[Mailman-Users] "Prevent" Reply-all

Bernd Petrovitsch bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
Tue Oct 25 19:11:12 EDT 2016


On Tue, 2016-10-25 at 21:46 +0000, Ryan C Stasel wrote:
> User A send message to list. List members get the mail, but it
> “appears” to be from User A and not from the list. So a Reply and 

And the mail actually *was* from user A - it was just replicated and
distributed to many others via the mailinglist (software).

> Reply-all both do the same thing. To really reply-all, users would
> have to physically type in the mail list address into their To or CC
> fields. 

The "reply-all" button in - TTBOMK - all MUAs does this and the "List-
Reply" button in the better ones does this too: grab the appropriate
addresses from the headers and use them for the reply. That's actually
the definition of them IMHO.

Do you use "Reply-To-Munging"? If yes, you actually want to *not* *do*
reply-to-munging so the (simple) "reply" button goes just to the
address in the From: header.

Personally: And *if* people press "reply-to-all", they may actually
want it and what software can decide based on which criteria that they
actually do not want it?

> Is this possible (short of re-educating our users about how “reply-
> all” really isn’t appropriate in most cases)?

No - Email and mailing lists are just tools (just like a hammer) and if
people use them wrong, it's not the job of the hammer to decide if he
should hit or not hit the nail - even if the hammer could decide that a
finger is in between.

Since on one (else) complains via the mailinglist (otherwise you would
have mentioned it IMHO) that "thank you" mails should be private, it
probably bothers no one really.

It's IMHO also a thing for the mailinglist charta, if "thank you" mails
(and similar) are actually wanted/encouraged or "only private,
otherwise it bandwidth and archive space waste".

And some people may actually think that saying "thank you" in public is
actually a good thing - even if it's only just the education;-)

Kind regards,
Bernd Petrovitsch                  Email : bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
                     LUGA : http://www.luga.at

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