Glyn Millington <> writes:

> Phil Hudson <> writes:
>> On Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at 10:34:32 am BST, Phil Hudson <> 
>> wrote:
>>> The term "mail alias" itself seems to me to be poorly chosen,
>> Replying to myself... I've thought of one, namely Gnus' use of "group"
>> (meaning/derived from "newsgroup") for what most MUAs call "mailbox",
>> "folder" or "label". So... how about substituting "mailing-list" for
>> "mail-alias" throughout?
>> Both "list" and "group" lose the sense that "alias" has of being
>> applicable to either an individual or a group. Maybe that's a reason for
>> keeping "mail-alias". 
>> Now I'm leaning toward declaring a matching *-mailing-list-* (Lisp)
>> alias for each *-mail-alias-* declaration, without declaring anything
>> obsolete. I would add " (that is, a mailing list)" or the moral
>> equivalent to each occurrence of "mail alias" in the doc strings.
>> This is tricky stuff. I don't want to make things worse with an
>> ill-considered change. Maybe I should let it drop for now.
> Terminological changes can be tricky, and seem to provoke very long
> threads on other emacs-related groups!
> I think Eric's suggestion/hint/encouragement about a bbdb(3) manual is
> probably the answer, but I'm not remotely qualified to tackle such a
> thing.  I find that Google plus a certain amount of grubbing round in
> the source code usually get me there.

I wrote about a third of one and then ran out of steam. Maybe I can dig
that up and provide it as a start...

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