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    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2010 Dec 11, 16:48 -0000

    To all posters, and particularly Antoine and John Karl.
    Antoine's most recent posting started-
    "RE : NavList [14797] "
    This is a request on behalf of those of us who receive postings by e-mail.
    Please DO NOT identify a Navlist post just by its message number. Provide
    other information; who it's from, on what date it was sent.
    Let me explain why. Every post has been given a message number, which was
    found to be particularly useful, particularly when Navlist business was
    hectic. Until Jan 1st this year, that meesage number was included with the
    subject label of every emailed message. This allowed easy searching for
    messages, by number.
    Changes were then made which caused those message numbers to disappear from
    all e-mailed postings. From the email reader, there is at present no way to
    discover the number of any message. We were asked to bear with this loss,
    which would only be temporary.
    Since then, we have had repeated promises that message numbers would
    shortly reappear on emails, but it hasn't happened yet. Instead, we have
    the worst possible situation, in which those numbers are available to  half
    (or so) of the membership, but if they are so used, are hidden from the
    other half.
    When message numbers reappear on emails, then I hope they will be regulary
    used, once again.
    Yes, I CAN find out which posting a message-number refers to, by calling-up
    the message board and scrolling through the message list. But that's a
    palaver I can well do without, when I already have Navlist messages sorted
    in a box on my screen.
    While I'm at it, another request. When replying to another member's
    specific posting, please, if you don't quote his words (and there are times
    when it's sensible not-to), at the very least identify the poster, and the
    posting, that you are replying to. It may be obvious to you who he is, but
    it may not be obvious to other readers.
    And another request. If the discussion veers away from its original
    threadname, consider changing it, but when you do, think of this. The
    Navlist archive goes back for some years now, and with luck, it will
    continue for years to come. And in future years, researchers may well be
    delving into the archive, searching out information that's relevant to some
    unimagined quest or other. Invent a threadname with them in mind, so let it
    be meaningful and relevant, to lead them in the right direction. Same
    applies if you wish to start a new topic. Let me add, however, that over
    recent months, threadnames seem to have been rather well-chosen and
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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