Friday, September 9, 2016

Re: Request about list settings

On Fri, 2016-09-09 at 10:19 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 08, 2016 at 04:42:31PM -0400, 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'd prefer it not to, because I'd prefer discussion to stay transparent
> and open and not drift off into private threads. (We do have a separate
> list for private council topics, and try to use it rarely.) If
> consensus is to change it, though, I'll follow what people generally
> prefer.

Máirín wasn't asking for discussion to drift off into private threads¹.

AFAICT, all she was asking was that you stop hijacking her mail client
and making it do something other than what she asks it to.

Her mail client, like fairly much *all* mail clients, has one option
for a private reply and another for a public reply.

Users press the button they want, according to how they want to reply.

But on *this* list, they both do the same thing². 

Which means that when Máirín hit the 'private reply' button in her mail
client, it was subverted to send her response in public, which she did
not intend.


¹ My interpretation, of course. I do not presume to speak for Máirín.
² And we wonder why some users get confused and don't always press the
  correct button... :)

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