[buug] Test message, apologies...

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Dec 10 01:59:24 PST 2002

Quoting Jerry Asher (jerry-sourceforge at theashergroup.com):

> Since your reply wasn't really salient to the issue, I thought it polite 
> to take the list out of the response.

Suggestion:  When/if you feel a need to go off-list, (1) remove any
list-tag (such as "[buug]") from the subject header.  It wouldn't even
hurt to change it to "[off-list]".  (2) Disclose at the top of your mail 
the fact that you've just gone off-list, and why.

Although there are certainly sometimes reasons to want to go to private
mail, most of us expect that a list thread will continue to be on-list
unless and until two participants _both_ intentionally take it private.
The occasional experience (which didn't occur here, but often does) of
crafting a careful list-thread reply to benefit the public, and then
noticing, just before sending (or after) that the person you're replying
to has already taken you into private mail without saying so, can be
absolutely infuriating.

Anyhow:  Software that, because of proprietary licensing, can be
maintained by the general public only through source patches that never
get regression-tested in combination, is always going to be handicapped
in dealing with technical problems.  When you get tired of being jerked
around in that fashion, try Postfix.

Cheers,                                      "Reality is not optional."
Rick Moen                                             -- Thomas Sowell
rick at linuxmafia.com

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