Re: Duplicate messages on this list
firstname.lastname@example.org (Manoj Srivastava) wrote on 04.12.97 in <email@example.com>:
> Personally, I still think that reply-to is a bad solution; we
That's true. The problem, however, is that better solutions are next to
non-existant - I sure don't consider something that only works for a very
small number of mail clients a "solution". At least not while discussing
how to solve a current problem - it does help when designing new software
> Why do we have a policy about CC's?
Because they are evil. There seems to be fairly broad consensus on that.
> I like CC's; they genrally
> propogate to me faster.
Which easily leads (for me) to actually missing them - because of
duplicate suppression, they do not show up where they are expected (with
the mailing list).
> 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).
I think I do remember it; Lars asked for no CCs on -devel, someone else
asked for please to have CCs, and the resulting discussion (IIRC) had that
Probably people forgot to write it down.
> 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.
Don't break the setup for 90% to cater to 10%. I think you are in the 10%
I do agree that reply-to isn't the optimal solution. Not doing anything is
very suboptimal, as well, though. The DRUMS group (doing updates to RFC
821/822) is trying to find a solution to this, but we're not there yet -
and then software needs to be adapted to the new standards. I don't expect
a serious installed base of anything new before 1999. (It probably will
happen fast, because people like Netscape are involved in DRUMS - I expect
the participants cover a large part of the market.)
One serious CC: problem is that you don't know which of these CC:s are on
the list (so don't need and usually don't want a CC:), and which aren't
(so need a CC: to receive anything at all). Happens all the time with
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