On 22-May-2003 Fred Whipple wrote:
> It's funny! I just replied "offline" to a prevoius post, as I'm on a
> right now, and they'll send out when I get home. However having just
> this message, I realized that my previous suggestion to someone else did
> go to the list, rather just the original poster. So I could still go
> my outbox and change it.
> That said, I will offer my vote to change the settings such that From:
> and/or ReplyTo: are set to the list address :-)
> -Fred Whipple
> iMagine Internet Services
That would be wrong.
" The originator fields indicate the mailbox(es) of the source of the
message. The "From:" field specifies the author(s) of the message, that is,
the mailbox(es) of the person(s) or system(s) responsible for the writing
of the message. The "Sender:" field specifies the mailbox of the agent
responsible for the actual transmission of the message. For example, if a
secretary were to send a message for another person, the mailbox of the
secretary would appear in the "Sender:" field and the mailbox of the actual
author would appear in the "From:" field. If the originator of the message
can be indicated by a single mailbox and the author and transmitter are
identical, the "Sender:" field SHOULD NOT be used. Otherwise, both fields
The originator fields also provide the information required when
replying to a message. When the "Reply-To:" field is present, it indicates
the mailbox(es) to which the author of the message suggests that replies be
sent. In the absence of the "Reply-To:" field, replies SHOULD by default be
sent to the mailbox(es) specified in the "From:" field unless otherwise
specified by the person composing the reply.
In all cases, the "From:" field SHOULD NOT contain any mailbox that does
not belong to the author(s) of the message..."
Only the originator should set the 'Reply-To' header.
On a closed or moderated list, the list manager could be thought of as
a proxy 'originator', then changng it would be valid.
For open lists, it should be left alone. i suppose setting the 'Sender'
to the list address could be justifed, but I can't recall any list that
The MySQL, PHP, FreeBSD, (now defunct) Perl lists, & many others are
handling the 'Reply-To' correctly by leaving it untouched.
Don Read dread@stripped
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