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Re: HiJacking Threads -- apology & new (OT??) question



On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 11:12 PM, Tim <ignored_mailbox yahoo com au> wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-01-03 at 20:38 +0000, Beartooth wrote:
>>         I also want to ask a question I haven't seen yet in this thread.
>> Suppose I happen on a new fact that sends *me* off on a tangent --
>> something I've long meant to ask about, but not really relevant to the
>> thread. (Here, for instance,it might be "Things the Uninitiated Need to
>> Know and Never Get Told.")
>>
>>         To do it, I naturally ought to start a new thread -- but also
>> give the passage about the "*In* Reply-to" header, with credit to P O'C
>> and what would be a bibliographic footnote if we were doing this in old-
>> fashioned paper journals.
>
> Common sense would dictate that it's either a reply, or it's not.
>
> If it's in reply to the prior message, than write it as a reply.  If
> it's not in "reply," even if it's something that's been inspired by
> another message, then it's a *new* message.
>
> If you need to refer to something from another message, then there's
> several ways of doing so:
>
> * Simply quote the part of the message concerned.
>
> * Write something like, "See Fred's message on Tuesday re threading"
> into your message.  That allows people to find it.
>
> * Find the URI for the message on the Fedora archive, and include that
> in your message.
>
> * Write the message ID for it into your message.  Though, it's a long
> time since I've come across a client that could find a message for you
> from a quoted message ID (it'd find it in your local cache of messages,
> after left- or right-clicking on the ID).  I think it was a usenet
> client on the Amiga, or perhaps Forte Inc's Agent, that could do that.

Although I doubt there are hard and fast rules about this, it can be
acceptable to simply reply, and edit the Subject e.g.:

Subject: Concerning seafood (Was: the mortality of crabs)

This will still be in the same thread, but at least the user is
alerted to a change of topic. If it goes on too long of course, a new
thread is called for (plus that rare thing, judgment).

poc


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