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Re: Duplicate messages on this list

On 02-Dec-1997, Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@datasync.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 	No, please don't muck with reply-to. That's evil. And if I
>  hadn't lost my disk, I'd have a handy-dandy url for you. Hmmm. Try 
>  http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html

Which, as we have discussed before on this list, is an incorrect
assesment of the problem as it applies to the debian lists.

        1. We have a policy of no cc:s, but nearly everyone uses them
           because there is no Reply-To: set.
        2. We have information that should be on the list going into
           private email instead (where it is effectively *lost* to all
           other developers).
        3. We have threads jumping from debian-private to debian-devel
           because people accidently add the wrong To: or Cc: header by
           hand after replying to the individual instead of the list.
	   Nothing too confidential has been disclosed yet.
        4. We are penalizing people with low-bandwith or high-cost net
           connections by forcing them to download things multiple times.

On the plus side, in the very occasional situations where a "Reply-To:"
is useful, we don't munge it. This is useful when you want to reply to
someone in person, but their "From:" address doesn't work, or if
you want to move a discussion from one mailing list to another (except
that if people use "group reply" as advocated by that URL, 
it will probably just move it to *both* lists).

I'd like it to be fixed, but it seems that there are a few people who
have strong opinions on the matter, but are not prepared to discuss or
fix the problems it causes.

       Tyson Dowd           # 
                            #         Linux versus Windows is a 
     trd@cs.mu.oz.au        #            Win lose situation.
http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~trd #

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