On 10/22/07, Ofer Inbar <cos@stripped> wrote:
> I've seen this debate on a lot of lists. I firmly believe having a
> list munge reply-to is almost universally a very bad idea (the
> main exception being very small lists of people who know each other).
> Most email programs allow you to tell them the names of the lists you
> subscribe to, and/or can autodetect what the list name is from the
> appropriate headers, and give you an easy list-reply command. So you
> have your usual individual reply command, group reply / reply to all,
> and list reply. If you're annoyed by having to edit headers to reply
> to the list, then learn how to use your email program's list-reply
> Yes, sometimes someone accidentally replies to you and not the list.
> You write them back and ask, "did you mean to send this just to me, or
> to the list?" Mildly annoying, but either of you can send the message
> on to the list and the rest of the list members lose nothing.
> If you go the other way, though, the error case is that sometimes
> someone sends to the list a message they intended to be private.
> Not only does it increase list volume mostly with noise, but it
> occasionally leads to embarrassment, confusion, or breach of privacy.
> It makes all of the above more likely to happen accidentally, and when
> they do happen, there's no way to take it back.
> -- Cos
Thank you for a well thought response. It sounds like a decent part of
the list agrees with me, and a decent part disagree. However you are
the first anti-munger to not refer to a FAQ which refers to
unpersuasive arguments by a 3rd party.
I would wager that on a up or down vote that the the mungers would
have it, however the the support is not overwhelming, which it ought
to be for a change like this to be made. Oh well.
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