[linux-elitists] Avoiding Mailman Duplicates
Fri Feb 20 00:01:01 PST 2004
Quoting Adam Kessel (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> A frequent elitist complaint is when people (or MUAs) ignore Reply-To:
> headers and send duplicates to you and the list. ("reply all")
Not really. The legitimate purpose of Reply-To is to indicate where
_direct_ replies should go, if not to the sender address. Individual
senders _should_ be able to set reply-to; subsequent software should not
touch that header.
My own MUA doesn't send out "duplicates", because it's list-aware.
Moreover, it signals desired behaviour on any subsequent followups
by appending a Mail-Followup-To header to all of my list posts. It's a
shame when people use mailers unable to cope properly with such
situations, but not for the reason you cite.
> I just recently upgraded mailman on my server, and noticed this
> subscriber option (among many other neato features):
> > Avoid duplicate copies of messages?
Well, at least that's left up to the individual subscriber.
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