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2002\08\15@093701 by kben

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Hi,
This is the second time I've been told to fix my "reply-to address"
I use to let my web based email default my personal email
address into the reply-to address.
Then Dale Botkin told me to leave the "reply-to" address blank,
and the mail server would insert "spam_OUTPICLISTTakeThisOuTspamMITVMA.MIT.EDU"
as the default "reply-to" address. Is this not the case ?
Should I just manually insert ".....PICLISTKILLspamspam@spam@MITVMA.MIT.EDU"
into the "To:" field as well as the "Reply-To:" field ?

As always thanks in advance,
Kevin

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2002\08\15@101438 by Dale Botkin

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If at all possible, you should leave your Reply-To address empty.  The
list server will automatically set the Reply-To address to direct replies
to the list.  The server will not replace anything in the Reply-To field,
so your best bet is to simply leave it blank.

It is very rare to actually need a Reply-To address.  The only time you
really need it is when for whatever reason your sent mail carries an
incorrect From: address.  This can result from a misconfigured host or a
poorly set up mail server, but 99% or more of the time you really don't
need it, and it can cause problems in situations like this.  So if you
can, just leave it blank.

Dale

On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Kevin A. Benedict wrote:

> Hi,
> This is the second time I've been told to fix my "reply-to address"
> I use to let my web based email default my personal email
> address into the reply-to address.
> Then Dale Botkin told me to leave the "reply-to" address blank,
> and the mail server would insert "PICLISTspamKILLspamMITVMA.MIT.EDU"
> as the default "reply-to" address. Is this not the case ?
> Should I just manually insert ".....PICLISTKILLspamspam.....MITVMA.MIT.EDU"
> into the "To:" field as well as the "Reply-To:" field ?

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2002\08\15@102902 by kben

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Hi Dale,
that's what I thought "leave it blank", but Roman and Brendan
both asked me to FIX my reply to address. I know I left it
blank on the email Roman responded to.  This message contains
a blank reply to address. If their is a problem with it let me
know, and I will try and fix it.  I can work with you OFF-List
if you prefer.

Thanks,
Kevin

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2002\08\15@104130 by Dale Botkin

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Nope.  Here's part of the header:

From: @spam@kbenKILLspamspamdca.net
Sender: KILLspamkbenKILLspamspamdca.net
Reply-to: RemoveMEkbenTakeThisOuTspamdca.net
To: Dale Botkin <spamBeGonedalespamBeGonespambotkin.org>, TakeThisOuTPICLISTEraseMEspamspam_OUTMITVMA.MIT.EDU

Looks like either your mail client or the server is "fixing" it for you.

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2002\08\15@104340 by kben

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Hi Allen,
It's my ISP, so I will contact them and see if I can get it
straightened out.

Thanks,
Kevin

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2002\08\16@145523 by Herbert Graf

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> This is the second time I've been told to fix my "reply-to address"
> I use to let my web based email default my personal email
> address into the reply-to address.
> Then Dale Botkin told me to leave the "reply-to" address blank,
> and the mail server would insert "spamBeGonePICLISTSTOPspamspamEraseMEMITVMA.MIT.EDU"
> as the default "reply-to" address. Is this not the case ?
> Should I just manually insert "KILLspamPICLISTspamBeGonespamMITVMA.MIT.EDU"
> into the "To:" field as well as the "Reply-To:" field ?

       No, I wouldn't recomment that since you might send mail to someone else and
the response would come here. Leaving it blank is the best solution.
However, on the other end of things I avoid this issue all together by
clicking on "reply all" instead of just "reply", that way it is set to both
the list AND the personal email address. I always press reply all these
days. TTYL

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2002\08\16@145746 by Herbert Graf

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> If at all possible, you should leave your Reply-To address empty.  The
> list server will automatically set the Reply-To address to direct replies
> to the list.  The server will not replace anything in the Reply-To field,
> so your best bet is to simply leave it blank.
>
> It is very rare to actually need a Reply-To address.  The only time you
> really need it is when for whatever reason your sent mail carries an
> incorrect From: address.  This can result from a misconfigured host or a
> poorly set up mail server, but 99% or more of the time you really don't
> need it, and it can cause problems in situations like this.  So if you
> can, just leave it blank.

       The only time I ever needed to use the reply-to address was with an ISP
that didn't let you send mail with any address but the ISPs given mail
address in the 'to' field. I used the reply-to to redirect the responses to
the address I wanted. Of course, I dropped that ISP a couple months after
they implemented that stupid idea. TTYL

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2002\08\16@173857 by kben

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Well unfortunately, my ISP, DCA.NET, says that their web based
mail program will put my email address in the "reply to" field
even if I leave it blank. Hate to change ISP's, although
I occasionally use PINE as I have a Unix shell account.
Anyone know if Pine can be configured not to value the
reply to field or is it implementation dependent ?

Thanks,
Kevin

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2002\08\17@104730 by Dale Botkin

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Pine will let you always use the reply-to address, but I didn't see a
config option to ignore it completely.  That would be as rude as the
server automatically setting the reply-to on mail that didn't have one.
Your ISP's guys must not be all that good, but that's unfortunately not
uncommon.

Dale (former ISP owner)
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On Fri, 16 Aug 2002, Kevin A. Benedict wrote:

> Well unfortunately, my ISP, DCA.NET, says that their web based
> mail program will put my email address in the "reply to" field
> even if I leave it blank. Hate to change ISP's, although
> I occasionally use PINE as I have a Unix shell account.
> Anyone know if Pine can be configured not to value the
> reply to field or is it implementation dependent ?

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