[Mailman-Users] Reply e-mail options.

Joe joemailgroups at gmail.com
Thu Jun 27 03:48:25 CEST 2013

Thank you Mark and Stephen for your help and replies. I made the appropriate changes and informed all subscribers how the 'Reply' and 'Reply All' options work.


On June 24, 2013, at 11:14 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:

> Joe writes:
>> I would like to have mail addressed to the list with a simple
>> 'Reply' and addressed to both the list and the sender with a 'Reply
>> All'.
>> Can Mailman be configured to behave this way ?
> No.  Replies are generated by subscriber-side mail clients, not by
> Mailman.  Mailman *already* *by default* provides enough information
> for them to do what you suggest on simple replies[1] (and IMHO that
> should be default behavior!), and then Reply All would Just Work
> Right.  But mostly they don't (in any configuration, let alone by
> default).  As Mark explains, the Reply-To header can't be used because
> it breaks Reply All.[2]
> IIRC Mozilla Thunderbird and Sylpheed (and maybe Evolution) do this
> right.  But trying to convince subscribers to change their MUAs is
> like trying to get addicts to give up their drugs. :-(
> A few other clients (Mutt, Emacs/Gnus) have a reply-to-list function,
> which often does the right thing (ie, fall back to reply-to-author if
> it can't figure out what list is meant).  It is easier to get them to
> use the function if already present in their client, but that's quite
> a bit of work for somebody to find out what clients people are using
> and if they have the function.
> Footnotes: 
> [1]  The RFC 2369 "List-Post" header.
> [2]  This is because the definition of "Reply-To" in the email
> standard is "The *author* says he doesn't want replies to go to
> 'From', he wants you to use this address.  Thank you!"

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