Re: CC's of mailing list mail
Ben Pfaff wrote:
> Tyson Richard DOWD <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > I would vastly prefer having the Reply-To set correctly. I was amazed
> > when I read the policy because I knew these lists didn't set their
> > Reply-To, which seemed to be a very simply way of helping enforce
> > the policy.
> > (And just to push the point home, this is the second time I've sent
> > this mail because I forgot to "group-reply" the first time. Murphy's Law
> > no doubt).
> The reply-to *IS* set correctly (i.e., it's not set). Please see
> http://www.unicom.com/FAQ/reply-to-harmful.html for more details.
I just did. The arguments don't really apply to this case, in fact,
some of them are misguided:
- He argues that you can just do a "group-reply". This has
the unwanted (that is, it's against our policies) effect that
it sends CCs to all sorts of people. Most of the article
argues along these lines.
- He argues that the feature people want most in elm is
"reply to the person, ignore the Reply-To", and claims
this is evidence of people not liking Reply-To: set. It could
equally be taken as evidence that people like Reply-To: set
in general, but would like to occasionally override it and
reply to the individual person. In themselves, the feature
requests are neutral.
- The arguments of least harm are reasonable, but doing
a "group-reply" is also potentially dangerous. Imagine
cross-posts between debian-devel, debian-user and
debian-private. You read it in debian-private and then
group reply, not realizing it's a cross-post, accidently
revealing some sensitive information in your reply.
If it wasn't against our policies for CCs, it wouldn't be a problem.
I usually advocate the use of Reply-To:, particularly in technical mailing
lists, because chatter not meant for the list can be easily skipped,
whereas technical discussions that never made it on to the list are
Tyson Dowd #
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