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Re: E-mail suggestion



In re: dinosaur mailing list

Douglas E. Goudie suggests that the Reply-to: field be set to the list
instead of to the authors of messages.  I'm perfectly willing to do
this if people desire it.  The last time this subject came up, though,
very few people cared enough to respond, and those that did were more
or less evenly divided.

My rationale for leaving things as they are is that right now you have
to *think* before you send a message to the entire list.  Since
currently a message sent to dinosaur goes out to 416 e-mail addresses,
that seems like a good safeguard.  Of equal importance is that when
reply-to is set to the list, it's difficult to send mail to original
authors only.

Furthermore, Douglas' complaint:

>1) Unless the author specifically writes a person's name in a greeting of 
>some sort, it is impossible to tell if the e-mail was personal 
>correspondence or a general message sent to the listserv and then 
>distributed to everyone on the list. Knowing the difference can be useful.

is mail-reader specific.  I have the lines:

Errors-To: rowe@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu
Reply-To: xxxxx@xxxxxx.xxxx.xxxx.xxx
Originator: dinosaur@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu
Sender: dinosaur@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu
Precedence: bulk

(as well as a few other indicators) at the top of every message I
receive via the dinosaur list.

I recommend that if you feel strongly one way or the other, send
e-mail to me directly (i.e. respond to this message).  I'll tally
votes and act accordingly.

Mickey Rowe     (rowe@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu)