[Bioperl-l] Changing default reply-to on this list

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at gmx.net
Tue Nov 21 14:46:45 EST 2006

I don't think that's a good idea. First, it is really hard to reply  
to someone off-list that way. Second, it is especially annoying given  
that reply-to-poster is generally considered best-practice and so  
therefore almost all lists reply off-list if you just hit reply.

In fact I had this set to reply-to-list on one of our (NESCent's) own  
listserves to help the less computer-savvy but it was so annoying  
that I set it back to reply-to-sender within days.

Compared to that, hitting the delete key on the duplicate takes about  
0.2 seconds for me and hasn't bothered me much ever.

Bottom line is, if you suggest people to change their habits then it  
is close impossible if it is only a single place that likes to do it  
the other way.


On Nov 21, 2006, at 12:45 PM, Sendu Bala wrote:

> Hi,
> I'd like to propose changing the default reply-to for posts on this  
> list
>> from the current 'reply to the poster' to 'reply to the mailing  
>> list'.
> That way people can just hit 'reply' instead of 'reply to all' in  
> order
> to get a reply back to the list.
> If people then changed the current habit of 'reply to all' to just
> 'reply' it would avoid people being replied to getting multiple copies
> of the reply - one direct, a second from the mailing list.
> Cheers,
> Sendu.
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