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Mail threading [was: Authentication/authorization issues]

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-04-29 17:20:26 CEST

kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> Please see
> http://subversion.tigris.org/mailing-list-guidelines.html#replying

This is sound advice. I suggest two tweaks:

Index: ../subversion/www/mailing-list-guidelines.html
--- ../subversion/www/mailing-list-guidelines.html (revision 14462)
+++ ../subversion/www/mailing-list-guidelines.html (working copy)
@@ -123,7 +123,8 @@
  <a name="fresh-post"></a>

  <p>Don't start a new thread (subject) by replying to an existing
-post. Instead, start a fresh mail, and write out the list address by
+post. Instead, start a fresh mail, even if that means you have to
+write out the list address by
  hand. If you reply to an existing post, your mailreader may include
  metadata that marks your post as a followup in that thread. Changing
  the <tt>Subject</tt> header is not enough to prevent this! Many
@@ -132,7 +133,14 @@
  your post (because they're ignoring that thread), but people who are
  reading the thread will waste their time with your off-topic post.
  The safest way to avoid this is to never use "reply" to start a new
+<p>(The root of the problem is really that mail user interfaces are
+not indicating that the message generated by the "Reply" function is
+different from a fresh message. If you use such a program, consider
+submitting an enhancement request or a patch to its developers to make
+it show a distinction.)</p>

  <a name="rethreading"></a>

- Julian

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Received on Fri Apr 29 17:22:21 2005

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