[ALUG] Cheap HP server OS free

Wayne Stallwood ALUGlist at digimatic.co.uk
Fri Jul 25 18:12:14 BST 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-25 at 15:13 +0100, James Freer wrote:
> Wayne
> Thanks for replying. I did mean to send it to the list. It seems that
> one has got to enter TO: main address each email to this group. When
> one just does REPLY it goes direct to the sender - that's what i did
> this time. I don't know why it should be this way on this group as
> others like yahoo all go straight to the list... that's the way it
> should work.

To be honest that behaviour is more down to your mail client than the
list, and looking at your headers you aren't using a mail client but
google's webmail interface. A lot of mail clients have a reply to list
button that reads the header in the mail from the list which announces
it as a list and provides the correct reply address, others allow you to
set a default reply address for a folder and then have a rule drop the
alug mails into this folder. Unfortunately I think most webmail (inc
google) lacks this functionality.

The reason it is done this way is to preserve the reply-to header rather
than rewriting it, this is considered the "correct" behaviour but
unfortunately not all mail clients support it. Hence things like yahoo
groups do it the "technically wrong" way and rewrite the reply-to header
to be the list address.

It has been a matter of debate on the list several times and comes up
for discussion once in a while. But the general consensus each time is
to leave it the correct way and deal with it at the client end. 

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