Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 09:57 am, Mark Fletcher wrote:
Plus, I think that creating new threads via changed subject lines is generally a good thing, no?
I'll be the contrarian (surprise, surprise): No.
I have never seen the amount of what I call thread splitting that I've seen on Groups.io on other groups, most of which is caused by someone either intentionally (as in to correct a typo) or inadvertently changing a "Subject:" line. It drives me insane. Like J, I have seen instances where a single logical topic/thread has been split into as many as four actual topics/threads because changing the "Subject:" in any way makes it one.
Starting a new thread should not be done with a reply, period, but by creating a new message (and doing a copy and paste if necessary to carry over content from a thread from which it's being spun off).
I know that the above is a non-starter because it requires users to understand the difference between a reply to an existing topic/thread and the creation of a new one. Something else that used to be considered "a given" if you were on an e-mailing list. I had been on several where even entering an entirely new subject kept your reply within an existing thread/topic because it could be determined that it was a reply via the message headers.
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