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Re: [tdf-discuss] overall communication guidelines and reply-to mangling


Hi Michael, *,

thanks for describing a scenario, where reply-to mangling hurts..

Am 28.11.2011 17:23 schrieb Michael Meeks:

[..]

      * make it easy for established list users to avoid having to
        think whom they want to reply to, and needing to press
        ctrl-shift-r vs. ctrl-r (or whatever)
or
      * make it easy for new and peripherally involved users to get
        replies to their casual E-mails without doing a long list of
        operations.

or boil it down to: keep it simple (KISS). That does not necessarily
mean: serve each one's habits (which is known *not* to be a simple thing
;o)) ).

The most simple thing is to offer email as the plain information medium
and let the sender and recipient handle the rest.

Since starting this thread my approach is to improve the  way to give
advice, how to do so in a convenient fashion.

"reply-to" is intended a means for the sender to decide where she wants
the answer to be sent. To set it from a central place requires asking
*every* member for approval to not disregard the posters freedom of
choice to do so.

The clean solution for a mailing list then was to provide the choice for
each poster, whether she wants reply-to: $list set for the mails sent to
her. We don't have this possibility for now, but maybe we have some day.
(well, then the question rises whether it continues to be simple) ;o)).

This topic (is|was) causing discussions over discussions because people
try to rise weigth of their annoyance's degree by calling numbers or
argueing about "in general" or "logical" expected behaviour.

My assumption is: it was introduced, because it's a cheap cheat for the
administrator to get rid of grief, kind of "this is not a behaviour I'm
used to" whatever this was wrapped in.

The question now is how to handle that situation. Should we consider to
go the KISS way - not only with this issue but rather with other
decisions within the project as well?

And again: anyone interested in joining to improve the source of advice?


Gruß/regards
Friedrich
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