Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers

Tom H tomh0665 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 17:24:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 7:57 AM, Felipe Contreras
<felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't see any component in bugzilla for mailing lists, so I'm posting here.
> In order to do that I have to subscribe, which takes more than a few
> bounces, and that's the problem.
> Public mailing lists should receive mail from *anybody*; if the poster
> is not subscribed, then the message should go through moderation. This
> is the truly open way.
> Orthogonal to this is that the mailing lists should not mingle with
> "Reply-To"; they should leave the To and Cc fields intact, so that the
> MUA can reply to the right addresses. See:
> http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
> This way when a non-subscriber posts something, he doesn't have to add
> the "Please CC me as I'm not in the mailing list"; it will happen
> automatically.

I couldn't disagree more.

Posting to the list: If someone wants to benefit from a list, the
least that he/she should do is subscribe. I delete systematically any
email with "please cc me as I'm not subscribed to the list".

Replying to the list: I want the lust to "mangle" the headers so that
I can hit "reply" and have the email go the list and not to the person
to whom I am replying.

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