[Haskell-cafe] Re: Re: Reply-To: Header in Mailinglists
nbowler at elliptictech.com
Mon Nov 22 09:37:28 EST 2010
On 2010-11-21 08:24 +0000, Malcolm Wallace wrote:
> If the list were to add a "Reply-To:" header, but only in the case
> where one was not already present, that would seem to me to be ideal.
> (None of the internet polemics against Reply-To that I have seen, have
> considered this modest suggestion.)
This still breaks the reply-to-author feature.
> In the past, I have carefully used the Reply-To header to direct
> responses to a particular mailing list of many (e.g. when cross-
> posting an announcement). Yet because there is a culture of "Reply-
> To: is bad", and most MUAs do not have a "ReplyToList" option, most
> respondents end up pushing "Reply to all", which ignores my setting of
> "Reply-To:", and spams more people than necessary.
MUAs will honour the Reply-To header when using the reply-to-all
function: the problem is that Reply-To does not mean what you think it
means. The header indicates where *you* want to receive replies. So
the reply-to-all function will reply to *you* (by using the value in
Reply-To), and to everyone else by copying the To and Cc lists.
There is another header, Mail-Followup-To, which tells MUAs to also drop
the To and CC lists. I know several posters to this very list use it.
However, it needs to be used with care because it can fragment cross-
list discussions and/or prevent non-subscribers from receiving messages.
Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies (http://www.elliptictech.com/)
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