|Date: ||Fri, 8 Nov 1996 10:16:47 -0800|
|Sender: ||"SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||"John H. Stewart" <c101jhs@SSSD.NAVY.MIL>|
|Subject: ||Re: "reply to" question|
> This may be a very basic question, and if so, I apologize for
> taking up people's time, but I'm confused about "replying" to
> postings on the list. On the other mailing lists I subscribe to,
> replies to a posting are sent to the mailing list itself. When I
> hit "reply" to a message on the SPSS list, however, the address
> that appears is the originator's, not the mailing list's, and
> indeed, when I look at the "reply to" in the header information on
> the messages, it gives the individual's name only. If that's the
> case, does everyone who posts replies to the list manually type in
> the list address?
You have noted an irritating point with me. This
list is configured with the "reply to:" as going to the originator;
not the list. Most maillists are configured so that the "reply to:"
sents to the list and the list distributes mail to the subscribers.
The "work around" is to "reply all:" and that will send to
originator and cc: addresses. The downside of this is many mailers
don't distinguish between "reply to:" and "reply all:".
> I've wondered about this for a while, but am prompted to ask after
> sending two messages to the list yesterday and getting "personal"
> responses asking, among other things, to unsubscribe the sender.
> Presumably the people just hit "reply", and the messages came to
Just doing a straight "reply to:" does bypass the
list. That means all questions are posted to everyone; however,
answers are only received by the originator. All subscribers do not
benefit from the knowledge available.
> (I also got two messages from "Mail AutoResponder
> <email@example.com", subject line "This is the information
> you wanted", offering me some sort of "business opportunity" for
> $29. I assure you I did not ask for any such info, but
> coincidentally, these two items each arrived about half an hour
> after I'd send messages to the list. Has anyone else received
Those are typical "spamm" messages that are making
the rounds of the Internet. They probably have no connection to
your posting to the list. Your e-mail address was captured and is
on a list for automatic distribution. I receive a few on accasion
to this account. They are more prevelant with aol or other on-line
service accounts. It is a bother; however, "delete" is a mouse
> Can someone enlighten me about the behaviour of "reply to"?
I hope this answers your "reply to:" question!
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