[R] do not reply for a new topic!!!

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Aug 20 15:52:27 CEST 2004

Hi Kevin,
 {and R-help readers:  Kevin's (privatae) question is a quite
  relevant one to this sidetrack topic of "mailing list netiquette"}

>>>>> "Kevin" == Kevin Wang <Kevin.Wang at maths.anu.edu.au>
>>>>>     on Fri, 20 Aug 2004 22:37:39 +1000 (EST) writes:

    Kevin> Just out of interest, what about those posts with (no
    Kevin> subject) as the subject?  Sometimes I would change
    Kevin> the subject so it fits the body...is it recommended?

yes, I'd recommend it --- IFF --- your e-mail system is good
enough to set / augment the (usually invisible) headers
"References:" and "In-Reply-To:".

AFAIK, by official standards, these are used for threading
(if available) rather than the subjects.


    Kevin> On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Martin Maechler wrote:

    >> Dear S,
    >> when posting something to R-help or bioconductor,
    >> please do *NOT* reply to an existing message and add a new
    >> subject!!!  {it breaks threads for most e-mail system that use
    >> threads, including the threaded archives, see, e.g.
    >> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/bioconductor/2004-August/thread.html

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