[Mailman-Users] Reply-to options not working
chip at aresti.com
Mon Jan 29 13:25:56 EST 2018
Apologies for mangling my description of the problem. The senders
with the hard-coded "Reply-To:" are not the ones complaining that
their emails aren't going to the list, it's those who thought they
replied to the list who complain that it went as a private message
back to the OP.
IMHO, all replies to a discussion list posting should go back to the
discussion by default. Any responder is free to change that for a
particular reply, but the default should be to maintain the discussion.
If a poster really wants private replies, the author is free to ask
for them, and may actually get a few. (Most will still go back to the
list because it's sooo much trouble to change the "To:" header.)
These are folks who constantly hijack threads because they always
start a new topic by hitting 'Reply' to whatever posting they just
On 1/29/2018 12:14 PM, Chip Davis wrote:
> I am loathe to weigh in on this architectural design discussion, but
> it seems to ignore the PEBCAK effect.
> I admin about a dozen _discussion_ Mailman lists as a mitzvah for
> various organizations I'm fond of, none of which are well-populated
> with computer scientists. Exhibit A is the number of subscribers who
> have free email accounts at Yahoo, AOL, or bellsouth.net (who
> subcontracts their email processing to Yahoo).
> I have a constant problem with well-meaning, but essentially ignorant,
> email users who, upon seeing a "Reply To:" field in their MUA's setup
> screen, dutifully fill it in with their email address. Then they
> complain that even though they "replied to the list", their email went
> only to the poster.
> That's why I have to "first_strip_reply_to", and it appears, will
> still have to do so in your new paradigm, Stephen. You can't defeat
> ignorance, only battle it to a bloody draw.
> I've been doing this for years, and it seems that the proliferation of
> POS (not "point-of-sale") cellphone email clients has made things
> exponentially worse. They are more concerned with adding a button to
> to automatically order whatever is in highlighted text from Amazon,
> than with RFC's.
> On 1/28/2018 11:43 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>> Jordan Brown writes:
>> > I want "Reply" to go to the author, and "Reply All" to go to the
>> > the list, and any other To or CC destinations. I simply can't
>> > understand any other answer. I don't understand why anybody
>> feels a
>> > need for "Reply List".
>> Your preference is noted, but you are definitely in a minority of
>> those whose opinions I've seen over the decades. Even those who use
>> Reply and Reply All as you do (I do on this list, for example),
>> usually have considered it suboptimal. The preferences of list owners
>> also should be respected, to the extent that replying users don't
>> care. The prevalence of reply-to-munging says that they (or perhaps a
>> majority of their subscribers) want replies to automatically go to the
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