Reply-To header

Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Mon Oct 3 23:17:15 CEST 2005


Roel Schroeven <rschroev_nospam_ml at fastmail.fm> writes:
> Peter Decker wrote:
>> Setting the default Reply-To: to the list means that 'Reply' sends
>> just to the list (the desired behavior most of the time), and 'Reply
>> to all' sends 2 copies.
> The thing is: Reply-to has legitimate uses. I don't really understand
> the use cases (AFAICS all of them could be done with Form: instead)

Yes, they can all be done with From:. But From: has uses other than
just listing the reply address, and if you hijack From: to replace
reply-to (because other people have hijacked Reply-To: for purposes
for which it wasn't intended :-), then you can't use From: for what
*it* was intended for.

I send out mail - well, mail gets sent out for me - every day that
uses both the From: and Reply-To: fields. The mail is *from* me, and
that's what the from header says. The reply needs to go to a magic
maildrop that takes action based on the reply address. The recipient
doesn't need to see the reply address, and would only be confused by
it if they did.

      <mike
-- 
Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>			http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.



More information about the Python-list mailing list