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Re: [SVN] Standard subject-line prefix?

From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday_at_mindspring.com>
Date: 2005-08-16 23:08:34 CEST

On Tue, 16 Aug 2005, kfogel@collab.net wrote:

> David Saff <saff@csail.mit.edu> writes:
> > My apologies spamming the list about this, but would it be possible to
> > adjust the mailing-list software so that it prefixes the subject line
> > with a marker like [SVN] or [users@subversion]? All of the other user
> > mailing lists I'm subscribed to do so, which makes it easy to use a
> > single system to sort mail, and scan an Inbox for important and "read
> > later" messages. Thanks,
> We chose not to do this, because it uses up horizontal subject
> space, and makes nothing possible that was not possible already.
> You can filter using other headers, like "To" and "Cc", and these
> more exotic headers:

just to play devil's advocate, there are times when i like the idea
that some mailing lists put on a short prefix. i read my mail in
pine and, given the number of lists i'm on, i could open up my mailbox
to find a couple hundred messages.

sometimes, it's nice to scan quickly down the list of subjects to see
"[BusyBox]" or "[Trac]" at the beginning of a line so i can do some
really quick visual filtering. and, yes, i know i can use procmail to
filter into separate folders but i don't want to bounce between
folders just to check out what's arrived lately. i prefer to see all
of it at once and, if there's a short prefix to help the inspection,
that's a bonus.

i realize that this aspect of the subversion mailing list is not going
to change, but i've heard the arguments regarding being able to filter
in other ways, and taking up too much line space, and i've never found
either of those reasons terribly compelling.


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