[Mailman-Users] The "right" way to reply to a mailing list
billc_lists at greenbuilder.com
Tue Apr 7 08:00:02 CEST 2015
On 3/20/15 8:52 AM, Tanstaafl wrote:
> On 3/19/2015 6:47 PM, Lindsay Haisley <fmouse at fmp.com> wrote:
>> In many mail user agents, when you press the "Reply" button the program
>> will analyze the headers, determine that the post being replied to came
>> from a list and offer a "Reply to List" option in addition to a simple
>> reply, which generally goes privately to the original poster.
> I'd really like to know which email user agents really do this.
> In my experience, none of the ones used by 99+% of the worlds population
> actually use do this.
Thunderbird. ('Reply to list' for listservs, 'Reply all' if more than
one recipient in a non-list conversation)
Others like Gmail will offer 'reply all' if there's more than one
And what you get when you hit 'reply' will depend on what the list sets
as the reply-to address. In Mailman we have the option of setting it to
the list address OR the sender. Some of mine go to sender (typically
lists whose participants tend to go far off topic frequently), some go
to the list.
A couple of quick rules of thumb I use for responses: If I can answer
an original question definitively in one or two lines and it's not
likely to spark a long thread, I will top post.
Otherwise, I most often use the trim-and-interleave, or if it makes
sense (as in this post), bottom posting. In general, follow the
convention most used in the list or conversation in question.
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