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Automatically always setting Reply-To makes it awkward or at times
difficult to reply to an individual. Mistakes ("sorry, meant to be
a private reply") are costly to the entire list membership.
Without Reply-To, it's easy to reply to poster, and trivially different
(what, the SHIFT key? :) to reply to the list. Mistakes ("sorry, meant
to send to the whole list") are much elss costly.
It follows that not hacking Reply-To is the most efficient way to run a
mailing list. It is also the most flexible. It might also help "train"
neophytes to think before posting to a world-wide mailing list with
potentially hundreds of readers; that seems like a good thing to me.
Sometimes I miss Pnews. :)