Bernie Cosell <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> So, am I just being a luddite, yet again, or should I send complaints to
> onelist [although fat lot of good it'll do I suspect]? Would any of you
> actually make use of this 'feature' of Majordomo [or another listserv]?
> Should we/i suggest to the greatcircle folk to remove it from majordomo
> as being a bad idea?
I use it. Unsurprisingly, for the same lists that also want Reply-To set
to the list. Yes, I agree, it's a bad idea in general and I don't like it
on lists that I'm on, but when I've got a whole bunch of very chatty
mostly AOL users who know very little about computers and just want to
talk to each other on a mailing list, this is the sort of stuff that makes
their lives a lot easier.
The subject prefixes, and the reply-to settings, are working around
serious usability problems in a lot of common PC e-mail clients. The way
to get rid of both of them permanently is to manage to get the expected
minimal feature set (and usability of the features) in standard e-mail
clients high enough that unskilled computer users can cope with mailing
lists that don't have those sorts of artificial cues.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <URL:http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>