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Bug#434149: Should maintainers receive copies of their own BTS mails?

On Sun, 22 Jul 2007, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Thanks for giving me the best proof that my request is valid: I have
> not received this email. The reply you sent only went to a single
> mailbox: the maintainer's. I had to go to the web interface to see
> it.

If you're interested in the discussion around this bug, you should
subscribe to it.

> You can't expect people to subscribe to a bug they are interested
> in.

I think I've just done that, actually. You may disagree with the
reasonableness of my expectations, but it's kind of silly to disagree
with my ability to have them.

> Bug reporters don't use the control@b.d.o address, they just send
> emails to bugs they are interested in. I don't even know what is the
> command to subscribe to the bug,

If you're not interested in learning how to subscribe to a bug (skip
the next line now, because it's sending a message to
434149-subscribe@bugs.debian.org) then you're going to be rather
unhappy, because I'm not going to make sending a message to all people
who have ever sent a message to a bug the default.

> and I don't want to use it anyway because it has no functional
> justification.

Its functional justification is that it handles determining who wants
to receive messages related to a bug far better than anything I'm
going to be willing to write in the near future.

> When several people notice the same bug, it is often that they all
> write to the same bug after it being open, thanks to reportbug.
> Then, instead of blindly replying to the last email, I have to skim
> through all emails I have received on this topic to make up a list
> of recipients. This is all but efficient.

You shouldn't ever bother to do this. Just send messages to the bug

I'm open to adding a header to messages so that you can easily
indicate your desire to be subscribed to a bug, and I probably will do
that as soon as it's possible to get the subcription information off
of l.d.o.

Don Armstrong

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