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[liberationtech] list reply-all

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at
Tue Mar 19 21:43:58 PDT 2013

Here is a very personal example, in which I learned a valuable general lesson about talking shit:

which had a side effect of cementing one of my professional mantras: What would David Wagner do? ::)

I can certainly take the time to be better about spurious reply-all sends.

best, Joe

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Senior Staff Technologist
Center for Democracy & Technology

On Mar 19, 2013, at 21:22, Matt Mackall <mpm at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2013-03-19 at 19:08 -0400, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
>> Has the possibility of reconfiguring libtech to not reply-all by
>> default been broached?
> Reply-to-list poses a significant usability risk that can escalate into
> a security issue, so it's unfortunate that it's being used here of all
> places.
> Let me relate a personal example from several years ago:
> A: <operational discussion on activist group list>
> B: Right on! ps: how's <extremely embarassing private matter> going?
> B: Oh SH*#&$#*T, I'm SOOOOO sorry, I didn't mean to reply-all!! I feel
> horrible!!
> It's quite easy to imagine <extremely embarassing private matter> being
> replaced by <career-ending aside> on most lists, but on this one in
> particular it might be replaced by <potentially life-endangering datum>.
> Now compare this to the typical fall-out that happens without reply-to:
> A: <operational discussion on activist group list>
> B: <public reply accidentally sent privately>
> B: Oops, sent that privately, sorry for the duplicate.
> How many such minor inconveniences equal one job lost or life
> endangered? In my opinion, no list should use reply-to-list.
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