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Andrew Sackville-West 04-07-2008 11:23 PM

Reply to list (was Closed source software Was [ Hmmm. A question.)
On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 11:04:51AM +1200, Chris Bannister wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 02:54:26PM -0700, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> [..]
> Regarding:
> >
> > yeah, it's tough. It was also a simply avoided mistake. We all make
> > simple mistakes. One that is so simply avoidable should be, IMO. but
> > it's only that, my opinion.
> On one list which I am subscribed to this issue came up and the response
> was that it was only the opinion of who ever wrote it.

oh I agree. But with this list's policy being reply-to-list, it helps
provide background and justification to those that need it.

> The list's code
> of conduct was to send the reply to the sender and CC the list. The
> reasoning being, that a) You didn't need to be subscribed to post and
> hence may not be subscribed. b) The list was for newbies and therefore
> the majority wouldn't even think of saying, "I'm not subscribed so
> please CC me on any replies."
> I wonder how many people who are not subscribed to debian-user are
> aware of *our* code of conduct.
> I personally prefer "reply to list" myself for other reasons, but I
> couldn't fault his logic.

ISTM that all other things being equal, reply-to-munging is a bad
thing. That said, it's rare that all things are equal, and certainly
there are situation where reply-to-munging could be prefereable. I
personally run a (very small) list for some friends who insist on
remaining clueless. So I just implemented reply-to-munging for the 6
of us and it's just easier that way. It doesn't affect me as I use 'L'
by simple muscle memory. (even when I'm replying to non-list mail I
almost always hit L first...).

> So it seems that if you have "reply to list" as the code of conduct then
> the list should be subscription only?

hmmm... interesting point, but in light ofthe fact that debian is
really targeted at slightly more savvy users, I don't think it
flies. Maybe it's self selecting? If you think you're ready for debian
(an ever lowering bar, btw) then you better be ready for simple things
like understanding how lists work... meh. just another



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