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Re: Q: List Policy

On 11/22/08 06:15, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:

Actually, to be very blunt: CCing people is absolutely the only way to deal
with massive ammounts of email and very-high-traffic lists when you *care*
about not ignoring email that you should have read.

If you want an example of a CC policy radically different from Debian's,
take a look at the development mailinglists for the Linux kernel and all
related projects.  There, the policy is that you are to *always* CC everyone
that should (or might even remotely need to) get an email, in addition to
sending it to the lists.  Otherwise, the chances that such an email will be
lost in the ocean of stuff, or never reach the right people.

In the end, it boils down to the fact that most people have lame mail
filtering setups that cannot sort delivery mailboxes in the right priority
and do proper destination-based duplicate supression (so that you can get
automated "if it is also destined to a Debian ML, file into the ML folder,
and have any further duplicates supressed), and are not in any hurry to
deploy one.

I thought kernel hackers were uber-geeks. How can they not implement decent mail filtering? If you use Mutt, you take upon yourself the responsibility to set up a server-side filter, and if you use a GUI, then setting up client-side filtering is trivially easy.

(Of course, even if you use a GUI, if you are a geek you should implement fetchmail/getmail, an MTA, a spam filter and procmail or mailfilter and IMAP, so that you can switch MUAs as easily as you switch underwear, or even access your mail from across the LAN or even Internet. But that's a different topic...)

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

If you don't agree with me, you are worse than Hitler!!!

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