[ic] "Reply-To" Munging Considered Harmful

Mike Heins mike at perusion.com
Wed Dec 14 12:42:06 EST 2005

Quoting Sam Batschelet (sam at westbranchresort.com):
> On 12/14/05 11:45 AM, "Mike Heins" <mike at perusion.com> wrote:
> > Quoting Sam Batschelet (sam at westbranchresort.com):
> >> Mike, Kevin, Jon, All,
> >> 
> >>   I just got blasted for having my mailing list setup like Interchanges with
> >> "Reply-To" Munging, and was wondering if you might want to consider this?
> >> 
> >> http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
> >> 
> >> Just a thought
> > 
> > We have been operating this way for seven years with no complaints. As
> > far as I am concerned, the matter is closed; I don't want to discuss it
> > any more; any further discussion will have to go on without me. 8-)
> > 
> > The link you were sent is very, very, outdated -- the author refers
> > to the "elm" mailer, which is ancient and not in use hardly at all
> > (mutt has replaced it almost entirely). Though it is dated 2002, I
> > am guessing it is minor edits.
> > 
> > Some people have a different view of mail lists, and that is fine. But
> > to have them subject others to the religious fervor of their views
> > strikes me as a bit grandiose. If they can't state the "harm" in
> > the first screen of their diatribe, then it isn't that harmful.
> No complaints here Mike I thought it was foolish myself why not have where
> you are sending the message to in the header but I can tell its a touchy
> subject so I will bow out gracefully.  When I read the page I thought that
> to myself as well ok where is the harm part.  But as such a big deal was
> made of it I thought I would forward the link.

I think most mail lists that are older than just a few years have seen
and disposed of this issue the way they will. This list is now approaching
75,000 messages over it's lifetime, and so is pretty experienced. 8-)

As a bit of history, the list was set up to not reply to the list
when I originally put it together. The change to "Reply-To: list"
was by popular demand. 

Mike Heins
Perusion -- Expert Interchange Consulting    http://www.perusion.com/
phone +1.765.647.1295  tollfree 800-949-1889 <mike at perusion.com>

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