How to get best results from FreeBSD-questions
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Sat Jan 10 04:01:41 PST 2004
On Sat, Jan 10, 2004 at 03:48:12AM -0800, Loren M. Lang wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 09, 2004 at 05:02:01PM -0800, Greg Lehey wrote:
> > 6. Unless there's a good reason to do otherwise, reply to the sender
> > and to FreeBSD-questions. Many people on the FreeBSD-questions
> > are "lurkers": they learn by reading messages sent and replied to
> > by others. If you take a message which is of general interest off
> > the list, you're depriving these people of their information. Be
> > careful with group replies; lots of people send messages with
> > hundreds of CCs. If this is the case, be sure to trim the Cc:
> > lines appropriately.
> Hmmm... seems like I remember this as a big no-no on some other list,
> as it stated that most people who submitted messages were probably also
> subscribed, and it was an irritation to them to see duplicates to all
> the replies. I know I am slightly annoyed when I see that, but only
> slightly. It finished saying that anyone who wanted a personal reply to
> state so, but if they didn't, I'd hate not knowing if they received my
> reply just because I assumed they were subscribed.
FreeBSD-questions is a special case: as it's the most prominently
advertised support contact point, the expectation is that a large
fraction of the participants won't be members of the list. It's also
the case that we want answers to go to the list, as then the list
archives form a kind of knowledge-base whereby people can help
Now that the FreeBSD lists are managed using Mailman, you have the
option not to receive any message to a mailing list where your address
is already listed in the To: or CC: headers. I think it's set to
"Yes" by default.
Personally, I just hit 'g' in mutt.
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks
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