newsgroup vs. mailing list

Robert Brenstein rjb at rz.uni-potsdam.de
Mon Oct 27 16:10:55 EST 2003


>On Oct 27, 2003, at 12:01 PM, Alex Rice wrote:
>
>>
>>This in-reply-to head is what is used to create a threaded view of 
>>messages. This is how Apple Mail.app does it.
>
>Hmm... now I'm not so sure. It must use the in-reply-to header, and 
>the Subject line in combination to build the threaded views.
>
>Anyways- if you can find a mail client that does message threading, 
>you will be much happier reading email in general :-)
>
>Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> | Mindlube Software | <http://mindlube.com>

I don't know whether E6 uses in-reply-to header. I doubt. Earlier 
versions group posts (threads) simply by matching subject. That work 
fine for me.

Actually, I am not sure whether the in-reply-to headers can be easily 
used for following threads.

p06002005bbc061618415@[192.168.1.100]
a05200f3dbbc288811db3@[141.89.100.235]
FA5ABCFA-08AF-11D8-B5D9-000393C4760A at mindlube.com

How do the above form a readily definable thread? These three are 
from my reply to an earlier post, followed by your reply to mine, 
followed by your reply to yourself. And it could have been that more 
than one person replied to any of these in parallel and any of these 
replies could have one or more replies of their own. Throw in a 
complication of messages arriving not necessarily in the order they 
were sent and it is a mess IMHO.

Robert


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