Handling email

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 13:40:43 CST


I think that the combination of the reply-to-all default for all email + a
public archiving of the emails is a disaster waiting to happen.

Most of us do not pay attention when we click on "reply" as to whether it is
going to an individual or a list. In fact, I typically act as if it is to
an individual, and on several occasions I have been irritated to realize
that a private note that I just sent out was broadcast to a list of people.
Fortunately, I have not yet had a disastrous experience, but I know others
who have.

I really dislike lists with the reply-to-all default, especially because
they tend to generate a huge amount of email, most of it of little or not
interest. I don't want to read "me too" or detailed discussions among a few

In fact, I tend to delete most of the emails on this list almost
immediately, because there are too many of them and most are of little

If instead people had to decide to post to the entire list, as I am now
doing, they would be more likely imho to post only items they thought that
everyone would like to read, rather than whatever they happen to type out
quickly - which is what most of us do frequently with email.

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