[R] Meta: R-Help reply-to

Martin Maechler m@ech|er @end|ng |rom @t@t@m@th@ethz@ch
Thu Dec 17 09:00:52 CET 2020

>>>>> Jeff Newmiller 
>>>>>     on Tue, 15 Dec 2020 10:54:00 -0800 writes:

    > For the record: this is not nearly as cut-and-dried as you
    > imply. The current settings actually make replying
    > off-list rather tricky for some mail clients... I have
    > tried and failed a few times to reply off-list due to
    > this.  The next level of invasiveness is to make it appear
    > that the original author is the list... and having
    > participated in lists that were setup that way in the
    > past, I will vote strongly against such a change.

    > So some mail clients make it too easy to ignore the email
    > headers, and for some reason newbies end up using those
    > mail clients frequently. But making changes to the default
    > list configuration is not necessarily going to solve that
    > problem, so beware of solutions that are worse than the
    > problems they purport to solve.

I agree that to change the so-called 'Reply-To:' mail header  is
not something I'd personally want, nor something I'd like the
R-help mailing list to suddenly change to.

Yes, people using e-mail should know the difference between the
'reply' and the 'reply all' "button" in their e-mail clients.

I Jeff sends an e-mail to me and others, I do know that if I
'reply', I reply to him, and if I "reply all" I reply to him
*and* the others.  This is how e-mail works and has worked forever.

As Jeff mentions -- and as I have experienced myself also
(rarely) -- when mailing lists are configured differently, their
behavior is much more confusing and for many list recipients
it becomes almost impossible to reply to just the poster.

In my view such a change would be quite disruptive particularly
for those who use e-mail regularly in their professional life
and also those who've helped making R-help a valuable resource
by being "R-helpers" as I call them.


    > On December 15, 2020 9:04:56 AM PST, "Patrick (Malone
    > Quantitative)" <malone using malonequantitative.com> wrote:
    >> Ok. If this is a desirable change, of whom would we
    >> request it? I was unable to find a name, and as I said, I
    >> got no response from the generic address.
    >> Pat
    >> On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 11:43 AM Pär Leijonhufvud via
    >> R-help < r-help using r-project.org> wrote:
    >>> Unless I am getting senile that should be an option in
    >>> Mailman...
    >> https://docs.mailman3.org/projects/mailman/en/latest/src/mailman/handlers/docs/reply-to.html
    >>> /Pär
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    >>> -----Original Message----- From: R-help
    >>> <r-help-bounces using r-project.org> On Behalf Of Patrick
    >> (Malone
    >>> Quantitative) Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:52 PM
    >>> To: r-help <r-help using r-project.org> Subject: [R] Meta:
    >>> R-Help reply-to
    >>> Greetings.
    >>> Something I've wondered for some time--is mailman
    >>> configurable to
    >> have a
    >>> default reply-to be set to the list or to reply-all?
    >>> Many newcomers who reply to individual R-Help
    >>> participants may not
    >> notice
    >>> that they are doing so, and it seems a source of
    >>> vexation to some of
    >> the
    >>> more frequent helpers.
    >>> I wrote to r-help-owner with this query several months
    >>> ago and never
    >> heard
    >>> back.
    >>> Pat
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