# Hi --
# I keep getting replies to my mailing list with To: fields like:
# To: Atlantis-Owner (Rich Skrenta)
# It seems to be mixing information from both the Sender: and the From:
# fields of the original letters. The Atlantis-Owner comes from the Sender:
# field, and (Rich Skrenta) was the real name from the original From: field.
# (The original header of the letter that was replied to is listed below.)
# (The list name is Atlantis. Atlantis-Owner is me, which is not what the
# Reply-er wanted. I am using Brent's resend script to run the list)
# Now these are probably pathological mailers, but is there anything
# I can do about this? Am I doing everything right?
As far as I can tell, your headers are correct. Somebody else's
broken mailer is replying to the "Sender:" field rather than the
"Reply-To:" or "From:" field.
You could add code to "resend" to add a "Reply-To:" header to outgoing
messages. Those broken mailers might prefer that to "Sender:", but
who knows. If you want replies to come back to the list, make
"Reply-To:" the mailing list (non "-owner") address; if you want them
to come back to the originator of the message, make it the same as the
"From:" line. Regardless, you should probably leave existing
"Reply-To:" fields alone, and only add ones to messages that don't
already have one.
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