On Sun, 14 Dec 1997, Hallvard Tangeraas wrote:
> The second option seems more cumbersome to me as the list address has to be
> inserted in the "To:" field every time. It's easy to forget.
Cumbersomeness is not a list problem, it is a user mail-agent-software
problem. It is incredibly simple and basic and obvious to even the most
dense user that a message is FROM somewhere and TO somewhere; so the
distinction between sending your own message back to where something is
FROM (the author) and sending your own message to the same place something
is TO (even if it be only yourself; why should you not be as free to send
comments or addendums to yourself as to anyone else) is incredibly simple
and basic. It is a marvel that some software somehow seems to make such an
incredibly simple distinction seem somehow complex or cumbersome. It is
not complex nor cumbersome, it is a simple distinction: reply to author OR
comment to wherever the authors own message is going. I.E. send your
message to the address another is FROM or send your message to the address
another is TO.
Different mail programs might call them differently, but basically they
are two clearly different functions. I used to call them "reply" (to
author / originator: actually just to wherever its FROM) and "comment"
(send your 2 cents worth wherever the 2 cents already on hand were going).
Why some mail programs fail to make this incredibly simple and basic
distinction apparent to their users is a mystery; why users persist in
using such braindead mail programs is probably a Gates-ism or the like.
Some companies not only like to think users are stupid, they like to prove
it by saddling users with software that forces users into stupidity.
Blessed Be. -MarkM-
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