Request to list owner

Steve Litt slitt at
Tue Oct 14 14:35:08 UTC 2014

On Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:33:55 +0200
Moritz Augsburger <ml+dovecot at> wrote:

> On 2014-10-14 10:28, Jorge Bastos wrote:
> > Is it possible to change the reply-to in mailman to be the list,
> > and not the person who replied?
> Every good MUA has a possibility for replying to the list. Also read

The preceding link is the opinion of one guy, and is no discussion
ender. He makes up an ugly sounding characterization "munge", and I
counter with the better sounding characterization "discussionize".

A mailing list is meant to produce a whole greater than the sum of the
parts, not a bunch of people whispering privately in each others' ear,
and therefore the default should go back to the mailing list. I'm soooo
tired of seeing Chip Rosenthal's tired rant about reply-to redirection
quoted as if it's something more than one guy's opinion. 

For me, personally, the point is moot, because from my Claws-Mail on
Debian Wheezy Linux, both Reply to List and Reply send it back to the
list, and I must use Reply to Sender to send to the sender, which is
the exact behavior I find best for a mailing list.

The original poster (OP) was using MS Outlook. Does anyone know how to
"reply to list" in Outlook? If not, does Thunderbird have a "reply to
list"? If so, the OP could switch to Thunderbird.

> > Also the [Dovecot] on the subject would be handy.
> Nope, I disagree. If you need to filter, there is a header for this:
> List-Id: Dovecot Mailing List <>

I've been very pleased with the results ever since I started filtering
mailing lists by List-Id instead of a marker in the subject line. It
keeps everything going to the right mailboxes, even when crossposts are
involved. I use the very versatile procmail for filtering; I'm not sure
the OP's MS Outlook can do that. But, of course, Outlook has much more
serious issues than any of this: I'd recommend the OP use a different
mail client, for the security of his computer.


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