List manager is performing reply-to munging, which is generally inadvisable


#1

The management software running this list is performing reply-to
munging, and probably should not be doing so.

I noticed because a few minutes ago, I tried to send a friendly,
off-list, notice to someone that he had seemingly sent a message
intended only for colleagues at this place of business to the whole
list. My message bounced back from Sympa because 1) I forgot to address
it from my mailing-list-specific address and my regular address is not a
subscriber to this list, and 2) Sympa is setting the reply-to header to
the list (known as “reply-to munging”), so whether I instruct my MUA to
reply to the list or to reply to the sender of a message, it’s going to
go to the list.

See also:


Phil Mocek
http://mocek.org


#2

Phil Mocek wrote:

My message bounced back from Sympa because 1) I forgot to address
it from my mailing-list-specific address and my regular address is not a
subscriber to this list, and 2) Sympa is setting the reply-to header to
the list (known as “reply-to munging”), so whether I instruct my MUA to
reply to the list or to reply to the sender of a message, it’s going to
go to the list.

Oops. That’s not quite right. #1 isn’t the case. I didn’t forget to
use my list address; I didn’t mean to send my message to the list, but
to the sender, but the reply-to munging sabotaged me. If I wasn’t using
this “one address for mailing lists and another for mailing people
directly” scheme, then my “Hey, it looks like you meant to send a
private message but instead sent it to every subscriber,” message would,
itself, have been sent to every subscriber.

I hope the managers of this list will consider disabling this option.


Phil Mocek
http://mocek.org