[R] Replying to replies in the forum

Tunga Kantarcı tungakantarci at gmail.com
Thu Apr 6 00:24:35 CEST 2017

Thanks a lot.

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 10:23 PM, Jeff Newmiller
<jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote:
> 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
>>R-help at r-project.org mailing list -- To UNSUBSCRIBE and more, see
>>PLEASE do read the posting guide
>>and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

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