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re: archive

Weed (
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 10:40:37 +0000

From: Weed <>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 10:40:37 +0000
Subject: re: archive
To: Subscribers to the mailing-list TWC-L <>

Just to disturb the dust on the rust of the wheels...

TWC-l mail archives now complete & available: [10 March 2005]

tip: sorting by "subject" more useful than sorting by "thread".

IMHO it's worth bearing in mind that the "subject:" of messages is
a powerful tool for organising the information. Would suggest:

it is better to answer posts on different subjects separately
keeping the original "subject:" in each case, rather than
combining the answers in one post with a new "subject:"

keeping the "subject:" exactly as it is unless it's intended to
split off from the old subject and start a separate topic
- eg adding a "!" to a previous subject is a great way of confusing
anyone at a later date who is trying to follow the discussion,
which suddenly splits into 2 sets of similar messages

making the content of a "subject:" field self-evident & concise
- eg "Huxley's meeting with Leary" is a lot more useful than
"something of interest I discovered the other day when..."
(which could well get truncated by some browsers)

nb these are the transgressions I'm most aware of coz they're all ones
I've done myself :)

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