Is this an issue of posting etiquette?
Mon Feb 3 02:02:00 2003
At 030202 13:50 -0500, Shing-Fat Fred Ma wrote:
>I'm finding that I sometimes receive
>email on a thread that is also posted
>to a mailing list or newsgroup. It could
>be a thread I started, or joined afterward.
>The problem is that there is no information
>on the headers that the email is also posted
>to the forum. So my reply is not copied to
>the forum. The thread is broken, and that
>defeats the purpose of the forum.
>Because this is happening alot lately I
>think it might be the default behaviour of
>certain mailing programs (maybe the only
>behaviour?). I don't have any suspect
>programs in mind, but I know that netscape
>doesn't do this by default. Anyone else
>finding this? Would it be OK to clarify
>whether this is proper etiquette in the mailing
>list welcome, and maybe the way to avoid
>this behaviour with some of the more common
Fred, it has nothing to do with posting etiquette, and really not
much to do with which mail clients people are using.
The reason you are seeing that a lot lately is because of the change
in this list, made a couple months ago, to drop the "Reply-To: list"
header. One consequence is that the appropriate reply is now
"Reply-to-all" in order to get the reply to the list - which also has
the unfortunate side effect of posting privately as well, an effect
which may vary a bit depending on which headers are set in the post
to which you reply. [If you notice the headers now, some posts have
vnc-list in the "From:" header, some have it in "To:", and some in
"Cc:". But never, sadly, in "Reply-To:".]
The loss of proper threading, and increased confusion, to which you
refer was predicted by many posters, and I believe understood, before
the change was made. IMHO the list has become a bit poorer -
marginally less useful - for the change. But it has nothing to do
with list etiquette.