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RE: subversion mailing list concerns?!

From: Oliver Betz <list_ob_at_gmx.net>
Date: 2005-12-02 12:17:13 CET

Barnett, Chris <Chris.Barnett@Yum.com> wrote:


> See http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html for the reasons why
> it works the way it does.

I disagree with this rather prejudiced text. Chip Rosenthal seems to
use a "brain-dead mailer" (his words) which is not able to reply
simply to the sender when the Reply-To: is "munged".

If I want to reply to the From: instead of the Reply-To:, I can press
a single key to get the right address (Pegasus Mail). No need for

Remains only the extremly rare case when the Reply-To: and From:
differs for some reason.

So the main problem is not the inconvenience of a mail client, but
the question:

What's worse, and what happens more often - to lose important
information, because replies don't go back to the list (that's often
my problem), or "accidentally sent a private, personal reply" to the
list (that's what happened to him).

His examples of "catastrophic failure modes" are IMHO far-fetched for
many (most?) mailing lists. Or can anybody imagine that "the message
is a complaint about the personal hygiene of sender's boss, or the
sex life of his or her roommate" in this list?

IMO the default behaviour should be to direct replies to the list
unless the list topic causes a risk of sending offending mail.


Oliver Betz, Muenchen
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