Changing the subject

Amedee Van Gasse amedee-ubuntu at
Sun Feb 28 08:50:42 UTC 2010

On 28-02-10 01:38, Patton Echols wrote:
> On 02/27/2010 04:15 PM, Amedee Van Gasse wrote:
>> On 27-02-10 22:05, Christian Schult wrote:
>>> That's not subject changing (in a thread), that's simply starting a _new_ thread.
>>> If you start a new thread, there's no need to capture any old subject.
>> If you change the subject in a thread, is it still part of the thread? I
>> mean, apart from whatever any header says and how it is interpreted by
>> whatever mail client.
>> Because, if it is still part of the thread, you aren't really talking
>> about something else, so why bother to change the subject header because
>> you're not changing the subject at all.
> In long threads sometimes they "fork" as the conversation goes in two
> directions.  It is actually the same thread, but the subject change
> makes clear which part you are talking about.  We also sometimes see a
> poorly chosen initial subject (eg. "Re: Ubuntu help").  A reply is part
> of the thread, but a new subject gives an idea of what the discussion
> really is.
I think we have a language problem here.
"subject" = email header Subject: ...
"subject" = describes what the conversation is about

Sorry, I'm not a native speaker. I find this confusing.

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