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Subject: [OT] About mail clients and threading

[OT] About mail clients and threading

From: Jonas H <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 20:26:32 +0200

My mail client (Mozilla Thunderbird) and countless others display mail
conversations as trees, with replies listed below the mail they are
replies to in some way, such that the flow of the conversation is
visually apparent, and mails that relate to each other are grouped
together. This is a great help when dealing with a large-ish amount of
mails in a mailing list like this.

This requires, however, that replies are marked as such, and this is
where the blessing becomes a curse. For some reason (and I'm not blaming
anyone here, there might be a million reasonable explanations), many
users on this list use the "reply" button very liberally, which results
in threads that jump from topic to topic, because unrelated mails are
marked as replies to each other (One such example is the "HTML manuals
available" thread, which by no contains no less than 5 different,
unrelated topics of conversation).

So if you want to start a new topic, use the "New mail" button, or
"Write" or whatever it's called in your mail client of choice. If you
want to reply to a mail, please use the reply button.

This way, I (and probably others) get to retain my sanity.

Jonas H
Received on 2006-07-30

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