[Air-L] Change of default reply setting on air-l

Jonathan Marshall Jonathan.Marshall at uts.edu.au
Sun May 10 18:05:01 PDT 2009

For what its worth, i would also disagree with the change of default reply setting.  It *does* change the structure of communication on the list and *does* make it, by default, a set of communications between individuals.  This will change the dynamics of the list and possibly make it less valuable. In general i want to know what people on the list are talking about, otherwise what is the point of being here? The list will have less and less sense of presence and possibly fade away altogether.

Personally on other lists in which the default setting is the 'new' version, I also find it extremely annoying, as often when i think i've replied to the list i've only replied to the person making the post - who might not actually be the person i want to reply to in any case!  And it may take a day or so before i remember that my mail has not come to my mailbox, and if i then repost the conversation has moved on, and my remarks are even less relevant than before.

Also, i would like to protest the change being made without discussion, consultation or warning on list, with as far as we know only a few people complaining about the old set up.  Certainly clearly demostrates the falsity of the idea of the internet as a new space for 'democracy'...


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