Bugs item #1621278, was opened at 2006-12-23 09:16
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Category: Web/CGI
Group: 2.1 (stable)
Status: Closed
Resolution: Fixed
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: Kumaraguru (kums)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: incomplete reply link in archived posts

Initial Comment:
When viewing the archived messages/posts, one can reply to a post by clicking the mailto link next to the author's name. This is of the form

mailto:foo at bar.com?Subject=postsubject&In-Reply-To=unique_message_id

The unique id for In-Reply-To is present only for posts that are replies to another post. The top level posts don't have a unique id in the mailto link. It is simply blank like it's shown below.

mailto:foo at bar.com?Subject=postsubject&In-Reply-To
Some people may disable mail delivery when the mailing list becomes a high volume one. They can see the archived messages through the web front-end. If they are still subscribed to the mailing list, they can even reply to the list by clicking the above mentioned mailto link.

For messages which are replies to another post, the mailto link is properly formed having a unique messageid for use in the In-Reply-To header. However, for the top level posts, the mailto link is incomplete as the In-Reply-To is simply blank. If someone replied to a top level post by clicking it's reply link, the reply message will appear out-of-sync as a different top-level post instead of being a reply to the original post.

Comment By: A.M. Kuchling (akuchling)
Date: 2008-06-08 07:57

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Thanks for your report! This bug has been fixed in the current Mailman


Comment By: Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
Date: 2006-12-23 12:40

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It's actually worse than you say. The In-Reply-To= in the mailto URL does
not contain the Message-ID: of the message being viewed. It contains the
In-Reply-To: of the message being viewed, and can be empty for a
subordinate message in a thread if that message doesn't contain an
In-Reply-To: and was threaded by References:. Thus, even when present, it
is wrong and results in improper threading of replies that use it.

I will look at fixing this, but the archiver is complex and fragile, so I
don't know how difficult this will be.


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