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

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Thu Nov 23 10:43:37 EST 2006

Roy Chaudhuri wrote:
>> 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.
> We did this on our mailing list, and found it to be problematic if the 
> messages still appear to come from an individual rather than the list- 
> people may not realise they are replying to the whole list. This can 
> lead to all sorts of issues- my boss and a collaborator once had a 
> discussion (fortunately nothing too sensitive) that was accidentally 
> copied to everyone in their field. The alternative is to overwrite the 
> from: field as well as reply-to:, but then you rely on people having 
> suitably informative signatures should anyone want to contact them 
> off-list, and it makes the archives less useful.
> See also this:
> http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html

I tend to agree here.  I have seen some pretty significant accidents due 
to this feature.  I think less harm is done by simply putting the thread 
back on list, if appropriate, if the sender happens to send to the 
original sender and not the entire list. 


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