Joe Steeve writes:
> I know this is a sensitive topic and many people consider it
I don't. :-)
Back in the day, it was considered rude to post to mailing lists without
being subscribed, so usually there was a forced 'reply-to' header to the
list. It seems those days are mostly gone, though, and I don't think
this is something to get upset about.
> I have just asked two questions on this list so far. And, all the
> replies for the two questions have come as personal email. These replies
> should have come to the list so that it gets archived and is available
> for others to find when they google.
Those replies went to you as well as to the list. The usual thing when
replying to mails in mailing lists is to use a wide reply ("Reply
All"). This implies that the answer will go to all people involved in
the current thread as well as to the list itself. Of course, if people
are subscribed, they will receive the reply twice, but a good mail
reader should be able to suppress duplicates, so it doesn't really
Still, if you don't want to receive mails personally because you are
subscribed to the list, you can indicate this by setting the
Be prepared though that not all mail clients respect this setting (it's
never been properly standardized).