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Michael Allan mike at zelea.com
Wed Mar 20 02:48:20 PDT 2013


Maxim Kammerer said:
> ... Any decent mailing list uses reply-to-list as a default. ...

Pardon me, but that's not true.  GNU Mailman is a decent list server
and it ships with reply-to-sender.  You must go out of your way to
munge the Reply-to header.  They recommend against it:
http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/mailman-admin/node11.html

> ... no new information has been brought in this thread.

That seems unlikely.  I think the new information is that *this*

> ... preventing personal replies from being inadvertently sent to the
> entire list.

is now recognized to be a safety issue.

Matt Mackall said:
> 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>. ...  How many... minor inconveniences equal
> one job lost or life endangered? ...
 
Isn't that a valid point?

-- 
Michael Allan

Toronto, +1 416-699-9528
http://zelea.com/


Maxim Kammerer said:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Michael Allan <mike at zelea.com> wrote:
> > But it now appears that safety is a concern (as Matt points out),
> > which wasn't originally understood.  Since it's a question of safety
> > vs. convenience, then maybe it's better to revert immediately to the
> > default setting (the safer one).
> 
> How about no? Any decent mailing list uses reply-to-list as a default.
> The original survey stated:
> 
> Reply to entire list or individual sender:
> - Advantage of replying to individual sender includes preventing
> personal replies from being inadvertently sent to the entire list.
> 
> Advantages of replying to entire list include:
> - Preventing people who forward emails from the list from
> unnecessarily exposing subscribers' email addresses
> - Preventing list server from having to filter email to subscribers
> who are in To: or Cc: (if anything goes wrong, they get an email
> twice)
> - Reducing both the strain on the server and the risk of triggering spam filters
> 
> So no new information has been brought in this thread.
> 
> -- 
> Maxim Kammerer
> Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte



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