Inappropriate use of private meetings & lists. (reply to).

Jim Gettys jg at
Wed Jul 2 12:58:01 EDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-07-02 at 09:54 -0700, Carol Lerche wrote:
> I don't understand the argument that forcing "Reply-to" to be back to
> the list eradicates a list participant's ability to get the reply on
> their preferred email address.  Presumably they replied to the list
> via this address.  

This doesn't follow; some people often use multiple mail accounts.

The question is now: what options should we set?  I'm not saying what
the answer is, just explaining why it is set the way it is...
                          - Jim

> By forcing "Reply-to" to the list address, all subscribers should
> receive the reply in the way they specified when they subscribed to
> it.  What am I missing?
> 2008/7/2 Dennis Gilmore <dennis at>:
>         On Wednesday 02 July 2008, Jim Gettys wrote:
>         > Here's mailman's recommendation about replyto...
>         >
>         >
>         >                      - Jim
>         >
>         I personally really dislike being CC'd on lists im subscribed
>         to I find it
>         extremely poor netiquette  of all the mailing lists im
>         subscribed to OLPC's
>         are the only ones that dont set replyto the list.  It and the
>         huge amount of
>         cross posting on OLPC lists really irritate me. its a very
>         standard convention
>         to keep list mail on lists.  if you need to take something off
>         list  then you
>         should go through the steps needed to do so.  i personally
>         always use the
>         reply to list option my client gives me.
>         When i get CC'd i dont get the mailman email only the cc'd one
>         which goes to
>         different folders where i might not see the mail for awhile.
>         It outright breaks
>         my procmail recipes, because mailman correctly doesnt send me
>         a duplicate
>         email.  I filter my list mail based on the X-BeenThere: header
>         --
>         Dennis Gilmore
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