I hate the new mail system

Eric Christopherson echristopherson at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 16:06:03 CST 2017

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 3:51 PM, Dave Wade G4UGM via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Rich
> > Alderson via cctalk
> > Sent: 28 February 2017 21:23
> > To: 'General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts'
> > <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> > Subject: I hate the new mail system
> >
> > OK, it's official.  I rarely criticize mail interfaces, because they're
> usually
> > mostly innocuous.  However, today's change makes life a lot more
> difficult.
> >
> > In the past, it was simple to direct a reply to an individual instead of
> to the list
> > because the originator's address was right there in the From: header.  As
> of
> > today, the list address is substituted for that, so that it is impossible
> to
> > respond privately unless you happen to have a bunch of old messages
> > archived and the person to whom you want to respond is someone who has
> > written previously.
> >
> "reply all" seems to put the original sender and the list in the "to:"
> field..

At least in Gmail's web interface, I don't see reply and reply all having
any difference here; they both put both addresses in the To:. I'll have to
check how this works in an IMAP client later.

But I for one welcome our new non-bounce-happy email system! :D

> > Is this a conscious choice, or a configurable with a different default
> setting in
> > a new mail system than was previously in place?  However it came to be,
> it
> > greatly diminishes communications quality (IMAO).
> >
> I suspect its to do with SPF records where domains publish a list of
> servers
> authorised to send mails "from" a certain domain in the DNS.
> Leaving the sender in gets the list server black-listed and the mail will
> be
> bounced by the many servers that check SPF records.

        Eric Christopherson

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