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Actually the Reply-To: header is passed along by the list server and thus it is honored. The 
question is, "What happens to posts that lack a Reply-To: header?" I am also unsure whether 
multiple Reply-To: headers are supported by the eMail RFC.

To implement my new procedure I added a Reply-To: address to the unique identity that I use for 
posts to this list. I believe that most mail clients support multiple identities each of which can 
default to a different combination of addressing headers (e.g. To:, CC:, BCC:, From:, and Reply-To: 
). They also generally support a unique signature block for each identity (e.g. my amateur radio 
call sign or an account number at a business does not belong in signatures on this list but may be 
essential in some other eMail I send).

It would be nice if all mailing lists adhered to a common standard in this but "nice" has nothing 
to with the world as it exists. It would eliminate a lot of misaddressed replies. The fact that 
there are so many posts to this list that begin with some variant of, "oops I sent my reply to the 
wrong place," attests to the fact that this list is out of step with many other lists. Those who 
established the current policy had a reason so that's the way it is. I'm grudgingly accepting it.

To the extent that solutions to problems are given, I would like to always see them shared on the 
list. Rants about how LO differs from MSO are indeed a problem. Maybe a list and wiki that are 
dedicated to the philosophy behind the differences between the open (LO, AOO, OOo, etc) and 
proprietary (MSO, KSO, etc.) office suites would take some of the pressure off of this list. (?)


-----Original Message-----
From: yahoo-pier_andreit <>
Sent: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 2:38
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] List-reply issues... again

On 04/28/2014 03:35 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 16:05 27/04/2014 -0700, James E. Lang wrote:
Mailing lists are a way to share comments with a group of people who
share an interest in a particular topic. As such private replies
_should_ be the exception rather than the rule.

It's true that some lists - perhaps most - are for discussion, but not
all. The web site advertises this list thus: "The user support mailing
list address is our main channel for LibreOffice users needing help with
a problem". Users with problems do not necessarily want to engage in a
discussion: they just want help. Nor do list members want to discuss,
perhaps for the umpteenth time, such questions as why LibreOffice is not
a clone of Microsoft Office.

I haven't yet a strong opinion about this :-) :-) :-) :-) , but 
libreoffice-mailing-list could add an advise that say for example "this 
list is considered public and the reply-to field isn't taken into 

Starting with this post, any message that I send to this mailing list
via any of the three mail clients that I use will carry this header:
   Reply-To: "LibreOffice Users List" <

This will tell the mail clients from which replies are sent that this
is the preferred address to which a reply should be sent. This is my
way of getting around what I consider to be a wrong headed
configuration of this mailing list.

Interestingly, the fact that you can do this defeats your point! The
Reply-To: header, in the words of RFC 2822, "indicates the mailbox(es)
to which the *author* of the message suggests that replies be sent" (my
emphasis). The author of a message, of course, is you - not the list.
The header is provided to give *you* this control - and by not
interfering, this list preserves this facility for you as it should.

...could be an option...., but, if I use the email address also for 
other mailing lists what happen if I set the "reply-to" field with all 
the mailing lists addresses???

I ... will NOT participate in a flame war.

No incendiaries here!

only firemans that puts out flames with beer...:-) :-) :-)

Brian Barker

thanx :-) ciao :-)  pier...

P.S. I was sending this email privately instead of publicly again...:-) 
:-) :-) but stopped just in time...:-) :-)

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