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

Adaikalavan Ramasamy ramasamy at cancer.org.uk
Fri Aug 20 16:33:57 CEST 2004

How about those e-mail which specify the problem in the subject line
only or does not use a subject line at all.

Is it practicable and desirable to simply bounce back an e-mail to the
sender with a message to read the posting guide if either the subject
line is empty or body is empty. Or this simply rude ?

On Fri, 2004-08-20 at 14:52, Martin Maechler wrote:
> 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.
> Martin
>     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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