Maillist config (Was: Gentoo Fun)
elb at pidgin.im
Fri Jul 20 02:11:09 EDT 2007
Oliver Schinagl spake unto us the following wisdom:
> Hi, would it be possible to have an extra tag in the subject line for
> this mailling list?
> E.g. [pidgin-devel] <subject>
> all the other kids erm lists are doing it :p
No, that's a Really Bad Idea. We've already been through it once.
Your mailer software should be able to handle mailing lists in a
reasonable fashion without this, and if it cannot, you should be
looking for software which can.
> it just makes it easier to build filters (other then using the 'from' or
> the like) and it makes it easier to see in inbox's aswell.
For reliability, you should be using List-Id or X-Been-There. This is
in fact quite superior to using any of To, Cc, From, or subject
munging, as it captures Bccs and threads which are taken off-list,
both. As far as display, my mailer marks the mailing list just fine
-- please don't ask for other people to adopt broken behavior to make
up for the inadequacies of your software.
> (If it's a user configureable option, why not make it the default choice?)
It's not, and because it's a terrible idea. (The basic premise being,
not munging is always a better choice than munging, and it wastes
subject space to boot.)
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils]. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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