Reply-To munging summary (was: Bug in mailing lists; unfriendly to non-subscribers)
cs at zip.com.au
Sat Jul 10 22:23:16 UTC 2010
On 11Jul2010 01:06, Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
| On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM, Tom H <tomh0665 at gmail.com> wrote:
| > On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 5:20 AM, Felipe Contreras
| > <felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
| >> On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Tim <ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au> 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
It may be common knowledge. It is not reflexive behaviour. People reach for
plain reply by habit. Happens all the time, very common.
Personally I think mail readers should have buttons labelled "Reply" (meaning
reply-to-all) and "Reply only to author" (meaning what the button labelled
"reply" usually mean now).
It is _usually_ better to reply-to-all in ad hoc groups like the above
example, and also better to reply-to-all in one-to-one conversation
(where the buttons mean the same thing).
So I, for one, would advocate going back in time and changing the
"default" reply button's meaning. Then the situation that _drives_ the
common list configuration of the reply-to would not be as prevalent.
Cameron Simpson <cs at zip.com.au> DoD#743
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