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Month: September 2020

Re: [trinity-users] apologies for the mess!

From: Steven D'Aprano <steve@...>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 08:45:27 +1000
On Sun, Sep 06, 2020 at 02:46:58PM -0700, William Morder via tde-users wrote:

> So the short version is: only hit reply if you intend to keep the topic within 
> the thread. 
> If we go off-topic, then we ought to create a brand-new email, not just hit 
> replay; otherwise, we drag email addresses and related threads upon threads 
> in, and we end up with 293 comments (I hear, but haven't seen them myself). 

How is that possible? If you change the subject line of an email, how 
does that cause rejected emails to suddenly be re-sent (as you say 
happened to you).

Where are these 293 comments being dragged in from?

It is not practical to demand that subject lines never be changed. 
Different mailers have different conventions for whether they use "Re" 
or something else when replying, and sometimes due to topic drift the 
right thing to do is to change the subject line. For example, adding 
"SOLVED" to a problem once it is solved.

We should start a new thread for entirely unrelated and new topics, but 
we should rename a sub-thread once it has drifted away from the original 
topic. For example:

    TDE is awesome
    +-- Re: TDE is awesome
    +-- Re: TDE is awesome
    |   +-- Re: TDE is awesome
    |   |   +-- Now with even more awesomeness [was TDE is awesome]
    |   |       +-- Re: Now with even more awesomeness
    |   +-- Re: TDE is awesome
    +-- Re: TDE is awesome