default reply behaviour (was: curses)

Jean-Luc CHEVILLARD jean-luc.chevillard at UNIV-PARIS-DIDEROT.FR
Sun Feb 27 20:47:32 UTC 2011

Dear Dominik,

I am probably a member of 20 mailing lists
(including many purely Tamil google mailing lists)
(although I read a very tiny fraction of what is posted on them,
but I archive the messages
in order to create linguistic corpora
for possible future reference on Modern Tamil spontaneous usage)
and I see that all of them have "reply to the list" as their behaviour
because that is the normal/standard definition of a mailing list.

Last year, I resisted a suggestion to switch
to the "reply to the sender" behaviour
on the [slow trafic] CTamil list for which I am the owner.

less than 1% of list members do mistakes
on slow trafic mailing lists
(and it seems never to happen on heavy trafic mailing lists)

It seems the choice for you is between
being the owner of a very slow trafic mailing list
and being the owner of a moderately slow trafic mailing list ;-)


-- Jean-Luc

On 27/02/2011 20:18, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> On 26 February 2011 22:18, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan<palaniappa at>wrote:
>> Just now I realized that with the current default reply in the list going
>> to the original poster, the following response I had sent a few days ago did
>> not go to the list.
> Can we review this?  It's a change that was made in the default behaviour of
> the INDOLOGY list, by popular request last year.  It annoys me a lot, but,
> unlike Muammar al-Gaddafi, I'm perfectly willing to abide by the will of the
> majority.
> The problem we were trying to solve was private replies to colleagues on the
> list that inadvertently became public.  Perhaps that is a greater danger
> than the annoyance of posts not going to the list at all.
> How do others feel?  Reply to sender, or reply to list at large?
> Best,
> Dominik
> INDOLOGY committee member

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