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Re: policy around 'wontfix' bug tag




On 2018-02-07 13:17:21 +1300, Richard Hector wrote:
> On 07/02/18 02:18, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > On 2018-02-06 14:36:31 +1300, Richard Hector wrote:
> >> The behaviour and policy of this list, when followed, does what I want.
> > 
> > But the other users cannot know what you want if you do not set
> > "Mail-Followup-To:".
> 
> It's not really up to me, is it. If you're replying to my mail, it's
> ultimately up to you to decide whether it's better to send to the list,
> or to me.

The "Mail-Followup-To:" header has no influence on this decision
(reply to the list with optional Cc's or private reply).

It allows the MUA to decide between:
  * send the mail to the list only;
  * send the mail to the list + Cc to you.
Actually, this is even more complex because other participants
of the discussion are also involved in the construction of the
"Mail-Followup-To:" header.

> My client (Thunderbird, at the moment) has a "Reply" button and a
> "Reply List" button, so I can make that choice.

Yes, but this is not what "Mail-Followup-To:". This header concerns
only "Reply List". The goal is that users who wish to be Cc'ed will
automatically be Cc'ed. And in case of a "Reply to all" (I suppose
that your MUA also has such a feature), the users who do not wish
to be Cc'ed will not be Cc'ed.

> What's important is that that choice isn't restricted. If you set
> Mail-Followup-To, you're attempting to make that choice for me (I
> haven't been following who sets what headers, so I'm not sure what
> Thunderbird does with it).

But this is precisely what the users want: "please Cc me in replies",
"please do not Cc me in replies". This is the goal of Mail-Followup-To
to handle this automatically.

> What's also reasonably important is that people don't accidentally send
> a private reply to the list, so any header (whether added by the sender
> or by the list) that causes the replying MUA to do that automatically
> is, IMHO, a mistake.

I repeat: the "Mail-Followup-To:" header has absolutely no influence
on that. A private reply will never consider this header.

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