Re: Handling email

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 15:11:31 CST

"Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
|> 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.

I don't think Barbara is arguing against the archives. Just to change
the Reply-To: header that is generated when messages are sent to the
list. As I read her, any messages that *were* sent to the list would
still be archived.

Exactly what difference it makes depends on each reader's MUA. But in
many of them, pressing a "Reply" button will send something only to the
address(s) listed in the Reply-To: header. But pressing "Reply All"
will send to the people in the From: and/or CC: headers as well (which
would include the list).

In any case, any subscriber could take specific steps to make sure a
given note *did* go to the list, assuming Barbara's change. E.g. use a
configured alias like "OVC", or fill in from an address book.

My mild preference is still to leave things as they are. But I would
not care very much if things were changed to the way Barbara wants. In
my own case, I'm pretty careful about checking the headers of every
message I send, to make sure it goes to all and only the places I want
it to. Not that I'm perfect, of course--on several occasions I've
forgotten to change the From: header to the one I subscribe to the list
under, for example. But the point is, every email user *does* have
control over what their headers say (even those poor souls who use
Windows-based MUAs).

Yours, David...
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