On Sun, 1 Jun 1997, Leslie Mikesell wrote:
> And to reverse your argument, if majordomo (as an agent of the list
> manager) isn't the reason I have this message, what is it? You
> wouldn't have sent something to me were it not for the list so why
> shouldn't my reply be guided back the same way? However, this is
> silly semantics - the real issue is where a 'normal' reply should
> go and I believe this depends on the nature of the list and the
I think that if a person wishes to post to the list, or comment to the
list, then they should post or comment or expand-upon or follow-up or some
such thing, not reply. To reply to the author of a posting should be
distinct from following-up or commenting-upon or expanding-upon etc etc
etc. It is a very simple distinction between sending to the addresses a
message is FROM and sending to the addresses a message is TO.
If a message is sent TO a mailing-list or newsgroup or other object
(in my BBS system messages could be TO any object: spaceships, places,
game-characters, any object existing in the system) then it is needful to
provide two separate responding operations: respond to author and respond
to target/recipient. The normal term for respond-to-author is "reply"; the
normal terms for respond-to-target are terms such as "post", "comment",
and "followup". Using the same term, "reply", for such is merely confusing
and does not help to clarify the distinction.
Unfortunately my MUA, pine, does not seem to have a "post to whoever this
message is TO" command? I may be wrong. It should have such, call it
Comment or Followup or somesuch, but it should exist.
Blessed Be. -MarkM-
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