Changing the subject

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Sat Feb 27 20:44:21 UTC 2010

On 27 February 2010 22:37, Christian Schult <cschult at> wrote:
> Hello Colin,
> Colin Law wrote:
>> On 27 February 2010 15:41, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>> > Is there a generally accepted method of changing the subject in this
>> > group?  I just replied to a message where a change seemed appropriate
>> > but was unsure how best do it.
>> You can start a new email (not a reply to the existing one otherwise
>> it will continue in the old thread for those with intelligent email
>> readers) with a subject such as 'A New Subject (was An Old Subject)',
>> paste in relevant bits from the original and off you go.
> Sorry, but no, that's wrong. To change the subject in a thread you reply
> (to list) and change the subject. Do not start a new thread instead.

And what about users of threaded email clients? Why should this new
subject be filed under the old thread?

If it's a _new_subject_ then start a _new_thread_.

> Real mail clientis do threading following References: and In-Reply-To:
> headers, not Subject: header.

Exactly. The new subject should be a new thread.

Dotan Cohen

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