[linux-elitists] Avoiding Mailman Duplicates

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Fri Feb 20 11:36:03 PST 2004

Quoting Teh Entar-Nick (nick@teh.entar.net):

> I'm filtering based on whether or not it actually came from a mailing
> list.  The mail the list relays to me will have these list headers,
> and any new lists will appear as I subscribe.  Mail sent directly to
> me via To: or Cc: or Bcc: will appear in my normal spool.
> You already listed the reason why I do not filter based on subject
> lines.  Too many people take conversations off-list without changing
> the list tag to [OFF-LIST] in the subject.  

This actually turns out to be the single biggest gain (of several) I
garnered from filtering (based on the headers you list, _not_ the
subject lines) all mailing list traffic into other mailboxes:  I've
never subsequently been taken by surprise by (and annoyed by) people
departing from public threads into private mail without notice, e.g.,
I complete a long and meticulous reply, only to notice at the last
minute (or just after sending) that I've been drafted without my
knowledge into private tutoring.

At which point, I also can no longer correct the correspondent's
oversight by moving our exchange back to public distribution without
violating netiquette (though publicly posting whatever portion of the
correspondent's private mail I quoted inside my reply) -- an annoying

Fortunately, filtering list mail into a distinctive mailbox renders that
particular chump move (unannounced and unexplained departure into
private mail) instantly visible, so an entire category of technopeasant 
annoyances has been eliminated, in one go.

Cheers,                           "This is Unix.  Stop acting so helpless."
Rick Moen                                               -- D.J. Bernstein

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