Re: [NTLK] [ANN] Please DON'T Reply to an existing thread to start a new thread!

From: Dr. Thomas Isenbarger (
Date: Tue Dec 07 2004 - 07:39:46 PST

On Dec 7, 2004, at 9:25 AM, Victor Rehorst wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> I just wanted to remind people what if they are starting a new topic,
> please
> don't reply to an existing topic and blank out the subject and body.
> Some people like to start a new topic by hitting reply on a post, then
> just
> deleting the subject and body. But this causes their mail client to
> still
> consider the message part of an existing thread, and so messages get
> attached
> to threads that are totally unrelated.
> If you don't know what I mean, here's an illustration from my Mozilla
> Mail
> view of Newtontalk in threaded mode showing what happens:
> I bring this up every now and then when it seems like it gets out of
> hand.
> Just remember, if it's a new topic, start with a fresh message window
> :) The
> list address isn't hard to remember, it's
> Thanks.

I use threaded view with Mac OS X Mail. Although it would be nice if
all the messages were neatly organized by thread, I don't find it
annoying when things are in the wrong place. If it gets out of hand, I
just don't use threaded view. I find it is easier to adjust my own
behavior then that of others; also, I cannot exhort folks to be extra
cognizant of getting their subject lines straight because when I do
then it will inevitably happen that I will forget to straighten this up
in one my own mails to the list.

Just my 0.02.


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