My apologies for not including any spam in this message. I have
nothing to sell, just a couple of questions.
There is a move afoot to change the configuration of one of the lists
to which I belong. The desire is to force all replies, whether to
'sender' or to 'all' to go to the list. I presume that this will be
done by having the list software (listproc in this case) set the
Reply-To: header to the list rather than the sender.
I don't like it because it breaks my email software (Netscape) which
has two very clearly marked buttons that allow me to reply to 'sender'
and to 'all' as I desire. I have been pushing for list members to
understand their email software, to know how to reply in both fashions,
and to configure their software so that the default reply is as they
wish. I also tilt at windmills in my spare time.
The thought of those intent on the change is that it will prevent
careless errors of the type where a reply is sent in private when it was
intended to be public. There is also a subtext that all list
communication "should" be public. It's my opinion that if I want to
make a private reply (and I do want the choice), I'd like to be able to
do so without hunting down the From: header and manually typing it in.
There is also the point that under the current configuration, posters
receive two copies of any reply; one directly and one from the list. I
think this is preferable to an overall increase in list traffic that I
contend would come about by making it difficult to reply in private.
Isn't there a way to attempt to eliminate duplicate email by looking at
Message-Id:, similar to how some news readers will only show a
cross-posted message once?
Just wondering how this issue is dealt with on other lists. Thanks for
Bill Rizzi email@example.com Software Services
Z http://www.softserv.com/~rizzi Santa Barbara, CA