Except it isn't that simple. The "original list" is tagged to an individual message and it's quite possible for recipients to be removed from that along the way meaning that the "list of individuals" that comprises the "original list" is in no way guaranteed to be the entire list later on.
SMF stores the original message once, with a tag of who created it and whether the creator kept it in their outbox or not. Each additional person is then marked as recipient of that message. If they delete the message, the link between the message and them being the recipient goes away meaning they're no longer on the original list of recipients.
Well, that is fine as far as my personal use goes... it is even helpful.
If someone wants to remove themselves from the list, because they feel that they don't belong on that list, then that is helpful. I may include all people from Information Division on the list, but someone thinks... this doesn't apply to me, so they delete themselves from the list.
Great that they are removed from the list. The rest of the list remains, and if I want to send a follow up message, then the reordered list is much better than the original list anyway...
Wouldn't you agree?
If that is the case, then a simple button for a follow up message to the new list would be hard to program? It would solve all of the problems that I personally encounter.
I understand that not everyone needs this feature, but for those that do, and we have to use work arounds like repopulating the list from scratch, it is a very useful time saver...
The initial problem happens for me in dealing with an organization of over 200 people, and most are basically computer illiterate... I have a regular disclaimer at the top of every group message "Do Not Use Reply", but rather use "REPLY TO ALL"... and it still happens all the time.
I can't be the only one. SMF is too popular, and in too wide spread use for me to be the only one with this problem...
Thanks for your well considered reply, Arantor.