Re: Bug#296369: ITP: spin -- Powerfull model checking and softwareverification tool
Glenn Maynard wrote:
My read of RFC-822 says that "Reply-To" represents where replies are to
be sent rather than an arbitrary field for putting identifying
Your name in the From: header is for the benefit of others to identify
you, not for you to put arbitrary metadata in. I don't care what your
u@h is--I've used separate usernames for lists in the past, myself, but
I made sure that the name was reasonable: "Glenn Maynard
(I've stopped doing that, because it backfired: the only effect it had
was that spam spiders picked up all of the variants, and I started
several copies of every spam. Dur.)
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. <snip>
I use OSS for all open source server lists (arbitrary distinction in
this case) and restrict mail accepted for that account to just the
lists. They could be sending junk, unless it is sent through the list I
never see it (yes it violates the doctrine of not losing mail
but I'm ok with that for list addresses)
Since its a problem I'll have a new address set-up for here.
4.4.1. FROM / RESENT-FROM
This field contains the /identity/ of the person(s) who wished
this message to be sent. (snip, my emphasis).
(It seems odd that you describe the 'Reply-to' field, seeing as you
didn't use one).
It is the convention in most mailing-lists, newsgroups, etc. connected
to Free software that you identify yourself by your name, not some
pseudonym or 'handle'. I don't pretend to speak for Debian, but I
haven't seen a single person (apart from yourself :) that doesn't use
their real name on this mailing list. I would therefore surmise that it
is the convention here to use your real name.
No-one minds which email address you use (this is for the computers to
worry about); the objection is that the name you attach to it (the bit
outside the <>s, which is to let humans know who you are) should be your
real name, not the meaningless 'OSS'. At any rate, very few spammers
keep track of the name attached to an email address, so what is the
benefit of using 'OSS'?
If you're worried about keeping your name a secret, bear in mind that
you've let it slip at least one on this list :)