[Asterisk-Users] Important: The Asterisk Mailing list(newsubject)

Jon Myers joeshmo at infoblvd.net
Sun Mar 21 18:48:16 MST 2004

The only thing I hate more than not having a proper reply-to on a mailing list (one that replies to the LIST) is the people who havn't been on the net long enough to know how mailing lists work, and their whole function.  Mailing lists are communities.  The primary function is to share procedures, patches, fixes, workarounds, programming knowledge, etc.. with the rest of the community.  Its the rare exception that once in a great while a topic strays off and goes personal/off-list.  This should happen when the community cannot benefit from the discussion, such as a private deal for equipment (which is sometimes frowned upon with lists, but sometimes enjoyed), or some basic hand-holding that goes beyond the scope of the list, and that the rest of the listmembers should know.  (I.E. someone asking how to setup Linux, thus not having anything to do with Asterisk, untill they get to the point where they can install Asterisk).

So, my vote is to keep the "reply-to" as going to the list.
Also, don't hijack subjects.  If you are going to use "reply" insted of post, at least re-write the subject line!

Please direct all flames privately, where they can be properly transfered to /dev/null

- - -   Jon Myers
"Online" since 1985 (I know, not longer than alot of prople, but more than a couple years).

At 07:30 PM 3/21/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>On Fri, 2004-03-19 at 22:23, Darren Nickerson wrote:
>> Folks,
>> I strongly support removing the current reply-to-list setting, and you
>> should too.
>> Like many new list admins, I once thought the reply-to was kewel. Requests
>> to remove it kept coming up, ... usually around the same time someone
>> embarrassed themselves by posting a personal reply/flame to the list.
>> Someone, in frustration, finally pointed me to the following URL:
>>        http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html
>> I saw the light.
>> Please can the list admin step in and end this thread by either:
>>    a) announcing that the reply-to override has been removed
>>    b) announcing their resignation ;-)
>I'm sorry you saw the wrong light. You are peering into a light that
>will anger many more of us to the point of removing ourselves from the
>list as it becomes impossible to filter appropriately.
>Reply to group has a nasty habit of piling up addresses and then people
>who have dropped out of the thread are still getting barraged by
>messages where their address is still a part of it.
>It is bad enough we have users too lame to click on a link to the
>submission url and instead just reply and erase old content, your
>suggestion would just make people more likely to get nailed with
>unrelated content.
>Open source software thrives by efficient and open communications. To
>start suggesting people take useful commentary off list by making it
>less easy to reply to the list only reduces our resources. It also
>starts a lot of private communications and possibly private flame wars.
>If you post embarrassing information, or if your post embarrass you in
>public, maybe they didn't need to be said in the first place.  
>Your aversion to fixing a to line when you take a message off list is
>not worth breaking good mail filtering.
>You can probably blame me for the original switch of the Reply-To
>header. I believe I am the one who requested it soo long ago.
>Steven Critchfield  <critch at basesys.com>
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