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ADMIN: Response to question about replies

From: Bruce Bergman <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 09:37:54 -0700
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The definitive answer to the thread about list replies is that replies, by default, will go to the list. If your mailer supports it, it will find the original author in two places: the X-Sender: and From: headers. Some mailers can reply to the individual and some can't.

Shortly after the list was started, we took a poll asking if people wanted to change this default behavior, and the response (almost 2:1) was against changing the new behavior. If you stop to think about it, the whole point of mailing lists is to sponsor communication between ALL members, not just one or two. Anyhoo, the vote failed.

Eric Pierce quoted the welcome message for the list, and had some comments, so I'll reply to that below:

> ------------------------------
> From: "Eric D. Pierce" <>
> Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 18:23:33 -0700
> Subject: (fwd) ListGuru: Welcome message for ORACLE-L [MsgId
> Re: the "reply to" issue that has been under discussion.
> The listserv command processor replied to the query:
> > 2) Characteristics of this mailing list
> >
> > Public or private? Public
> > Moderated? No
> > Archived? Yes
> [??? I think the above is incorrect, does anyone know?]

It is correct. The list is public, meaning anyone can join it. It is not moderated, in that no one must approve postings to the list. And it IS archived. Archives are available via E-mail. In a couple months, you'll be able to get the archives off the web too. If you want archives, send a help message to ListGuru with a message body like this:

> > Cross-posting to other lists allowed? No
> [note: the cross-posting not allowed probably means that the listserv
> distribution facility strips out multiple addresses, including "cc:"
> when disributing a post.]

Actually, it means you can't cross-post to OTHER mailing lists at this site. For example, there are nine ODTUG-xyz-L mailing lists carried at, and people will often want to cross-post to several of them at once. This is specifically disallowed because it's a common technique that spammers use to saturate addresses. If you want your message to appear on more than one mailing list at this site, you have to specifically mail it to each.

If anyone has further questions, just shoot me a note! Received on Thu Jun 29 2000 - 11:37:54 CDT

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