Re: Handling email

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 13:59:50 CST

Barbara,
>
> 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.
>
Respectfully, I strongly disagree. You are relatively new to this list.
The archives are very valuable to the group since questions often arise that
have been extensively investigated in past discussions. The archives are a
resource for newcomers to find out what has been said on these topics
previously.

Also, some of us that participated in these discussions don't always
remember what was said. We can go back and check. There are quite a few
brilliant people that have contributed to these discussions and their input
is often well thought out.

Voting-project participants here have dealt with the reply to list default
with no major problems for nearly a year-and-a-half. There have been a very
few cases (several involving me!) that there has been some small problem.
The problem with reply-to-sender default is that people will accidentally
send a message privately when they meant it to go to the list. This also
has implications -- mainly because it wastes peoples time. It's also
confusing. As it is, if someone purposely responds to a list email
privately, this means something. If we go to reply-to-sender default,
participants will get private responses to list messages giving the
impression that the sender wanted to make the message private for some
reason (while they only forgot to change the adressee to list).

This is the *OPEN* Voting Consortium. Openness is valued and expected.
That's why the default is to the list. I don't like private email because
if someone has something important to say, I like to have it in the open so
others can learn.

Alan D.
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