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

From: Bob Proulx <bob_at_proulx.com>
Date: 2006-11-03 18:09:08 CET

svn.users@salvisberg.com wrote:
> How about
>
> # ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> # Use [Reply] for private replies, [Reply All] for the list.
> # To unsubscribe, e-mail: users-unsubscribe@subversion.tigris.org
> # For additional commands, e-mail: users-help@subversion.tigris.org

That only covers one item from the guidelines.

  http://subversion.tigris.org/mailing-list-guidelines.html

What about not using HTML? What about telling people to read the
entire thread before responding? What about people who reply to a
posting but change the subjecting incorrectly thinking that it creates
a new message instead of a reply? What about language? What about
character encoding?

> I'm running some lists of my own, and IMHO the inconvenience of a
> busy list cluttered with thank you notes and inadvertantly public
> messages of personal nature far outweighs the possible loss of a
> significant reply. (Notice how the words on the buttons say exactly
> what they mean...)

What buttons? That is a footer. It has text. There are no buttons
there.

Different people's mailers will have different actions to do this.
Some use group followup, some use reply all. It is an individual
mailer thing. Saying reply all most people will know what is needed
even if their mailer says group followup or group reply or whatever.

> The users who tend to make worthy replies, also tend to be able to
> click the right button, and for those of us on the fence, a small
> reminder would definitely be helpful.

You say "click the right button" like that has some meaning here. But
we are talking about text in a footer and there are no buttons there.
Which means that you must be thinking about something in your mailer
that is not generally applicable to others. It certainly won't have
any meaning for me because my mailer (which sucks less than others :-)
only uses the keyboard.

> Different lists have different policies and getting the replies
> right should be a top priority of list management. This one
> additional footer line to remind everyone how this particular list
> works would be a good investment into the overall quality of the
> list and definitely worth the bandwidth, IMHO.

For all of the reasons that you mention I would see Mail-Followup-To:
adopted.

Bob

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