At 04:57 PM 04/19/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>I was setting up a test list and found a unique problem. While the list
>works fine with the default *.config settings, users using Outlook had a
>When they hit the reply to send a response message to the list, Outlook
>wouldn't read the list address sent the message to the sender. The only
>way I found to fix this problem was the edit the *.config file line
>(reply_to=<list address>). While this fixed the issue, I was wondering if
>there are similar problems with POP clients or if this was a Microsoft
>Outlook only issue.
Actually this is supposed to be the "correct" way that a mail list is to be
set up. That if a person responds to a post the response goes to the sender
and not the list. Typically responses are to go to the original poster,
then (in the case of help lists) once the situation is resolved the answer
should be posted by the original poster. Responders are free to CC their
answers to the list or to reset the "to" to the list to get more help. But
the whole idea is to keep message volume on lists from getting out of hand
and to prevent mistakes. Many a time I have seen / read posts that the
sender wanted to go to the poster but they didn't check the reply-to before
If you want an open discussion list then setting the "reply_to=" to the
list address is ok but be careful to be on the lookout for mail loops.
Anyone with a buggy auto responder or foolishly / incorrectly setting a
.vacation file to respond to _all_ mail can cause you no little grief.
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