[Mailman-Users] Replying to the List

Phil Stracchino phils at caerllewys.net
Thu Dec 7 13:21:56 EST 2017

On 12/07/17 13:17, Jordan Brown wrote:
> On 12/7/2017 9:15 AM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> On 12/07/17 00:43, Ron Beatteay via Mailman-Users wrote:
>>> Hi all, 
>>> I’m new to mailman.  My previous Listserv platform ( LSoft ) made it easy to reply to discussions by automatically sending replies to the list.  With mailman, replies go to the person, not the list,, so we have to make the extra step of correcting the outgoing to: address.   Is there a way to make that default in settings?
>> Yes.  The documentation explains how.
>> Short version for free:  Edit /etc/mailman/mm_cfg.py and add the
>> following line anywhere AFTER 'from Defaults import *':
> But don't do it.  Teach your users to use "Reply All" when they want to
> talk to everybody and "Reply" when they want to talk to the author of
> the particular message.
> Mailing list mechanisms that set "Reply-To" to point to the mailing list
> inevitably lead to messages that are intended to be private being
> accidentally sent to the entire list.

This is a religious dispute.  Both schools of thought have their
adherents and their vehement opponents, and some mailers still do not
provide separate options for reply-to-sender and reply-to-list.

The smart-money choice is to carefully consider on a list-by-list basis
which policy is appropriate for the list in question.

  Phil Stracchino
  Babylon Communications
  phils at caerllewys.net
  phil at co.ordinate.org
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