Re: bugs + rant + constructive criticism (long)
>>"Philip" == Philip Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Philip> guess what?
Philip> not everyone uses mutt.
Philip> not everyone should.
Yes. Everyone knows that Gnus is the one true mail user agent.
>> "Reply-to" is meant to send a message back to the person who wrote the
>> first one, not to someone they wrote the message to.
Philip> reply-to is meant to direct where you should send "replies to".
Please quote the RFC you are referring to. I hold that section
4.4.3 of RFC 822 is fairly clear about what the field is intended to
RFC 822: STANDARD FOR THE FORMAT OF ARPA INTERNET TEXT MESSAGES
This field is added by the final transport system that
delivers the message to its recipient. The field is intended
to contain definitive information about the address and route
back to the message's originator.
Note: The "Reply-To" field is added by the originator and
serves to direct replies, whereas the "Return-Path"
field is used to identify a path back to the origina-
4.4. ORIGINATOR FIELDS
The standard allows only a subset of the combinations possi-
ble with the From, Sender, Reply-To, Resent-From, Resent-Sender,
and Resent-Reply-To fields. The limitation is intentional.
4.4.3. REPLY-TO / RESENT-REPLY-TO
This field provides a general mechanism for indicating any
mailbox(es) to which responses are to be sent. Three typical
uses for this feature can be distinguished. In the first
case, the author(s) may not have regular machine-based mail-
boxes and therefore wish(es) to indicate an alternate machine
address. In the second case, an author may wish additional
persons to be made aware of, or responsible for, replies. A
somewhat different use may be of some help to "text message
teleconferencing" groups equipped with automatic distribution
services: include the address of that service in the "Reply-
To" field of all messages submitted to the teleconference;
then participants can "reply" to conference submissions to
guarantee the correct distribution of any submission of their
Note: The "Return-Path" field is added by the mail transport
service, at the time of final deliver. It is intended
to identify a path back to the orginator of the mes-
sage. The "Reply-To" field is added by the message
originator and is intended to direct replies.
RFC: 1036 Standard for Interchange of USENET Messages
The "From" line contains the electronic mailing address of the
person who sent the message, in the Internet syntax.
This line has the same format as "From". If present, mailed replies
to the author should be sent to the name given here. Otherwise,
replies are mailed to the name on the "From" line. (This does not
prevent additional copies from being sent to recipients named by the
replier, or on "To" or "Cc" lines.) The full name may be optionally
given, in parentheses, as in the "From" line.
Philip> And in the case of the debian mailing lists, you should "reply to" the
Not on the internet Iam used to. Out here, we follow
standards, see, and there is this thing called rfc 822 ...
Alimony and bribes will engage a large share of your wealth.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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