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RE: smtp crap

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: smtp crap
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 23:17:35 -0700

> > Why does emacs _keep_ asking me if I want to "Set up Emacs 
> > for sending SMTP mail"?!  I kept answer "n" to this question
> I can't reproduce this.  The first time I answer "n", it customizes
> send-mail-function and saves that variable to the init file.  This
> should prevent the question from recurring.  Could you try to 
> figure out what's causing that to fail?

Even if it works flawlessly, this "feature" should _not_ be the default.

In particular, it is ridiculous that a user trying to send a simple bug report
with `emacs -Q' has to run through the extra hurdle of this inane, possibly
confusing, and error-prone dialog ("yes"; edit the `From' line; "n").  I cannot
believe this silliness has gone on this long already.

Nowadays especially, users already have email configured on whatever devices
they use.  They don't need Emacs asking them to help it out by configuring email
- ever.  Emacs does not need that by default, and neither do its users.  This is
akin to a spam popup - just annoying and uninvited.

If a user really wants or needs to configure Emacs for email, s?he can figure
out how to do that - that's what the doc should be for.  Let users go looking
for how to do it before you start asking them whether they really want to do it.

Why are we going backward, not forward?  Why is it suddenly important for every
user to be interrogated (even once!) about configuring email for Emacs?  (How
did we get by all these years without this annoyance?)

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