[Novalug] reply etiquette
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Thu Nov 12 12:57:47 EST 2009
I am not sure whether my question to this list generated this topic, or
whether it is a separate topic. Here is The Definitive Reply on the
subject, which is probably going to draw a number of flames.
 Traditionally, MOST MUAs have only two functions, Reply to Sender
(RTS) and Reply To All (RTA). Very Few have Reply To List (RTL).
 Mailing List Exploders, like Mailman, can filter out the To: and CC:
addresses, giving you only One Copy. As Mark (Wink) Smith pointed out,
you get your Direct Copy faster.
 Given the existence of , a RTL function is not necessary. Of
course, not all exploders will do this (not sure if majordomo did), so
other "solutions" were created.
 As more non-technical people enter the Net, the (usually Graphic)
User Interface is simplified; there are less knobs to twiddle. Diect
access to Headers, and the ability to insert and filter them are
generally not available to users anymore.
 The precise set of mail headers and their exact meaning is
confusing, even to a Postmaster such as myself, who has been reading
RFCs for a quarter of a century now.
 Different people and (computer) cultures will look at the framework
and build vastly different systems (for example, M$ people tend to look
at Date When Mail Was Received rather than when it was sent).
 One consequence is that many people will attempt to use Reply-To:
for mailing lists, when I believe (sigh, because of  and generic
ennui, I have not read the Mail RFCs in awhile, so I am guessing here)
that Reply-To: is intended to be the property of the User rather than
the Mailing List.
 To expand on , most people probably use LookOut (possibly the
express version) or Thunderbird, or some version of a Web Mailer.
 In My Opinion, the LUGs (actually, anyone using Mailman) does things
The Right Way.
Jon LaBadie wrote:
> When reading a mailing list, my mail reader, mutt,
> has separate commands that allow me to reply to the
> list only, the poster only, or both. Personally I
> see no reason to reply to both the list and the poster.
> Yet others must, as replies to my postings are regularly
> addressed to both the list and myself.
> Am I alone in the opinion that replying to one or the other
> is most appropriate? What do others feel about the
> practice of replying to both the list and individual?
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