Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 18:49:32 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM, Tom H <tomh0665 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 1:42 PM, Felipe Contreras
> <felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is it so much to ask for you to hit "reply to all" instead of "reply"
>> (depending on the case), so that other people can have the benefits of
>> non-munged headers?
> On debian-user, hitting reply sends an email back to the poster and
> there are two regular complaints.
> 1. Many people hit "reply" and don't send a reply to the list - and
> the recipient then forwards the unintended private email back to the
> list.

That's a user problem. If you send an unintended private mail, you ask
the recipient to ignore it, and then send the right one to the mailing

Just like with top-posting, they should enforce against the behavior
they don't want.

The problem is not in the system.

> 2. Many people hit "reply all" and the person they are replying to
> complains that he/she has received two emails.

That's because either they are stupid or their system is stupid, and
their MUA is not right.

In Feodra's case mailman is used, which has the option:
"Avoid duplicate copies of messages?"

You seem to have it on by default. Problem solved.

Felipe Contreras

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