[OS X TeX] Lobbying for Reply-To as it used to be

Adrian Heathcote adrian.heathcote at philosophy.usyd.edu.au
Mon Mar 22 06:59:31 EST 2004

Seconded. At the time the change was proposed an argument was put 
forward that the new way was the ``right'' way. I considered responding 
at the time that I could see nothing right about it. The genuinely 
right way is to do what the whole list finds convenient---there just is 
no higher standard for rightness here. The convention had been 
established that a reply was by default a response to the list---not an 
individual. The new way is positively inconvenient, and means making a 
lot of changes in the To and Cc fields if one is trying to prevent the 
original poster getting it twice.

Please---can we go back to the old way?

Adrian Heathcote

On 22/03/2004, at 10:29 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> A few weeks ago the Reply-To field for this list was changed, from the 
> whole list to the original poster. This was done, I think, after 
> people complained the original behaviour violated common list 
> etiquette. In particular, because of this, it might happen that 
> replies intended for the original poster only were sent to the whole 
> list, creating discomfort and embarassment.
> I would like to lobby for a return to the original behaviour. It seems 
> to me that the default way of proceeding, when replying to a list 
> message, is to reply to the whole list, not the original poster. After 
> all, messages to a list are supposed to be in everybody's interest, 
> and similarly for the reply and ensuing thread. It is only in specific 
> circumstances that one may want to reply to the original poster only, 
> I think.
> At the time of the change I thought I would adapt easily to the new 
> behaviour and said nothing, but now after a few weeks I'm still 
> finding this new behaviour inconvenient and illogical. Often I reply 
> to one person when I think I've replied the whole list; judging by 
> some messages I receive, I guess I'm not the only one.
> Bruno Voisin
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