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

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Mon Mar 22 16:28:38 EST 2004

On Mar 22, 2004, at 4:07 PM, Michael S. Hanson wrote:

> On Mar 22, 2004, at 3:34 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
>> Eek! This has certainly generated some interesting discussion. As the 
>> person who "maintains" this list, I am perfectly happy to set it up 
>> either way....
> [snip]
>> Instead, I will do the following (I may be sorry for doing this).  
>> Send an email message to me....
> 	Most likely!  ;)
> 	Although I am guilty of having spoken out strongly on one side, this 
> seems to be an issue that ought to have a technological solution -- 
> namely, the preference for whether replies default to the list or the 
> sender ought to be able to be set on a individual basis for *each 
> subscriber*.  I have no idea what is involved to have the mailing list 
> software manage these preferences, but I can think of a "poor man's 
> solution:"  have two lists, each with distinct "Reply-to" headers to 
> accommodate either view.  Subscribe to your preference.  Anything 
> posted to one obviously would have to automatically appear on the 
> other for this approach to be an actual solution.
> 	No doubt the technical details are substantially more involved than I 
> could conceive -- some clever filtering would be necessary to prevent 
> infinite recursion of messages being bounced between lists -- but I 
> fail to see why such a general approach that empowers the subscriber 
> (not necessarily involving two separate lists) could not be feasible.
> 	In its absence I forecast this "discussion" will reappear at least 
> once a year as some relatively new (or cranky old) subscriber 
> advocates publicly for the other way.
>                                         -- Mike
> P.S. I debated whether to send this message only to Gary or the list.  
> In the end I chose the latter, in the hope that someone else might 
> have experience with a more flexible mailing list setup and be able to 
> provide some useful input.

I like your idea, but I have NO idea how to implement it. I am 
currently using LetterRip for the mailing list because it is easy to 
set up and configure. I plan on learning Mailman some time in the 
future, but I don't even think Mailman can do what you suggest (someone 
please correct me if I am wrong).

-- Gary

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