When I right click on a message and select "Reply to Sender Only" I get a Compose Window with "To:reply_to_header_adress". What I expected was "To: from_adress". (from and reply_to are the mail headers) I use mozilla 0.9.5.
reporter, Which build id are you using? I am using 2001-11-14-06 build on linux. worksforme Reply to sender only sets the correct recipient as To: sender address. Can you try on a recent build. If you are still seeing this please give the build id and steps for me to reproduce.
Well I tried a new build (2001-11-15-06-0.9.6, 2001111506) and it behaves the same. Steps to reproduce: 1) choose a mail with From:email@example.com and Reply-To:firstname.lastname@example.org (my mail has a To: email@example.com too, but that shouldnt make any difference) 2) right click on the message and select "Reply To Sender Only" 3) mozilla opens a mail composer window with To:firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like this is behaving as it should. For example: compose new message From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org reply-to: email@example.com(setting the reply-to in the compose window, you are saying when you reply to this email it should be replied to the firstname.lastname@example.org account instead of email@example.com account which is the sender.) So receive this message and right click and reply to sender only should reply to firstname.lastname@example.org which is correct because you have already set while composing that you want reply to go to email@example.com and not firstname.lastname@example.org even though email@example.com is the sender. I hope that I am being clear. If you try the same scenario in 4.x you will see th e same results and this is behaving correclty. This bug is invalid.
First, the reason why I hope it would work with "Reply To Sender Only" was, that I am subscribed to some mailing lists and per default the reply goes to the list. What I need is a function to reply to the real sender. I see no reason why "Reply", "Reply All" from the toolbar and "Reply To Sender Only" and "Reply To All" from the context menu do all reply to the address given by the reply-to field in the refering message. I am going to post this to the n.m.p.mail-news group for discussing the best place for this function.
Sure then this can be a request for enhancement. Sorry this has been working like this and the reason I marked it invalid is because this was logged as a bug. As per reporter's last comments will reopen the bug since this is a request for enhancement. I will leave it to the UI and engineer to look into this further.
Confirming RFE. Though 'sender' is defined as the e-mail where the message came from, not the 'reply-to' header. Personally, I think this is INVALID
This is in fact a bug. "Reply to Sender Only" activates the Reply feature which obeys the Reply-To header. The fact that the spec states that the context menu item should be labeled "Reply to Sender Only" is a bug in the spec. Reassigning to spec author.
The spec is here: http://mozilla.org/mailnews/specs/threepane/MailMenus.html#Context It states that the context menu entry should be labeled "Reply to Sender".
I'm not clear on what you are asking to be changed in the spec...
"Reply to Sender" should be changed to "Reply" or "Reply to the message" so it matches the description used other places where this functionality can be accessed, such as the toolbar and the Message menu. "Reply to Sender" is not an accurate description of this functionality since the reply will not always (in the case of a Reply-To header) go to the sender.
The "Reply" button in the toolbar does the default action of replying to the newsgroup (the appropriate default for newsgroups), so we can't use "Reply" in the menus to mean Reply to the Sender/Reply-to-header. Since there are 3 difference types of Replies for newsgroups, the menu items try to distinguish between them, Reply to Sender vs Reply to Newgroup vs Reply to All (sender, newsgroups, recipients). I'm not sure what we could change "Reply to Sender" to in order to meet your concern.
changing QA contact from Sheela to Gregg
I just got bit by this, in mozilla 1.2 alpha. I wanted to send a private message to the administrator of a mailing list. I did a "reply to sender only", and the message went out to the mailing list, much to my surprise ! This is at the very least a privacy issue, as it can involuntarily cause data to be leaked to the wrong recipients. I think this is a serious bug which should have a priority assigned. It appears that there is no way currently to reply to the sender only with the built-in functions of Mozilla mail. "Reply to sender only" in the context menu has the same functionality as the "reply" button. Obviously the wording of the context menu is incorrect and should just be "reply". For "reply all", the wording in both the buttons and the menu are consistent with what's expected. This bug is clearly for changing the wording of the menu to be more accurate, according to the title. Is there a separate bug filed for the functionality I and the original reported of this bug need, namely to be able to reply to the person in the "from" field ? Currently to achieve this, one needs to : - copy the from address to the clipboard with right-lick/copy email address - hit reply - manually highlight the entire content of the "to" field - right-click and select "paste" to paste the email address. This all should be possible to achieve in a one-click command.
Julien, where you replying from a newsgroup or from a pop/imap account? Do you mind sending me the message (use forward as attachment). Thanks
JGlick: In the newsgroup the reply button should reply to the sender of the posting by default.To followup to the newsgroup there should be a seperate followup button. So Reply to Sender Only does not make sense even in the newsgroup context. For the mail context see bug 170191 for an enhancement which allows you to override the reply-to header. I think it is an important functionality that Mozilla Mail is missing!
I'm hitting this bug too, on OS X. I've unintentionally sent some sensitive email to an entire email list. "Embarressing", you might say. Note that netscape 4.X has this same misleading behaviour. Does anyone plan to do anything about it? It's been a long time since anyone commented on this. It has to be a high visibility problem. Max.
Another long interval between comments. I'm researching a different problem and read this. I see that some comments didn't distinguish between mailing lists and newsgroups. The original reporter was talking about using mailing lists (email). Right-clicking a message gives the context menu with the choice "Reply to Sender Only", and selecting that puts the mailing-list address in the Reply window, not the address of the original sender. To actually reply to the sender, not the list, in a mailing list, I just manually clear the address field in the reply-to compose window, and enter the address of the intended recipient. Has this bug been marked "won't fix"?
Just posting to keep the "expire" monster at bay
> Has this bug been marked "won't fix"? WRT the summary, the bug is WONTFIX, since for normal email it's intended behaviour. OTOH, we really still suck in mailing list handling - but that's covered by bug 45715/bug 233417.