newsgroup vs. mailing list
alex at mindlube.com
Mon Oct 27 14:01:31 EST 2003
On Oct 27, 2003, at 1:35 AM, Robert Brenstein wrote:
> That threading feature has been in earlier versions of Eudora as well.
> Just option-click on any subject in the list and Eudora groups all
> emails in that thread. The only problem is that some people insist on
> changing the subject as the thread goes on :(
Then the mail client is not doing message threading correctly. Each
email message has a header named in-reply-to, for example:
In-Reply-To: <20031024140549.D01C193011E at mail.runrev.com>
This in-reply-to head is what is used to create a threaded view of
messages. This is how Apple Mail.app does it. I believe the original
Netscape Mail used to do it this way.
For example: I'm looking at a thread "revSpeak & Windows". In it are
messages subject "revSpeak & Windows", "RE: revSpeak & Windows" and
"Windows sound Help".
Now it also appears that some people (eric hansen?) are hitting reply
to a list message, then changing the topic *entirely*, as a shortcut
for composing a new topic message to the list. This looks bad in a
threaded view because based on the in-reply-to headers, it's thread,
but the message content does not make a coherent thread.
Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> | Mindlube Software |
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