[svlug] Fw: MICROSOFT ACQUIRES LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM
nick at zork.net
Mon Nov 9 02:24:13 PST 1998
On Mon, Nov 09, 1998 at 02:25:17AM -0800, Javilk wrote:
> > I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation as to why is it
> > that I get replies to my messages, before I even receive my
> > messages as they're posted to the list...??
> Yes, because of the non-usual way this list is set up, the list
> does not change the TO addresses, you have to do a GROUP reply to
> hit the list in addition to the person posting. If you engage in any
> reply to a reply, you will be named at least once in the headers,
> and your system will thus put your text right back into your own
Hmm. I don't think I'm subscribed to a single list that
rewrites headers. The only header that could possibly be rewritten is
Reply-To, and I used to deliberately have my own Reply-To address.
I'd hate to think that someone would have been unable to get to my
personal mailbox because a mailing list had rewritten my headers. It
seems awfully fascist of a list to rewrite someone's mail headers.
> This prevents the problem of leaving the list off the reply, thus
> inadvertently depriving the rest of the list of rebuttals, and
> making the original authors mad when they accidently don't send
> their defense back to the list, or are suckered into writing a long
> defense, only to find their opponent dropped the list from their
Well, I use procmail to sort all list traffic into a separate
folder. It seems awfully fascist to force people to post publically.
> In the long run, it cuts down on list traffic and debates, both
> good and bad.
I don't think so. Everyone on this list seems to understand
how it works.
> Personally, I prefer lists that insure the reply-to address is
> the list; as it seems, do most list managers and most members of
> most lists.
You say "most lists", and yet I am not subscribed to a single
list that rewrites headers that I deliberately put in there. Perhaps
this is purely your experience.
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