Reply-To munging summary (was: Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers)

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at
Sat Jul 10 22:06:01 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM, Tom H <tomh0665 at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 5:20 AM, Felipe Contreras
> <felipe.contreras at> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Tim <ignored_mailbox at> wrote:
>>> In my opinion, many lists set the reply-to address because those lists
>>> are intended to keep replies on the list, and the list managers know
>>> that most people wouldn't do that if it wasn't preset for them.  People
>>> will just hit reply, and expect it to do the right thing.
>> I wonder, how do you think people are able to maintain private
>> conversations between multiple parties if they "will just hit reply"?
> I regularly have conversations with multiple friends or colleagues
> where at some point someone hits "reply" rather than "reply to all"
> and all but two are cut off.

Exactly, so common users need to know "reply to all" in order to have
conversations with more than one person. It is *common* knowledge.

So members of the mailing list are aware of such "reply to all" common

Felipe Contreras

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