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Subject: Re: Changing Reply-To: Fields
From: Merrill Cook <mcook @ ecunet . org>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 1996 14:02:23 -0500 (EST)
To: de5 @ sws5 . ctd . ornl . gov
Cc: bob @ marquee . com, list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <> from "" at Mar 15, 96 01:20:06 pm

> 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
> work.

Actually, getting users to use their software the way they are supposed
to, rather than the way they actually do, is pretty much futile; you 
need to fix the software so the way people use it is also the right 
way to do things.

A better reason for not using Reply-to for the list is that errors 
and miscellaneous stuff end up going to everyone on the list, whereas
otherwise they would just go to the sender.

  Merrill Cook 
  Louisville KY     or MERRILL COOK on Ecunet/PresbyNet

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