[Mailman-Users] Editing the from address on mailman autoresponse

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun May 29 19:34:02 CEST 2005

Gretchen Stanton wrote:
>It is quite possible that I am misunderstanding the intended functionality of 
>this feature.  I just need a reply sent to everyone who send to the list that 
>says we'll get back to them.  Currently when I send a message to the list, I 
>get the auto-response back from jobs2-bounces at aurora.qrc.com with the 
>appropriate response text I entered and the message is delivered to the list 
>subscribers.  Doesn't seem like anything bounced to me which is why I did not 
>think that the 'bounces' tag made sense.

I think your understanding of the autoresponse feature is OK. The
sending of the autoresponse from the -bounces address is not because
any bounce has been involved yet. It is to handle the case where the
autoresponse itself might bounce. You don't want this bounce to go to
the list posting address, you want it to go to the -bounces address so
it can be properly handled as a bounce.

Consider what might happen if I have set the typical "out of office"
responder on my address, I post to your list, your autoresponse comes
back to me and my autoresponse goes back to you. Do you want that to
go to your list? Suppose further your autoresponder has no grace
period. You send me a second autoresponse in response to my
autoresponse and I autorespond to that ...

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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