The point of a mailing list is to disseminate information to a large group of people.
If that means that we get some unintentional emails once in a while so be it.
Many of the threads on mailing lists interest multiple people and so NEEDS to be sent to the list so information is viewed by many, saved, and archived for future needs.
If all replies went to the individual senders, there would be no benefit to the group as a whole.? People wouldn't be able to search the archives for answers and then there would really be an increase in duplicate Q&As.
So if 1 or 2 useless emails get through, IGNORE them and move on or unsubscribe.
On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM, Dennis Slade Jr. <[address removed]>
Stepping outside of Meetup.com for a moment:?For years the message reply policy?for mailing lists?has been done on the group list level. ?The listmod of a group decides whether replies default to "all" or just "sender". ?When set to "all", messages sent out to that list would then be able to have that footer text that you describe (a simple if-then allowing for the text to displayed).
I have been listmod to dozens of groups over the years, and I've always had the option to set either "all" or "sender". ?I've used YahooGroups (which was eGroups back in the day) and various open source list managers for over a decade, and they all have had this option.
Now I've never done listmod for a Meetup.com group, but if?Meetup.com?doesn't allow you to change the reply policy from "all" to "sender" then I find that to be a dazzling miss in terms of functionality. ?"All groups are going to want reply-to-all" seems like a very narrow point-of-view, and I find it wrong simply because of what happened on this list earlier today.
- Dennis Slade
On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM, EddieN <[address removed]>
As far as I know, the default reply policy cannot be changed, since as it says on the bottom of every email from the list "If you hit "REPLY", your message will be sent to everyone on this mailing list". Being a fallible creature, I could of course be wrong on that score.
The thing is, we are all human, and mistakes do happen. Instead of castigating people who unintentionally hit "Reply" and do not change the email address of the recipient, and instead of calling their taste into question, I feel we should be mature enough to let things go, especially when (as in this case) the mistake was so obviously unintentional. As Margaret said, no point in making a bad situation worse.
Eddie, let he who is without sin, etc.
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