[R] Replying to replies in the forum

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us
Wed Apr 5 22:23:38 CEST 2017

There is no conclusively client-free solution, which is why it is not in the Posting Guide. 

However, as a general rule, start with a fresh email to start a thread, and reply-to-all to the message you want to reply to.  The threading is managed by hidden message ids, not subjects. 
Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.

On April 5, 2017 11:26:27 AM PDT, "Tunga Kantarcı" <tungakantarci at gmail.com> wrote:
>My question is specifically about what I should use in the subject
>line when replying, because I do not trust mail clients, or to myself
>as I use different clients sometimes. Hence, I wanted to learn a
>client free solution to correctly send replies. Now, the posting guide
>is not explicit about this. Hence my question. So what should I type
>in the subject line if I want to reply to a specific reply, and not to
>another reply, so that my reply is nested in the reply I want to
>reply. That I cannot figure out from the posting guide.
>On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 7:46 PM, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com>
>>> On Apr 5, 2017, at 11:41 AM, Tunga Kantarcı
><tungakantarci at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> OK I cannot figure this out clearly in the guidelines of posting.
>>> I reply to a message I should out "Re:" in front of the subject line
>>> of the original post. So if the subject line of the original post it
>>> is "this is a post", then I should use "Re: this is a post" in the
>>> subject line, for my reply to appear under the original post, and
>>> in the forum as a new message.
>>> But then I cannot figure out what subject line I should use to reply
>>> to a given reply. That is, suppose the original subject line is
>>> is a post" and there are replies under the post, and that I want to
>>> reply to one of the replies. How I specify in the subject line so
>>> my reply appears under the reply of a certain person? Or do I have
>>> use the reply features of gmail?
>>> Meanwhile, why the guidelines is implicit about this?
>> Hi,
>> There is an R Posting Guide here:
>>   https://www.r-project.org/posting-guide.html
>> which is a good place to start.
>> Generally, if you want to reply to a post and keep the thread intact,
>always use "reply-all" and that will keep thread participants copied,
>the post sent to all list subscribers, and the posts in the public
>archives for future use.
>> Most e-mail clients (stand alone or web based) will add the "re:"
>prefix automatically, if not already present.
>> Threads are not kept intact in the list archives based upon the
>subject line alone, even though some e-mail clients may do so. This is
>why there can be a change in the subject line when using reply-all and
>the reply post will be kept with the original thread.
>> If, on the other hand, you create a new e-mail and just use "re: the
>original subject line" in the subject, that will start a new thread in
>the archive.
>> Don't use "reply" only to a post, unless specifically asked, as that
>will only copy one person, not the list nor the archives, and the
>communication will only be between you and that person, which is
>frowned upon.
>> Regards,
>> Marc
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