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Hi :)

re: top vs bottom posting

Many people using this mailing list are likely to be unfamiliar with
various notions that are in common usage on other mailing lists.
Hopefully this mailing list responds to people in ways they are
familiar with but at the same time prepares them for other

Many office workers have no idea that bottom posting sometimes happens
until after they have been (possibly) rudely "told off" on some other
mailing list.  On this list people use all 3 methods so that new users
become aware that top-posters are often responding to something that
was bottom posted.  So we do it gently.

Oddly it seems that most other mailing lists for LibreOffice seem to
use top-posting almost exclusively whereas many other Open Source
projects bottom-post.  LibreOffice is one of the gateway projects into
the world of Open Source so it makes sense to guide people gently.

re: "Reply to all"

Again it's something that almost all new users are unlikely to have
used before.  Quite a few of us keep grumbling about it but in many
cases that is more about making people aware of something that other
mailing-lists take for granted.  It makes people more comfortable
about admitting to making mistakes when they realise that many others
do too, especially when it's obviously quite sophisticated users that
also make the same blunder.

Some of us keep making the same blunder or get annoyed by others doing
things differently.  Hopefully most of us have learned to be a bit
more forgiving of ourselves and of others.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 3 February 2014 13:41, Florian Effenberger
<> wrote:
Hi James,

James E Lang wrote on 2014-01-31 21:12:

I also think most mailing lists encourage replies to the list by inserting
a "Reply-To" header designating the list as the preferred reply address.
This lets all on the list to learn from most responses. It also guides
people on the list regarding which queries still need a response.

we had quite a large discussion on that topic a while ago, with advantages
and disadvantages for both settings (so called "reply-to mangling"). We have
in the end agreed to use the setting as it is now.

Sorry if that causes inconveniences for you, but there's close to little we
can do to make everyone happy.


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