Please explain how to add to a thread in this mailing list

Fri Aug 12 05:51:00 GMT 2016

On 2016.08.11 22:13, Greg Freemyer wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM, Thomas Taylor <>  
> wrote:
> > Thank you for responding to my post.  I think I asked the wrong  
> question.
> > What I really want to know is how to use this mailing list and  
> others like
> > it.  I'm new at this, and can't find any instructions anywhere.   
> Such lists
> > must have become part of the culture, and I must have missed school  
> that
> > day.  I'm able to create a post, but don't know how to reply to one.
> > Somehow I got the feeling that I should only reply to the mailing  
> list,
> > rather than directly to the person (like you) who responded to my  
> post.  I
> > don't get responses via email, and don't even know if I should.   
> Instead, I
> > check for them periodically on the web page for the mailing list  
> archive.
> > If I find a response, I don't know the right way to reply.
> Are you subscribed such that you get each email as a separate email?
> If so, all you have to do is reply.
> Reply all s normally fine, but I've been on lists with various rules
> (netiquettes).
> I suspect your issue is how you subscribed to the list.
> Greg
That also depends on you email software.  In most cases, Greg is right,  
and you can just hit "reply".  However, in some cases, the combination  
of the list software and you email software knows you can "Reply to  
group" which is different - it replies to the list address, and not to  
the individual who sent the message.  Unfortunately, there is not  
consistency here, so you have to learn how the lists you subscribe to  
identify themselves, and how you individual email software deals with  
that.  For example, I need to "G" or "Reply-group" rather than just  
"Reply".  The real issue is simply that you need to pay attention to  
all the "To:" and "CC:" headers before you hit "Send".
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