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Re: mail-followup-to / mail-copies-to

2005-05-24 17:28:02

Hi Bruce,

On Tue, 24 May 2005, Bruce Lilly wrote:

The Reply-To header field will do what you want.  It is specifically
designed to indicate a list of addresses for responses (RFC 2822):

  When the "Reply-To:" field is present, it
  indicates the mailbox(es) to which the author of the message suggests
  that replies be sent.

So, in your case, setting
 Reply-To: paul(_at_)club(_dot_)ie, ietf-822(_at_)imc(_dot_)org
would have indicated your stated preference.

Hmm, possibly yes.

This has been discussed in detail some months ago on the ietf-822 list.

Ah. would you be able to say roughly when? (or what the subject line may have contained?).

I have read of short descriptions of the problem, eg:

Which refers to the subtle distinction of interpreting Reply-To as the direction for a 'full' reply.

That distinction is possibly far too subtle though. If there is a distinction in how Reply-To should be interpreted between 'reply-all' and 'reply-author' MUA functionality, then for the latter, which of the From or multiple Reply-To mailboxes should a respondent use?

Would you know the answer, or be able to direct me to it?

I'm sceptical the Reply-To approach would work - I think i'll try an experiment and see how it works in practice.

For an older description of the field and its uses, see RFC 822 section
4.4.3, and note that a mailing list is "text message teleconferencing".

Ah, indeed.

Paul Jakma      paul(_at_)clubi(_dot_)ie        paul(_at_)jakma(_dot_)org       
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