[Mailman-Users] Replying to list (was:trouble with setup: Cron, receiving mail outside lan)

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Tue Sep 7 04:55:12 CEST 2004

Jim Dory in response to an off list reply from Dan Phillips:
>As an aside, should I reply to the list? When I hit reply, or reply-all, 
>it does not include the mailman list. Seems odd.

Your reply-all doesn't automatically include the list because Dan's
reply to you didn't include the list.

It is always tricky to know what to do in this case. This list is set
up so simple replies to list messages go to the originator and
reply-all goes to the originator, the list and any other explicit
recipients of that message. I happen to believe that this is the
proper way to set up a list, but I don't want to start that thread
here (there are plenty of examples in the archives if you want to see
the arguments).

The problem is if I receive an off list reply, do I treat it as though
ommitting the list was a mistake and continue the thread on the list,
or do I treat it as though it was off list on purpose and respect the
replier's privacy and not copy back to the list? I tend toward the
latter but will do the former if I think there is enough general

As far as ethics is concerned, unless the reply specifically indicates
it is "off list", I don't have a problem including it in a further
reply to the list.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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