>I have read the FAQ and the Manual, but this concept is still unclear to
>me. I would really like the reply to field to read:
>Reply-To: NAME OF MY LIST (email@example.com)
This is really a bad idea.
>or something like that. So that people who recieve mail from the list know
>it's from the list, not just some random user, and so that they can reply
>directly to the list.
Mail sent to a mailing list will look like:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joe Smith)
Blah blah blah
The recipient can deduce, based on the fact that his address isn't
listed in the "To" header, that he received the message via the
"mailing-list" mailing list.
Just about every modern mail agent provides a way to reply either to
just the sender (From: or Reply-To:) or to everyone (From:/Reply-To:,
To:, and CC:).
The "fix" is educating users in carefully reading headers (a very
valuable skill) and learning how to operate their software (another
very important skill). Hacks like using Reply-To: to direct replies to
the list are bad because they discourage proper understanding and
usage of the system and penalize those who know how things really