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Debasish Ray Chawdhuri debasish.raychawdhuri at
Wed Oct 10 16:26:48 PDT 2012

Since the question was asked on the mailing list, other people
following the mailing list should get the answers. There is no
hide-and-seek here. Most of the time you should not contact the sender
directly. Just in case you do (for whatever weird reason, is it too
bad to be shared?), you can still copy address of the sender.

You may be thinking of the mailing list as some kind of help forum,
where you are the expert and and resolve people's problems, so you
give an answer only to them. But that should not be the intention of
the list. It is more made for a community discussion. When you give an
answer, other people should be able to see that answer and ask more
questions or possibly challenge your answer. This is how a community
should work.

Why do you want to deal with individuals?

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:56 AM, Jim Graham <james.graham at> wrote:
> Indeed I prefer it this way as I don't always want to burden the list with
> my replies.
> This list gives the option, but "Reply-To-List" lists don't have any
> convenient way to reply to just the sender...
>                         ...jim
> On 10/10/12 12:06 PM, Tom Eugelink wrote:
>>>> <sidebar>
>>>> ps. why doesn't the list set the mailing list as the reply to?
>>> Grrr. ;-)
>> In Thunderbird I have a "reply" and "reply list" button, only for these
>> mailinglist emails.
>> Tom

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