list

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Thu Feb 5 20:55:26 CET 2004

At 9:06 AM -0800 2004/02/05, Mark Dadgar wrote:

>  My lists use it.  And my users prefer it - I know, I've asked.

	Do they prefer to have messages which they thought would be 
private replies being blasted to the whole list?

	Hell, I've been doing this sort of stuff for fifteen years, and 
I've fallen into this trap myself.  If I can fall into this trap, 
it's far too easy for regular users to have the same problem.

>>  Yes. And it should be clear that the user at the end gets the choice
>>  (and not some overly-clever maillist admin in between interferes ....).
>  Yeah, it's so damned hard to edit the To: line, isn't it?  Wow.  I
>  don't know how people ever manage to send email in the first place.

	Actually, for some mail clients it is quite impossible to edit 
the "To:" field in a reply.  You can only edit that field if you 
write an entirely new message which is not a reply to any other.

	Unless you have decades of contrary experience and you can prove 
that there is not a single place on the entire Internet where certain 
types of poor behaviour are frequently seen, I would strongly urge 
you not to casually dismiss collected wisdom such as this.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
     -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.

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