[OSRS-PROJ] Horrors of --- Krovak projection

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Feb 17 13:13:58 EST 2003

Karl Swartz wrote:
>>I am a little confused here.  Are there two "Geralds" out there?
>>Someone did the reply about the fax number who wasn't me with
>>a number that is not even in my area code.  I was confused but
>>to shutup to avoid more confusion.
> It appears that Frank responded with his fax number.  Such is the
> problem that arises from sending a request to one individual to an
> entire mailing list.


As Karl notes, I mistook the message as having been personally to me, and
replied without checking the to address or anything.  Sorry about that.

> Of course, the configuration of the mailing list (a simple reply goes to
> the list, not to the sender of the message to which you are replying)
> doesn't help matters -- it's non-trivial to reply to just the one person
> to whom you think you are replying.  Many people regard that as a Really
> Bad Thing, and I know of at least one case where it very nearly led to a
> list participant being fired for inadvertently releasing confidential
> information.  (He replied to one of his colleagues, or so he thought.)

I understand this position, but the problem I also often encounter is that
mailing lists configured to *not* rewrite the reply-to address to the list
often fail to capture much of the discussion because by default the discussion
immediately goes off-list between the original requestor and the replier.  On
a very busy list this might be a plus, but on a less busy list it reduces
public discussion.

Of course if people were more careful about who they reply to either mechanism
would suffice.  However, I have certainly noticed that I generally just "Reply"
(rather than Reply All) and I think many others do as well.

In short, my policy on not-too-busy lists has been to have the Reply-To
rewritten to the list in order to maximize list based discussion.

Best regards,

I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam, warmerdam at pobox.com
light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Programmer for Rent

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