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Re: [OFF-TOPIC] Mailing List Netiquette

On Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 03:02:39AM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Justin Gallardo wrote:
> > When replying to an email, is it proper to leave the original poster in
> > the To: line of the email, and the CC the list?
>     I am a staunch believer that if one is replying to a post on the list it
> should go to the list only.  Reply-to-all defeats the very purpose of the list
>  which is to provide a single address which in turn broadcasts the message out
> to every /willing/ member of the list.
>     A long discussion on a list (never have those on D-U, nooooooo) where all
> the participants mindlessly slap reply-to-all would see an ever increasing
> number of messages being send from each successive poster to all participants
> in the thread.  In theory if all members of the list were to contribute one
> message to the thread the final poster would be CCing the entire list.
>     Along that same theoretical thread how does one unsubscribe from a CC
> list?  It is completely and utterly unacceptable to CC the OP unless it is
> requested.  Then, and only then, should one CC the OP and noone else in the
> the thread.
>     By the same token I also feel that not all messages should go to the list.
>  I know some people in the past have expressed the notion that all
> communication should go to the list so as to be properly archived for future
> searches.  However I fail to see how emailing someone in a heated discussion
> to point out that they're being a right and true jackass has any usefulness
> for public consumption.  Such missives broadcasted on the list only serve to
> put the individual on the defensive while the same message in private might
> get them to realize what they're doing and calm down.
>     So on your question in general post to the list, don't CC unless
> requested, send private messages when the contents are not beneficial for
> public consumption.

Second that!


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