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

2005-05-31 09:13:34

 Paul Jakma <paul(_at_)clubi(_dot_)ie> writes:

On Mon, 30 May 2005, Charles Lindsey wrote:

In <200505271041(_dot_)43706(_dot_)blilly(_at_)erols(_dot_)com> Bruce Lilly 
<blilly(_at_)erols(_dot_)com> writes:

As another, not uncommon, example, consider a message posted to a 
mailing list with a request by the author to send off-list (only) 
responses, to be summarized by the author.  The author could 
easily indicate that with Reply-To, and every response that is 
directed "where the author suggested" will comply with that.  For 
such a mailing list message, your "list context" would send a 
doubly wrong response -- it wouldn't go directly to the author (as 
requested) and would go to the entire list (contrary to the 

Note btw that "list context" isn't my idea, it's simply what a few 
MUAs in the field already /do/. (Indeed, at least one simply ignores 
all cues in the mail being replied to for a "list reply", other than 

The problem isn't so much in 'my' "list context", but in the 
problematic /deployed/ MUA functionality.

That is exactly the sort of situation that MFT is supposed to deal 
with. In the absence of MFT, then using the List-Post address is 
the right thing when "Replying-to-List". But if MFT is present, it 
should override the List-Post. There might even be a 'list' keyword 
in the MFT header to mean reply to List-Post (to be used in 
addition to the sender's address if he want replies both to the 
list and himself).

I'm not sure about MFT, it seems as vague and broad (and hence as 
problematic) as Reply-To is.

Which is why there needs to be a standard to declare exactly what it is
supposed to do and not to do.

It seems to me that supplying information which is as specific and 
indisputably true as possible is better than supplying vague 
"suggestions", which may be too broad in their scope to be able to 
provide . Eg:

"Suggest that Replies go To <a>, <b>, etc.."


"Suggest that Follow-ups go To ...."

Sure. But a proper MFT standard would state clearly who the reply was to
go to (subject to user override) in all the possible combinations of
List-Post fields, MFT fields, Reply-To fields, etc that could arise.

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