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1. Waaah! No Internet in the dorm yet!

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Well, that sucks. Apparently, the reminder I got in my e-mail is a generic reminder sent to everyone at Graduate House, not a welcome-to-the-Internet sort of thing. Maybe I should volunteer to help maintain the network, if only so that other people will get connected faster. I really, _really_ want to get connected!

I could go to school today, but I don't know if anyone will be in the lab and my ID doesn't open the door to the room with my cubicle yet. Hey, wait, I have access to that other room... Right. If by 8:30, I don't have access yet (and fat chance anything will change between now and then), I'm going to head over to school and Skype from the lab. Mwahahaha.

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2. Where should mailing list replies go?

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John Billings writes:

I'd also like to change it so that when you hit reply the messge goes to the list and not the sender.

Although this is common behavior, there are good reasons to consider keeping the current setting of not overriding Reply-To. This is a fairly religious topic thoroughly covered in the following pages:

Keeping Reply-To intact:

Overriding Reply-To:

(Not that number should indicate anything, but the pages are interesting in themselves.)

Here are the reasons why I think not overriding Reply-To: makes sense for this community.

The Mail-Followup-To: header is often used to redirect a thread to another, more appropriate mailing list. For example, if something on the admin mailing list becomes of general interest, then you could add a Mail-Followup-To: header that automatically redirects replies to that message to, say, the people mailing list. On the other hand, if the admin mailing list overrides Reply-to: and no one distinguishes between Reply and Followup, then people would have to make a conscious effort to post to the right mailing list.

Also, discarding the Reply-To: set by the user loses information and makes it difficult to send off-list replies to people whose originating addresses may not be the same as their preferred address. This is the case when people have multiple e-mail addresses subscribed or recognized so that they can send mail from anywhere, but prefer receiving all their list mail through one account (gmail, for example, so that it can be archived nicely).

Many mailing lists choose to override the Reply-To: in order to accommodate people who don't distinguish between Reply and Follow-Up, but the distinction makes it much easier for people who are used to making conscious decisions to reply on or off list. Your mail client should have a separate command for Follow up, which you can use for replying to mailing lists. I recommend keeping the current setting for NIPL mailing lists.

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