Sorry... Re: And please use a emailclients with working "Reference" Re: gmail users CC'ing
richard.bennett at skynet.be
Tue Feb 13 15:56:40 CET 2007
On Tuesday 13 February 2007 15:28, hank williams wrote:
> Again, out of 15 lists, this only happens for me on the openmoko list.
> Now I have read that some consider this a feature. And perhaps there
> are benefits I don't understand. but with 25-50% of the tech mailing
> list readers using gmail, having a list "feature" that causes this
> kind of a problem should probably be reconsidered. I do not believe
> this is something that can be worked around in gmail other than by
> manually fixing every send to this list (which I do).
> I would ask the openmoko team to consider fixing the mailing list
> parameters in order to fix this problem.
It's called 'reply-to munging', and it is as contentious as 'gnu-linux or
linux', 'Allow proprietary binaries or only OS code', and many other things.
Here's the details:
Basically all good email clients support mailinglists that abide by the
protocols, with notable exception of Outlook and Gmail.
So many list managers allow 'reply-to munging' to make life easier on those
users, while all other users have to cope with the broken protocol as best
they can, which they usually do pretty well.
Sourceforge mailinglists especially push admins not to allow reply-to munging,
to encourage to email software to support the protocol correctly, but I have
seen many a sourceforge list dwindle to a trickle, because replies were not
arriving at the list anymore, only to the original poster.
It is difficult to promote working to standards, and then setup your email
list in an non standard fashion, but in the same way we support MP3 as well
as OGG, it might be better to be pragmatic about this issue, and allow
reply-to munging, in the spirit of making the list as accessible and
enjoyable to all its users, and to restrict arguments to important topics,
not petty list issues.
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