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Re: [HACKERS] Adding Reply-To: <listname> to Lists configuration ...

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,"PostgreSQL-development" <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>,pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Adding Reply-To: <listname> to Lists configuration ...
Date: 2004-11-29 07:36:10
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Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> We've done quite well with the current setup, so I don't see a need to 
> tinker with it.  I've always found the Reply-to-enabled lists I'm on to 
> be a more lossy medium.

The basic issue is that the current setup encourages
reply-to-author-and-list, while adding Reply-To encourages
reply-to-list-only (at least when the replier is using one of the mail
clients I'm used to).  Peter correctly notes that reply-to-list-only
creates problems for authors who aren't subscribed.  The other point
that looms large for me is that reply-to-list-only forces every
conversation to occur just at the speed and reliability of the list
'bot.  Without wishing to tread on anyone's toes, it's undeniable that
we have a long history of slow and unreliable forwarding through the PG
list server.  I'd rather have contributors to a thread converse among
themselves, and let the list server catch up when it can.

Personally: if Reply-To is added to the list headers, I can and will
reprogram my mail software to ignore it.  But I doubt that most
contributors to the lists have that option.

			regards, tom lane

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