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Re: [css-d] OT: List headers

Sent by Eric A. Meyer on 28 January 2002 09:09

At 21:25 -0800 1/27/02, Lachlan Cannon wrote:

>Can we please have a reply-to: [EMAIL-REMOVED]
>header mr list mum sirs?

    If you mean "please configure the list so replies go to the list 
instead of the original sender," I've had a few requests for this 
already.  The answer is "sorry, but no."  All the high-volume lists 
I've ever seen, and even some low-volume lists, have been configured 
as is css-d.  To my mind, there are two primary reasons why:

   * It makes the sender think about whether or not the response is something
     the whole list needs to see.
   * A much lower chance of personal mail (especially the grumpy kind) being
     accidentally sent to the list instead of the original poster.

I'm sure there are other reasons but I think those are the best ones. 
I sometimes get caught by my own setting, I admit, when I just hit 
"reply" without thinking.  So I have to go back and fix it by 
resending a copy of the message to the list, which reminds me that I 
really shouldn't post when I'm not thinking.
    I understand it can be annoying from time to time, but from a list 
(mumble) point of view, it's better that one person be annoyed by a 
mistake they can easily correct (by resending to the list) than an 
entire list be annoyed by a mistake that can't be corrected, and is 
captured forever in the archives.

Eric A. Meyer (, List Somethingorother
"CSS is much too interesting and elegant to be not taken seriously."
   -- Martina Kosloff
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