[Mono-list] Anyone else missing reply-to?

Jonathan Pryor jonpryor at vt.edu
Thu May 14 15:32:48 UTC 2015

On May 12, 2015, at 2:43 PM, Maury Markowitz <maury.markowitz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well my mailer does that, and it’s precisely the wrong behaviour IMHO. Maintaining readable threads requires posts to go back to the group, and if they’re doing that, what’s the purpose of sending it directly to the poster who’s going to get a copy anyway?

1. Sometimes you actually want to reply privately. Munging the Reply-To header makes this more difficult.

2. Redundancy. Sometimes the mail server is down or slow. Getting two messages is thus an advantage if you’re waiting for a response, as you’re not waiting on any delays in the listserv software.

3. Filtering and convention: it’s common practice that if you’re in the “To” header, the message is directed at you specifically, and thus a response may be warranted from you specifically, while if you’re in the “Cc” header, you don’t necessarily need to reply (it’s informative).

 - Jon

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