Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at gmail.com
Thu Jul 8 08:16:41 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM, Bruno Wolff III <bruno at wolff.to> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 07, 2010 at 13:02:37 +0300,
>  Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Who are those mythical creatures that don't know about "reply to all"?
>> I keep hearing about them, but as far as I know everybody that knows
>> how to send email knows to send mail to more than one recipient, which
>> requires knowledge of "reply to all". No?
> If you read this thread there are posts that strong suggest that some of the
> respondents in this thread either don't know about reply to all or refuse
> to use it.

No. What they have argued is that *other* people might not know about
it, which as I've explained is not the case as even common users know
how to send mail to more than one person and keep the thread alive.

Let's not confuse a) users "not knowing how to use reply to all", and
b) users "annoyed by mistakenly not hitting reply to all". I've never
seen a case of a), and I don't think it's likely, but I do have seen
cases of b), but I think the advantages of not munging vastly
compensate for that minor annoyance.

> I have seen people ask about this on other lists (not related to Fedora)
> where I don't do reply munging. Some people really expect reply to sender
> to reply to the list.

Yes, I think some mailing lists might have spoiled them.

However, were you strict in saying "no, deal with 'reply to all'"? If
so, did your users managed?

Felipe Contreras

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