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Re: Reply-to option for the list?
- To: DML <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: Reply-to option for the list?
- From: David Marjanovic <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:23:41 +0200
- Authentication-results: msg-ip2.usc.edu; dkim=neutral (message not signed) header.i=none
- In-reply-to: <CACnMvBYRVgbmQKVOSAoiQN6AJPjrSF5xzsPZX9=gRaG+bYfirstname.lastname@example.org>
- References: <CAN=3F1hHiH416SQ3SFVngwkr_HX_+NhCBZG98iHt7B2ThcnyYg@mail.gmail.com> <CACnMvBYRVgbmQKVOSAoiQN6AJPjrSF5xzsPZX9=gRaG+bYemail@example.com>
- Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sender: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu
The current behaviour is correct. See this detailed explanation:
Of all e-mail programs on this planet, that page (written in 2002)
mentions two: Elm and Pine. I didn't even know Elm existed, and Pine is
_so_ last millennium... The vast bulk of people today uses Outlook
Express, Outlook, Thunderbird, or their provider's webmail interface
(Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail...) and has no idea even Pine exists.
Thunderbird does distinguish "reply", "reply to all" and "reply to
list". But "reply to list" is deactivated for DML messages; the DML
isn't recognized as a list. Probably "reply to list" refers to lists of
addresses you've made in your own address book.
The VRTPALEO list has the opposite policy, hence its constant stream
of private emails accidentally sent to the entire list -- sometimes
with professionally embarrassing consequences.
I have the opposite problem. The DML makes up the bulk of my e-mails,
and it's very rare that I need to write an offlist reply to a list
message. Consequently, I'm so used to the procedure of clicking "reply",
removing the sender's address and replacing it by "D" (which
auto-fill-in completes to "DML" as the first of several options) that I
sometimes do that for e-mails that have nothing to do with the DML
whatsoever. The latest case was just 2 days ago.
How common is this? Is it just me?
Use your email program's Reply To All function when you want to
reply to the list.
When you do that, please take the extra step of removing the original
author's address from the To: line. Otherwise you generate twice the
traffic to congest the tubes of the Internet, twice the download time
and twice the download volume -- some people still pay for those things.
Indeed, the use of smartphones has secondarily increased the number of
people who pay for them.