[MlMt] Reply to all

Bill Cole mmlist-20120120 at billmail.scconsult.com
Wed Aug 29 14:19:23 UTC 2012

On 29 Aug 2012, at 5:01, Benny Kjær Nielsen wrote:

> On 29 Aug 2012, at 10:30, Joachim Tingvold wrote:
>> When people not in the list sends emails to the list, and I hit 
>> "Reply", it only adds the list-address in the "To"-field. The address 
>> of the person who sent the email, is not added.
>> "Preferences -> Composer -> Reply" is set to "reply to all".
>> Shouldn't the original recipient be added, either in the "To"-field, 
>> or in the "CC"-field?
> I'm guessing the message also has a “Reply-To” header. I don't 
> think MailMate has any way to know that the sender of the message is 
> not subscribed to the list. You are welcome to provide the headers of 
> an example message.
> Ideally, the mailing list software should add a “Reply-To” header 
> with both the mailing list address and the senders address (whenever 
> the sender is not subscribed) although I'm not sure that works in all 
> email clients.

There is diverse, longstanding, and widespread disagreement (even 
discord) on the Reply-To manipulation issue among cranky old mail geeks. 
The people leading GNU Mailman development have historically taken the 
stance that list software should not add a Reply-To header and the 
switch to do so which exists in Mailman operates absolutely, as if it is 
intended to demonstrate bad side-effects. There is no nuanced handling 
in Mailman and probably won't ever be.

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