Re: Duplicate messages on this list
Personally, I still think that reply-to is a bad solution; we
are just pandering to broken software (decent software, like gnus,
allows on to set mailing list parameters [look for to-address] such
that group replies go only to the list). Or else one can just delete
When I hit the reply button, I want to talk to the author. Not
to the list. If someone wants a reply sent to a different address, I
want my reply to go to the place they have set. Why are you breaking
that? To cater to broken software?
If I choose to send a message to a person personally, I do not
want Debian to hijack that message.
Why do we have a policy about CC's? I like CC's; they genrally
propogate to me faster. Where is this policy stated? (I just looked
into debian-policy, and /usr/doc/debian/mailing-list.txt, with no
success). If indeed there is such a policy, it has been hidden quite
succesfully. (I certainly don't remember this being ratified).
The people with sad mail software and lazy fingers are
penalizing the people with low bandwidth. Don't break conforming
software to cater to broken software.
Any vacuum cleaner would sooner take the nap off a rug than remove
white threads from a dark rug.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
Key C7261095 fingerprint = CB D9 F4 12 68 07 E4 05 CC 2D 27 12 1D F5 E8 6E
The group parameters store information local to a particular group:
If the group parameter list contains an element that looks like
`(to-address . "email@example.com")', that address will be used by
the backend when doing followups and posts. This is primarily
useful in mail groups that represent closed mailing lists--mailing
lists where it's expected that everybody that writes to the
mailing list is subscribed to it. Since using this parameter
ensures that the mail only goes to the mailing list itself, it
means that members won't receive two copies of your followups.
Using `to-address' will actually work whether the group is foreign
or not. Let's say there's a group on the server that is called
`fa.4ad-l'. This is a real newsgroup, but the server has gotten
the articles from a mail-to-news gateway. Posting directly to this
group is therefore impossible--you have to send mail to the mailing
list address instead.
If the group parameter list has an element that looks like
`(to-list . "firstname.lastname@example.org")', that address will be used when
doing a `a' in that group. It is totally ignored when doing a
followup--except that if it is present in a news group, you'll get
mail group semantics when doing `f'.
If you do an `a' command in a mail group and you don't have a
`to-list' group parameter, one will be added automatically upon
sending the message.
Elements like `(broken-reply-to . t)' signals that `Reply-To'
headers in this group are to be ignored. This can be useful if
you're reading a mailing list group where the listserv has inserted
`Reply-To' headers that point back to the listserv itself. This is
broken behavior. So there!
When unsubscribing from a mailing list you should never send the
unsubscription notice to the mailing list itself. Instead, you'd
send messages to the administrative address. This parameter
allows you to put the admin address somewhere convenient.
TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS MAILING LIST: e-mail the word "unsubscribe" to
Trouble? e-mail to email@example.com .