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Re: Reply-to list, not author

From: Zach Shepherd <w3@zjs.name>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:16:06 -0500
Message-ID: <96d7f8680801262116s563ec0f7qe22a324d8f76a56e@mail.gmail.com>
To: "David Perrell" <davidp@hpaa.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Comments below.

On Jan 26, 2008 11:45 PM, David Perrell <davidp@hpaa.com> wrote:

> Am I the only one who thinks it would make sense to put a 'Reply-to:'
> field
> in list message headers pointing to the list address?

No offense intended (I certainly see where you're coming from), but quite
possibly. It isn't a terribly common practice in my experience.

> It is far too easy to click 'Reply' and then send to the author and not
> the
> list; or click 'Reply to All' and neglect to edit the 'To:' line, thus
> sending the author two copies of the reply - one via the list and one
> directly.

I can't speak for others (just as you may be the only one with your opinion,
I may be the only one with mine), but I like the flexibility of being able
to hit 'Reply' and send a message to the author directly (this may in fact
be my first message targeted at the whole list) without having to edit the
"To:". As to editing the "To:" to prevent receiving multiple copies, many
(if not most) mail clients will filter the mail, and some will even flag
messages sent directly to an address differently than those sent to lists
(so you know someone was sending a message to you specifically, even though
it also went to the whole list).

> David Perrell
Received on Monday, 28 January 2008 05:35:18 UTC

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