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Re: [PATCH] Mailman solution to Cc:s to users on mailing lists

On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 12:41:30AM +0900, Ben Gertzfield wrote:
> >>>>> "Roland" == Roland Mas <lolando@debian.org> writes:

>     Ben> 1) If the user is on multiple mailing lists that are all in
>     Ben> the To:/Cc:/etc. fields, they will only get one list copy.

>     Roland>   Which means they will have holes in all but one
>     Roland> mailing-list.

> "Holes"?  What's a hole in a mailing list?

Think threading.  What happens if you try to dedupe in this fashion you
wind up with the thread scattered randomly through folders depending on
which mail hit the server first.  This makes it much harder to follow.

>     Roland>   Which means he will see it in his personal folder [...]

> There's no possible way a mailing list can control where the mail in
> the To: or Cc: fields goes.  All we can do is try our best not to send
> extra duplicates.  We can't get rid of things that are already sent
> directly to you; if you're mentioned in the To field, wouldn't you
> WANT it in your personal folder?

The major problem is that people don't want to be in the To: field and
would much rather not get a direct copy at all yet people still persist
on sending the dammn things (and often don't even trim the Cc: list
unless requested to no matter how great the thread drift).

As you say, there's nothing the list server can do about this.

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream - or a fever."

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