Making a tool palette
bobs at twft.com
Tue Nov 30 19:30:43 CST 2010
All well and good, but isn't it a really easy thing to just start a new email too? Everybody wins?
On Nov 30, 2010, at 4:59 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Bob Sneidar wrote:
> > I have said this before, and I don't mean to come off as rude,
> > but I read these posts in a threaded format. When someone
> > replies to a post but changes the subject line to create a new
> > post, it still remains part of the same thread in my email app,
> > and now I have 2, 3 and 4 subjects at times in the same thread.
> Respectfully, IMNSHO this isn't a failing of the email user but of the designers of email clients and list archive software.
> Header-based threading relies on information the user can't touch. Not good. Let people be free to use the things they can touch to express themselves as they like, and let machines do the drudgery of sorting it out.
> Most humans never see email headers, nor should they. They're for routing and tracing, but sorting is done in the human mind by subject line, and machines should follow human patterns if they are to be useful for people and not the other way around.
> I have a custom list reader for this list, and naturally it sorts by subject line, as it should. ;) When I reply it creates a new email, which means that old-world header-based threading won't be able to figure it out, as though somehow it can't find the subject line.
> Sorry, Mr. Wieder, I know that bugs you too. I'd do something else if that something else was as useful. :)
> Richard Gaskin
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