[Mailman-Users] Replying to the List

Grant Taylor gtaylor at tnetconsulting.net
Thu Dec 7 22:04:48 EST 2017

On 12/07/2017 07:19 PM, Chip Davis wrote:
> And I have no problem with that (except that editorial advice probably 
> doesn't belong on a settings page) because it refers to a "mailing 
> list".  I have no statistics, but my exposure to Mailman has been almost 
> exclusively as a "discussion list".  Therefore, all of the Mailman 
> instances that I admin ignore this "strong recommendation" and set 
> 'reply_goes_to_list' to 'This list'.  Yes, that does open the DMARC/DKIM 
> can-o-worms, but just about everything useful does... :-/

I came to the conclusion long ago that there are effectively two types 
of mailing lists, 1) broadcast lists where replies go somewhere other 
than the list and 2) discussion lists where replies go back to the 
mailing list.

Which should be used is an often debated topic.  In some ways, it's as 
religious as vi vs emacs.

Ultimately, it comes down to what you, as a mailing list administrator 
want to do.  Sure, you can take some influence from your subscribers. 
But it is /your/ choice as the administrator.

I think that Mailman (et al) should inform administrators of the 
potential caveats of their decision, not try to persuade them one way or 
the other.

I personally feel like discussion mailing lists are their own entity. 
Thus they are the author of the message (with content heavily based on 
incoming emails) and as such all aspects of the message should reflect 
the discussion mailing list.  (I'm also a vim user.)

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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