Idea how to leave double-mails out?

Anthony E. Greene
Thu Jun 6 04:03:02 2002

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On 05-Jun-2002/18:03 -0500, David T-G <> wrote:
>I don't know about the sig bit, but the Mail-Followup-To: header tells
>your MUA where you want followup email, as compared to direct reply
>email, to go.  Most folks subscribed to a list would set M-F-T: to the
>list while leaving Reply-To: set to themselves so that a "reply" would go
>to the poster and a "list reply" would go to the mailing list.  That
>sounds about like a "reply all" and some editing.

The M-F-T header was published as a recommendation in 1997 and expired in
1998. It was not included in RFC2822.

It might be a useful header if it was part of the spec and could therefore
become reliably supported by mail clients. But it's not and it isn't.

On a discussion list where the answers to questions are an integral part
of the list's function, setting Reply-To to the list address is entirely
appropriate. I've heard all the arguments and on a list where the majority
of the replies will be intended for the list, the list software should set
the Reply-To.

But I've gotten tired of debating this, so I set my procmail filters to
set a Reply-To for those lists where I think it's appropriate. So I just
use the Reply function of whatever mailer I'm using and the reply goes to
the list, as I almost always intend. On the exceptional occasion when I
want to reply off-list, I copy/paste the author's address. That's the
easiest way to do it and it works more than 90% of the time.

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