[amsat-bb] Re: Email etiquette - was Re: Re: Moon
ka8kpn at brokersys.com
Wed Apr 14 09:40:39 PDT 2010
The last time I set up a mailing list, the list manager was insistent
that I did not want to set the "reply-to" address to the list address,
noting that doing that removed any "reply-to" field that the sender put
in there, which was a loss of important data for those users who put
data in that header field. It also pointed out that it made private
messages harder to do, and gave it a nonzero probability that you would
respond to the group when you intended to respond to the individual.
The configuration pages linked to a newsgroup post somewhere of someone
ranting about the practice and proving that it was the wrong thing to do.
Nevertheless, I selected that option and I will do it again. Because
unless you choose that option, the most efficient way for me to reply to
the group is to do a reply all. (Well, it was. This new version of
Thunderbird has a "reply to group" option. Woot!) At that point, I have
to trim the recipient list in order to send it only to the group, which
is almost always what I'm trying to do. It's a pain, so most of the
time I don't bother.
Since most responses to list messages are intended for the list and not
to the individual who wrote the message you're responding to, not
abusing "reply-to" in that fashion deoptimizes the typical case in order
to be technically correct. That is, in my opinion, a dumb thing to do
in order to preserve the information in the rarely-used reply-to field.
I mention this because this list is set up in the technically correct
way, and I have several times sent messages to individuals when I
intended them to go to the list. That is MY particular annoyance.
On 04/14/2010 07:54 AM, Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF wrote:
> Only 4 lines of sig. The 2 dashes are the delimiter put in by the e-mail client.
> Could be worse. I could put the sig at the top!
> Also bugs me when people dont crop the recipient list.
> On 14-Apr-10 04:39, Steve Meuse wrote:
>> Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF expunged (nigel at ngunn.net):
>>> Top posting is the better option.
>> My favorite annoyance are people who post 1 line of text but have 5 lines of a .sig :)
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