On Mon October 18 2004 17:43, Hector Santos wrote:
The issue is how the MUA is not designed to expect an "email message" to be
viewed as a "group conferencing" concept.
Many MUAs work fine for lists; if the one you use does not, that's an
implementation issue with that particular MUA.
The natural Reply for an email is to go back to the one person who wrote it.
There are several things wrong with that statement: first, there
may well be multiple authors; that is not uncommon. Second,
there is no such thing as a "natural" reply; there are several
types of automatic responses (RFC 3834) and manual responses
may go to different places depending on the expressed
recommendation of the author(s) and the desires of the person
However, in a list distribution, the "list address" is the new responsible
"person" or "entity" for where a natural reply should go to.
Absolutely not; automatic responses (delivery failures, vacation
messages, etc.) should never go to a mailing list. Depending
on the original message's authors' intent, direct responses to
the author (to be summarized, for example) may be desired. In
other cases, the author(s) may have reason to recommend
some other destination for responses.
In either case, there is only the author's recommendation (if
provided), and a series of protocols describing where responses
should be sent under various circumstances.