moderated Re: little idea about offlist messages

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>


       Seriously, you use "This is an offlist message" or "The following is a private message" as the Subject line?

       The original proposal dealt only with subject line filtering, not message body filtering.  I would not support message body filtering because the words offlist or private can be used in public message bodies just like this one.  I wouldn't even support filtering for those if they were the subject line because "sliding checks" are not only much more complicated but also way more difficult to make a "fuzzy prediction" for.   If I were posting a discussion about offlist messages I would likely make the subject, "About Offlist Messages," which I definitely would never instantly interpret as having the intent of actually being an offlist message.

        I am speaking only about Subject line and only if the "trigger word" is the first word in the subject itself.

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