Small query on distribution lists

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Sun Aug 1 18:06:23 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-08-01 at 09:29 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> I've seen people put their own address in the To: field. I've also
> seen fake addresses there (e.g. aaaa at aaaa) but that might be blocked
> by the ISP of course.

I've done that before, but it confuses the less technically savvy
recipients, as to why *they're* receiving a message addressed to someone
else.  The simplest solution for that sort of thing, that makes sense to
most other people on the internet, is to address it to a list address
that they'll recognise.

e.g. If you had a list about reading books, the list might have an
address like:

  "members of the book club" <the-book-club at>

And you'd send out your mail to your members, addressed TO the list,
with the members CC'd, or BCC'd (BCCing is better if you want membership
anonymity, and minimising the chance of spammers harvesting addresses
from compromised machines, or from forwarded mail).

It also gives the slightly clueful, but not quite enough, a simple way
to whitelist messages, if they use a simple sort of filtering.

[tim at localhost ~]$ uname -r

Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored.  I
read messages from the public lists.

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