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On 2010-10-19 12:43 PM, Jon Hamkins wrote:
Unless the reply should be addressed to someone other than the sender,
the Reply-To shouldn't be set.  Mailing list servers often add a
Reply-To header, so that discussion is directed to the list.

Correct, hence my suggestion to simply tweak the list server software to
add a custom Reply-To header (both list *and* unsubbed OP) for posts
from unsubbed posters.

I have another idea...

Instead of individual list subscriptions, why not create a more
centralized 'user account' based support system, that gives posting
privileges to *all* email lists once you have registered. This system
would have a simple web interface where people can control what lists
they get mail from (checkboxes for each list)?

To say it another way, when they register/create an account, they
basically are subbed-nomail to all lists, and can post to their hearts
content (directly, through nabble/gmane, etc) to any list they want, and
read answers anyway they want (again, through nabble/gmane or via the
archives) - and can switch to the mail version for any list by simply
clicking a checkbox, again, anytime they want.

Ideally, they could also add secondary email addresses to their account
that they could post from.

Combined with more targeted lists (individual lists for each LibO
component) and a good Search page, people would easily be able to find
answers to questions without being flooded with hundreds of messages a day.


Best regards,


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