In message <m0s5UTU-0009pgC@wice.xs4all.nl>, Paul J. Stevens writes:
>Why is the Reply-To header not added as a default, making
>standard list-replies go to the original author, in stead of the
>list ? Is there a solid reason for doing this,
Yes, there are several.
1. If you add a reply-to pointing back to the list, with many mail
user agents it becomes very hard to overrride this and send mail
to the original person _only_ instead of to the list. This is
my greatest complaint with LISTSERV. When I was on more LISTSERV
lists, hardly a week went by when someone didn't send mail to the
list saying "hi Joe I got your mail, thanks for the response. how
about lunch on friday?". A few of those weren't so congenial.
2. There are broken mailers out there which refuse to behave according
to the standards. They send bounce messages to the "From:" or "Reply-To:"
address. If you have a Reply-To: back to the list, you just opened
the door wide open to a mail loop.
Virtually every mail reader I've used comes with two 'reply' buttons/keys.
One to reply to just the sender, and one to reply to all recipients.
(the latter is the one I used to generate this reply)
Simply educate your users as to the meaning of both buttons, and
have them use the right one depending on what they want, rather than
forcing them to do something potentially wrong.