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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Cut of April DVD imminent

From: Dustin Sallings
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Cut of April DVD imminent
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 16:27:35 -0800

On Apr 2, 2004, at 15:36, James Blackwell wrote:

That would be anywhere from 5 to 20 times a day that I would have to add
that header by hand. Frankly it would be easier to set up a procmail
script that /dev/nulls people that habitually cc me and the list.

The simple fact of the matter is that I've got a peeve about people using a private medium to post public messages. As my signature implies, these
messages are unsolicited (otherwise known as spam).

I interpret people sending me a *private* copy of *public* mail as pretty darn rude. What's more, I think some people (I'm not going to name names here) actually do it out of spite. I can actually *feel* them saying "Aha!
Here's a chance to stick it to that bastard"

The problem, though, is that you're posting to a public forum with a Reply-to header that suggests to reply to you privately which takes the discussion off the list. If you consider your original message public enough to send it to the public forum with headers suggesting you want it to become private, that seems a little rude to me.

I'm of the class of people who want the CC. As far as I know, you're the only one who is adamant about being removed from the To header, so it's easy for me to remember when I'm responding to an email.

It's inconvenient, though. You're talking about having to manually add a header 5 to 20 times per day due to a limitation in your reader, but consider what you're asking everyone else to do. Reply goes to you, with a Cc to the list in my mail reader (after all, you sent it). That means I have to remove the to, and then move the Cc to the To to get the desired effect (and I assume other people have to do similar when responding to a message from you). Private responses are easier, but less frequent.

Sometimes I forget, but it's not out of spite. It might save us all some work if you modified (or configured) your reader to send messages that indicate your desired reply behavior so that it's all automatic and nobody has to think about it.

Dustin Sallings

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