[LCA2015-Chat] reply-to all on lists always was broken and still is broken, please revert

Mark Foster mark.foster at lca2015.linux.org.au
Mon Jan 12 19:47:57 EST 2015

I would go so far as to say that any MUA where you cant manually update the recipient list is more broken than the mailing list config.

Reply direct causes many recipients to receIve multiple copies of measages in a thread as theyll get the list copy as well as the direct one. 

If the mailing list is intended to be conversational I tend to revert to what is most commonly used and thus most convenient. Reply-list it is for me personally and many others I know.

I too have run and hosted many mailing lists over many years and I humbly suggest that the list host/administrator gets to configure this as they prefer, and calling their preferred system broken merely because your preferences are different, is unfair.

(Speaking personally only)

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-------- Original message --------
From: Marc MERLIN <marc at merlins.org> 
Date:12/01/2015  21:28  (GMT+12:00) 
To: Jethro Carr <jethro.carr at jethrocarr.com>,George Patterson <george.patterson at gmail.com> 
Cc: Delegate Chat list for LCA2015 <chat at lists.lca2015.linux.org.au> 
Subject: Re: [LCA2015-Chat] reply-to all on lists always was broken and
  still is broken, please revert 

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 10:45:02PM +1300, Jethro Carr wrote:
> > year.
> > http://marc.merlins.org/netrants/listreplyto.html
>> > Can someone please revert this breakage?
> One person’s breakage is another person’s feature.

Yes, mostly preventing reply to author for some Email clients is a

(and not that it means anything, but I've been a mail and list admin,
including sourceforge with 100K+ lists, so I have some experience with
all sides of this, there and back, and got the tshirt)

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 09:08:27PM +1100, George Patterson wrote:
> I'd be reluctant to change it this week but could be on the list for later
> consideration.
> In my opinion, those that do not sanity check the reply list before sending
> an email is asking for trouble.

I do, but if I use my cell phone, it's really a pain to have to manually
override a reply-to I didn't ask for and doesn't belong.
Besides, it's bad to randomly change the behaviour of clients from the
server side. That is sure asking for trouble or at least creating
confusion, at best.

But yeah, you already knew that :)

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