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On 2010-10-19 9:00 AM, James Wilde wrote:

On Oct 19, 2010, at 13:50 , Charles Marcus wrote:

On 2010-10-18 6:27 PM, Barbara Duprey wrote:
Even if the Reply=To were modified, wouldn't the inclusion of the
OP on the messages fall apart as soon as somebody didn't use
Reply All?

The purpose of Reply-To header is to manage how replies are
handled. Reply All is not necessary if the Reply-To header is
correct and you use a standards compliant mail client that doesn't
ignore it.

Unfortunately, Charles, about 99.3% of the general public, or, say, 
87.2% of the people on this list don't have such a mail client.  At 
the moment I'm using Mac Mail, which pulls the sender's name if I 
press Reply, and everybody's name if I press Reply All.  As far as I 
remember Outlook has the same characteristics.  I can't remember
what T-Bird did on Linux and I haven't used pine in a hundred years.

I think this is probably because Reply To is not set in most
clients, and is filled in on sending from the Sender field.

Actually, this is more likely a problem with the current list server
MUNGING the Reply-To headers, qand/or incorrect testing methodology (no

When the Reply-to is not set, then the right thing to do is to reply to
the 'From' header, and if it isn't set, to the envelope sender.

Thunderbird has honored correctly set Reply-To headers for as long as I
can remember, and I'd be very surprised if you are actually right - or
even remotely close - about your estimated numbers.


Best regards,


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