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Re: Replying to the list

From: Mike Taylor <mike@tecc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 14:25:59 GMT
Message-Id: <200202271425.OAA28858@wells.tecc.co.uk>
To: joe.zeeman@TLCdelivers.com
CC: www-zig@w3.org
> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 08:57:37 -0500
> From: "Johan Zeeman" <joe.zeeman@TLCdelivers.com>
> 
> I've now been bitten for the third time in two days by the stupid
> way this list handles replying. (is this new, or is it just me?)
> Can it not be possible for this list to be set up like other lists
> such that clicking the reply button in my mailer sends a reply to
> the list, not to the writer of the message.  The list's assumption
> that replies are not of interest to the generality of list members
> is irritating and offensive.

This is a bit of an Old Chestnut.  There are a lot of reasons why it's
generally Good Behaviour for lists _not_ to set their Reply-To:
address to be the whole list, but leave it as the originator of the
original message.  They are neatly summarised at
	http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
among other places.

> The worst part is that the list appears not even in the "to" part,
> but in the "cc".

Not sure what you mean by this.  In my copy of the message that I'm
currenty replying to, the "To:" line says <www-zig@w3.org> and there
is no "Cc:" line.  Isn't that what you see on messages posted to the
list?

(Of course, if someone mails _you_, and sends a "Cc:" to the list --
as I'm doing now -- then the message with be "To:" you and "Cc:"d to
the list.  That's what you'd want and expect, isn't it?)

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