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RE: Replying to the users of users@subversion.tigris.org

From: Gale, David <David.Gale_at_Hypertherm.com>
Date: 2006-10-30 14:05:49 CET

Tremal Naik wrote:
> Hello,
> Apologise if this message is inappropriate.
> I noticed that simply replying to a message in this mailing list
> doesn't actually send the reply to the subversion mailing list, but
> only to the user who originally posted the message.
> Is this a behaviour that occurs only to me? Or is a custom use of this
> list to hit the "reply all" to send back the responses to the public
> list as well?
> This would be different from all the lists I subscribed before. And it
> requires the user remembers to hit the correct button. Which hardly
> happens if you are used to send/receive many email messages.

Oddly enough, that's the way the list is designed, and mentioning it (or
suggesting that a flag of some sort, say "[SVN-ML]", be added to the
subject line of mailing list e-mails) tends to bring out the people who
clearly think that a) all other mailing lists (which have the list in
the "From" field, and which flag their messages in the subject line) are
broken, because there's no official standard which requires it, and b)
one of the more common mail readers (Outlook/Outlook Express) is broken
because it doesn't give its users access to portions of the message
header which indicate that the messages really are from the mailing
list. And suggesting that changing the way the list operates to conform
more to standard usage, even if not strictly necessary according to
"official" web standards, is frowned upon.

As you may have guessed, I think that this attitude is hopelessly
backwards, unhelpful, and simply annoying. (The vast majority of the
e-mail traffic I get from this list ends up in my spam filter; it'd be
trivial to ask the guy managing the e-mail system to "whitelist" a
specific address, or even a certain string in the subject line, but I
haven't been able to get him to whitelist based on hidden fields in the
message headers. This is a remarkable inconvenience, and has
periodically made me question the worth of being on the list, though I
haven't yet reached the point where it outweighs the periodically useful
information I get from it.) But, unfortunately, those zealots are loud
enough that the maintainers of the list have consistently refused to
change the system.


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