OT:administrivia -- a request to reduce duplicate mails

Joshua Layne joshua at willowisp.net
Wed Dec 5 23:07:48 CET 2007

On Wed, 05 Dec 2007 22:57:54 +0100, Lars Hallberg <lah at micropp.se> wrote:
> Joshua Layne skrev:
>> Hi all,
>> I am subscribed to several of the openmoko lists.  When someone copies
>> multiple lists on a message, I get all the copies (usually 3 for some
>> reason).  Worse, when anyone replies to the initial mail, they reply all
>> and I get another full set of mails.
>> I realize that there are valid reasons for crossposting some of the
> content
>> (particularly by core devs).  Could I request the following?
>> Send one email to each list (instead of copying all lists on a single
>> email)
> That's a bad idea for two reasons:
> 1) If the message was appropriate for cross posting, so is the
> discussion. Else we get a fragmented discussion repeating the same
> points in all lists, making thing worse for people reading all lists.

ok, I didn't think that all the way through.  I agree.

> 2) If it is the same mail it is trivial for mail software to detect
> duplicates and remove them. If its different mail the problem get much
> harder to handle technically.

'trivial' might be a tad strong here :)  I, for example, have no idea how
to do this with exim4 - I have no doubt it is possible though.  I'll see
what my brain extender (aka google) turns up.

The first rebuttal was reason enough - I withdraw the 'rfc'.

thanks for the comments.

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