Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers

Bruno Wolff III bruno at wolff.to
Mon Jul 5 20:43:53 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 05, 2010 at 15:29:44 -0400,
  Tom H <tomh0665 at gmail.com> wrote:
> It is much less problematic for "reply" to reply to the list,
> especially if changing that behavior is solely meant to help those who
> don't want to subscribe to it...

Typically accidentally sending a message intended for a single person to a
list by mistake has a higher cost than do the reverse. Depending on the
ratio of the two mistakes for a given group it may make sense to do reply

Also if people use mail-followup-to they can keep people (at least those
using reasonable email clients) from sending them duplicate messages
when desired.

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