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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: <19960315132006.10988.qmail@sws5.ctd.ornl.gov> from "de5@sws5.ctd.ornl.gov" at Mar 15, 96 01:20:06 pm

>From de5@sws5.ctd.ornl.gov:
> 
> 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.
-- 
  Regards,

  Merrill Cook 
  Louisville KY 
  mcook@pcusa.org     or MERRILL COOK on Ecunet/PresbyNet
  http://www.pcusa.org/pcusa.html
      -+-


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