list etiquette

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Tue Sep 29 10:09:13 EDT 2015

Kay C Lan wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:56 PM, Warren Samples <warren at>
> wrote:
>> An example would be the thread with the subject "Why can't LC do what
>> PencilCase does?" Under that thread are 11 completely unrelated message
>> threads, each having headers that indicate each new topic was initiated as
>> a response to a previous but unrelated message within that thread.
>> What are you using to view the List? I use Gmail and I have no such
> problem, every single post in the PencilCase thread has exactly the same
> subject so Gmail can automatically rethread based on Subject. Maybe there
> is a Preference within your email client to sort by Subject?
> I'll admit I'm guilty of posting a new Topic by clicking Reply and changing
> the Subject, but this seems to me to be far easier as you normally want to
> quote a portion of a post but acknowledge that it is a tangent topic. So as
> it works perfectly for me, unless there is an avalanche of other's who are
> suffering the same as you, I'm not sure I'll remember to compose a brand
> new message just to help your email client.

Same here.  I read the list through the Web archives, and reply by 
clicking the link at the top of the page.  This has the opposite effect, 
no less annoying to some:  when I reply to a given thread, the subject 
line is as expected but the message ID is lost, so when an email client 
is so limited it can only understand threading by message ID my posts 
appear out of sequence.

Between the nuances of various email clients and at least three 
different Web-based was to interact with this list, we can expect 
variance in email header metadata.

Good email clients will anticipate this, and provide Sort by Subject as 
a universal solution.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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