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Re: Why doesn't "users" have a "Reply-To" header back to the list?

From: Thomas Harold <tgh_at_tgharold.com>
Date: 2004-08-26 22:47:44 CEST

David Budworth wrote:

> I think the reason for this is most likely due to those highly annoying
> vacation auto-responders.
>
> They generally (if not always) send a message back to whatever is in the
> Reply To header.
>
> The way it's set up now, the vacation message will only go to the sender
> of the message and NOT the entire mailing list.
>
> It's kind of annoying when you forget to 'reply all', but no where near
> as bad as getting a ton of vacation messages every time someone sends a
> message to the list. Not to mention that the list server may go in to
> an infinite mail loop with a badly behaved / formed auto-responders.

People whose mailers generate "out of office" replies to a mailing list
should be automatically unsubscribed. (That's the way a lot of mailing
lists handle that issue.)

Still, I hadn't thought about the "out of office" auto-responses as
being a reason for not using Reply-To. (I'd still prefer to see a
Reply-To header on the mailing list. As an occasional poster, not a
regular, I often forget to check and make the incorrect assumption that
the message will go to the list address.)

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