[Mailman-Users] The "right" way to reply to a mailing list

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Mar 25 02:36:55 CET 2015

Peter Shute writes:

 > But this time I tried unticking the "Plain" option for my
 > subscription. I was surprised to see that they did start coming
 > through as individual attachements, and that I could open them and
 > reply to them "properly". This works in both Outlook and iOS Mail.
 > But all I see is an index and a long list of unnamed attachments.

Don't expect Microsoft and Apple MUAs to implement Internet standards
sanely, because they don't.  Those MUAs are equivalent to the large
button cellphones designed for children and the elderly: very easy to
for basic operations (and in the case of these MUAs, with lots of
attention to "groupware" like calendars).

But people who use those MUAs are going to lose when presented with
sophisticated or high-volume mail flows.  If you have a lot of them on
a list, disable digests.  If they need digests, tell them to get a
real MUA or shut up.  We can't do anything about the design principles
Apple and Microsoft use except deplore them (and we could be wrong --
look at the market valuations of those companies ;-).

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