Is this an issue of posting etiquette?
Mon Feb 3 13:57:01 2003
At 20:12 +1100 030203, arkenstone wrote:
>I'll have to agree with all of this, specifically what John Kaufmann said.
>It's quite often more difficult to follow a thread on this list, due to the
>whole reply-to header.
>As i only joined the list in the last month or so, would anyone be able to
>enlighten me as to why this change was made?
The majordomo that is used to administer the list was not able to
prevent "reply-to" loops from dumb autoresponders. Sometimes people
would set their mail clients to respond with "I will be out of the
office until ..." - which would then loop through the list, sometimes
even with the same mail client responding to its own autoresponse <!>
- and the whole list would get the whole autoresponding loop.
Wez felt that dropping the "Reply-To:" header would stop those
conspiracies of dumb mail clients and dumb majordomo - and it has at
least done that. Other lists are able to use "Reply-To:" to maintain
threading without having to yield to dumb autoresponders, but I can't
fault Wez, who already has a full plate, for not researching the