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Re: policy around 'wontfix' bug tag

On Mon 05 Feb 2018 at 09:41:20 -0500, The Wanderer wrote:

> On 2018-02-05 at 08:58, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > On 2018-02-05 08:40:27 -0500, The Wanderer wrote:
> > 
> >> On 2018-02-05 at 08:11, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> >>> You should set up a "Mail-Followup-To:" for that. This is
> >>> entirely your problem.
> >> 
> >> That does seem to be the trend and position of the world,
> >> especially in recent years, but I disagree as a matter of
> >> philosophy.
> >> 
> >> A mailing list whose subscribers can post to it is a discussion
> >> forum.
> > 
> > However, for debian-user, non-subscribers can also post. So, for
> > mail without a "Mail-Followup-To:", it may be difficult to do the
> > "right" thing automatically.
> Even for replies to messages posted by non-subscribers, replying back to
> the forum by default is still the right thing to do.

AfAIK. there isn't any way to determine whether a message posted to
-user is from a non-subscriber.
> If the poster wants to receive replies, it is the poster's
> responsibility to do something to cause that to happen. That can take
> the form of subscribing, or of setting mail headers, or of saying
> "please CC me on replies", or simply of reading the replies in an online
> archive or mirror of the mailing list. If the poster does not do such a
> thing, then it should be presumed that the poster does not care about
> receiving replies.

I have a feeling that it's not necessarily because they do not care but
because some users are unfamiliar with the idea of a mailing list and
engagement with it.