Thursday, September 8, 2016

Re: Request about list settings

On Thu, 2016-09-08 at 16:48 -0400, Ben Cotton wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM, Máirín Duffy <> wrote:
> > Would it be fair to request that the default action when hitting reply (not
> > reply all) in an email client for this list be a private email rather than
> > emailing the list? IIRC this is a per-list mailman setting.
> I second the suggestion. It's easier to resend an email that should
> have gone to-list than to unsend an email that should have remained
> private. I wouldn't have guessed Máirín's original message was
> intended to be private had she not said anything, but the next
> accidental reply may not be as fit for public viewing.

Yes please. Fairly much *all* mail clients have two 'reply' options —
one to reply in public, and one to reply in private. Setting the
Reply-To: to go back to the list is a deliberate hijacking of the
user's decision, and it's redundant since if they *want* to reply to
everyone, they *have* a button for that.

FWIW we've fixed Evolution to warn you about this abuse, and give you
an option to *ignore* a Reply-To: header which points back to the list,
if you asked it for a private reply.

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