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Re: A Debian -offtopic mailing list: to be or not to be

On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 06:48:47AM EST, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> On Ma, 01 mar 11, 19:59:25, Chris Jones wrote:

> > > That shouldn't be a problem, the list is setup as close as
> > > possible[1] to debian-user: posting open, no reply-to munging,
> > > etc. so all you would need to do to move a discussion is
> > > reply-to-all and replace d-u with d-OT.
> > 
> > Well, I did just that about two hours ago.. hit ‘g’ reply-to-group,
> > which is the closest to reply-all I could find.. and changed d-u to
> > d-ot.. and all I got was something in my inbox to the effect that my
> > message was undeliverable.. So depending on your mailer, I'm
> > skeptical things are that simple.
> My cristal ball says you have a mutt alias or hook that fills in the
> correct address for you (or something like that), but it doesn't work
> for d-community-offtopic@lists.alioth.debian.org (don't forget the
> 'alioth' part).

I know that Andrei.. and I know how to fix it and make it work.. but do
many people even bother adding [OT] to the subject.. or even as
I usually do myself, have the sense to drop the issue when they feel
they have abused the less tolerant subscribers' patience enough

> > In any case.. even if the above had worked.. it would only have
> > posted my particular post to d-OT.. what about the previous OT
> > messages that were initially posted to D-U and would be essential
> > :-) to anyone catching up understanding what I am talking about..?
> > And how does it guarantee that whoever takes a fancy to the OT
> > thread while reading debian-user would post to debian-OT.. rather
> > than follow the simplest course of action and post to debian-user..?

> And to my initial instructions, you might want to leave d-u in for the 
> *first* post[1], so that people from d-u who are interested know that 
> the discussion was moved[2].

I don't know.. in most cases, you might as well move the conversation
off-list.. and use reply-to-all if there are more than one other party
involved.. Are OT threads of such interest that they should remain
public so others get a chance to join in..? Are they worth archiving in
a public repos for posterity?

> [1] please do set Reply-To: and/or Mail-Followup-to: to
> d-community-offtopic@l.a.d.o in such cases
> [2] one can argue that this is not necessary or even harmful for d-u,
> since people interested in OT discussions would already be subscribed
> to d-OT, but on the other hand it might help to point out to other
> posters in the thread to stop posting to d-u in other sub-threads.

I guess I'll have to give it a try... a bit more seriously this time.


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