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  • It occurs to me that people may have heard the term in its proper technical sense, and merely thought it meant "an automatic sending of email from one person to an entire list". Then propagated it because it sounded sexy.


    -DA []

    • by jdavidb (1361) on 2006.03.02 17:16 (#46419) Homepage Journal

      That would make sense.

      I'm not sure if the proper meaning of "mail loop" is the reason why I cringe at this term, since I've done very little mail configuration and rarely hear of or think of that term. But it really makes me cringe, and I'm trying to figure out why, along with figuring out the etymology of this term. Maybe all that bothers me is the fact that there is a name for this thing, and it's called a "mailing list," and it bugs me that people make up other names like "email loop" for something that already has a perfectly good name.

      For the record, scratching fingernails on a chalkboard has never bothered me. But this does...

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers