breaking the threads... [was: disable top panel application-window menu]

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Mar 14 20:48:25 UTC 2012

On 03/14/2012 09:54 AM, Alan Pope wrote:
> On 14/03/12 14:42, M.R. wrote:
>> However, I *will change* my usage of the subject line if told so
>> by the list owner/moderator,
> Please stop changing the threads seemingly randomly. If you have a
> new topic to discuss, start a new mail in a new thread with a new
> subject.
> Cheers,

A few points:

1. The threading isn't broken:
[disable top panel application-window menu   M.R.]

2. Regarding users that use an MUA that doesn't follow threading by
Vague (hidden part?)but...

Many users read mailing lists by the thread. This means that when
reading, emails are placed in a tree structure according to the
subject. For an example, see this page . To permit this, email clients
identify messages by a special hidden 'header' of the message. To
assist those who read mailing lists in this way:

    Try to ensure that you use an email client which retains this
'hidden' part of the message. For example, avoid using Outlook Express.

3. Regarding changing the subject:
Changing the subject

When a reply takes the email away from the original subject, change
the subject line in your email. This helps people reading the mailing
list to identify the most relevant emails for them.

When changing the subject, keep the original subject in brackets. For
example, if the original subject was 'Ubuntu rocks', your subject
should be 'Ubuntu could be made better (was Ubuntu rocks)'.

M.R./you/I should keep the original subject in brackets . Example:

Subject: alleluia [was: disable top panel application-window menu]

@M.R. While I suppose you are, IMO, 'almost technically' correct here,
I'd suggest keeping the subject changes to a minimum. That helps those
that haven't figured out #2 above, *and* helps to abide by this:

Also note that Alan Pope _is_ a list moderator.

Helpful hint for those that use SeaMonkey & Thunderbird: you can
ignore a subthread (ala this one) by: Shift+K

@Popey: It appears that you are a new enigmail user. Perhaps you could
ask Janne Jokitalo how to post with a PGP signature
(Content-Disposition: inline) that doesn't take up 14 lines for a 1
line reply.  :-)

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