[erlang-questions] mailing list "reply to"

James Churchman <>
Fri Dec 3 02:15:38 CET 2010


I guess this makes some sense that it does not send duplicate messages!

Before i was removing the other recipients every time with reply all

Tho still it's unintuitive until explained especially as goggle groups, yahoo groups and all the many other malling lists i have still all behave in the opposite fashion with reply to list begin the default. i'd also say sending individual replies should be discourages by default, as everybody gets to learn from the replies to the list.. so even after understanding the reasoning this still feels wrong to me

On 2 Dec 2010, at 22:19, Richard O'Keefe wrote:

> 
> On 2/12/2010, at 8:01 PM, Mazen Harake wrote:
> 
>> On 02/12/2010 05:42, Richard O'Keefe wrote:
>>> Reply-To is for message authors to set when they DON'T want replies to go to
>>> the list.
>> Aren't most replies going to the list? E.g. When replying to you I had to first do Reply All and then remove your name from the To field so that you don't get a personal copy AND a message is sent to the mailing list.
> 
> Actually, no.  Mailing list software is supposed to look at the addresses and NOT
> send a copy to people on the mailing list who are already on the cc list.
> So the normal way to reply to everyone on a mailing list is supposed to be
> "Reply All" and let the mailing list software sort it out.
> 
>> Isn't the point of the mailing list to have a forum-like behaviour?
> 
> Yes, which is why mailing list software is supposed to do its job properly.
> That means
> - NOT setting Reply-To, which RFC 2822 makes clear is for the use of the
>   author of a message only
> - NOT sending duplicate messages
> 
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