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Re: I hate mailing lists



On Sun, May 23, 2004 22:04:53 PM -0400, William M. Quarles
(walrus bellsouth net) wrote:
> M. Fioretti wrote:
> >I don't know about mailing list archives disappearing over
> >time. The other "weakness", however, is in idiot mail clients and
> >misguided users, not in mailing lists. Any decent mail client
> >*supports* threading, so it makes possible to "to follow
> >discussions in a sensible way".
> >
> >Ciao,
> >	Marco F.
> 
> Except the threads are reassembled based on the author leaving the 
> previous message quoted. 

Except nothing. Those you mention are not threads.

>Newsgroups actually keep track of which message is in reply to which
>other message.

Again? I wrote "Any decent mail client *supports* threading", where
"threading" means *exactly* "keeping track of which message is in
reply to which other message".

Mailing lists, or email in general, "actually keep track of which
message is in reply to which other message". May I suggest you to:

	read online about the "In-Reply-To:" header
	go to www.mutt.org and look at some threading screenshots to
		see what I mean
	if you can, switch to any email client *with* threading
		support 

Note that this has nothing to do with mailing lists anymore. With a
decent mail client you will be able to "actually keep track of which
message is in reply to which other message" even when you discuss
Christmas menu with your family members.

Ciao,
	Marco Fioretti

-- 
Marco Fioretti                 mfioretti, at the server mclink.it
Red Hat for low memory         http://www.rule-project.org/en/

They can't stop us... we're on a mission from God!
                -- The Blues Brothers



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