On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Stephen Zepp wrote:
> hehe...ever heard of cultural relativism? Evil is dependent on the
> nature of the community.
Yes I have (take a look at my .sig).
Of course it depends on the nature of the list and the nature
of the users. My experience is that with naive users it is almost
always a mistake to have reply-to list. You get far too many
"me too"s and "send me that paper" sent to the whole list.
It is also likely to generate meta discussion. My experience
is that nothing gets people to unsubscribe faster than a lot
of messages of that nature.
> 1) what do my list users want?
Yes, but distinguish that from what they say they want. Sometimes your
expertise is valuable and should be used.
> 2) is this a question/answer list, or a discussion list?
> 3) are my readers experienced/mature enough not to abuse the concept of
> reply-to being to the list?
That is one of the big questions. But you left out another important one.
4) How large is the list?
One thing that I wonder, is how many MUAs have a "reply to all" function?
> P.S. In fact, I just had to cancel this message, and _re-address it to the
> list_. Now, that was painful :P ( grin, duck and run! )
I guess yours doesn't have a reply to all function.
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Relativism is the triumph of authority over truth, convention over justice.