Request: make the ML's default return candidate be the ML

Phillip Koebbe phillip.koebbe at
Sat Nov 26 09:46:52 PST 2011

On Nov 26, 2011, at 11:04 AM, Phil Dobbin wrote:

> On 26/11/11 16:53, "Harald Hanche-Olsen" <hanche at> wrote:
>> I would find it extremely annoying myself. After being on a mailing list for a
>> while, you begin to learn the names of those most likely to write useful
>> posts. Being able to pick them out at a glance without going into each message
>> is quite useful.
> I agree. After a couple of weeks reading a list you soon get to recognise
> the more experienced users & list moderators/contributors & at times any
> list can generate a healthy traffic so not knowing who's sending what
> without opening each individual message can be time-consuming & labourious
> as opposed to just having to either hit the right reply key or set your
> mailer up accordingly.

I was incorrect. Apparently Google Groups just replaces the Reply-To and leaves the From intact. I agree with both of you about being able to see who the knowledgable ones are and that it's nice to pick them out quickly (I do this all the time), but I would still be in favor of the Reply-To being changed. Either way, it is what it is. While there are standards out there for some things, there are not for others. And even when standards exist, they are not always followed. This is just another example of there being many different ways to accomplish something, and if you are involved in multiple communities that take differing approaches to solving a particular problem, then you have to learn to deal with it. Frustrating, but reality.


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