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    Re: Starting new threads
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jul 10, 00:06 -0700

    Scott and Jim and Gary and anyone else "worried" about threading:
    
    First, don't worry. :-)
    
    Second, this "problem" is really not something that is going to be solved as 
    long as NavList is an email-based community. The Internet email system has 
    evolved in an organic fashion with different systems for creating email, 
    different systems for reading email, some adhering strictly to standards 
    which really aren't all that "strict" in the first place, others attempting 
    to please everybody all the time, and most just trying desperately to stay on 
    top of volume and deal with spam and criminal activity. 
    
    Jim's email provider, juno.com, apparently does not use the headers which 
    preserve threads (technically these are the "References:" and "In-Reply-To:" 
    headers, and if you don't know what "headers" are, count yourself lucky 
    --they're supposed to be "behind-the-scenes" after all these years). Such is 
    life. Do we send Jim packing? Do we insist that he can't participate because 
    his email isn't exactly what Scott would like it to be? I don't think so. The 
    MAIN POINT is that we all just want to read messages. Threading and subject 
    lines provide some guidance but they're not foolproof, and they never will be 
    because of the various different standards and semi-standards of email 
    systems. But I do encourage all of you to try and bend a little so that you 
    can meet in the middle. On the email-writing side: if you can switch to a 
    different email provider without much difficulty, consider doing so. On the 
    email-reading side: if you can find a way to read email (perhaps tweaking the 
    settings in your current email software; perhaps trying out some different 
    email-reading tool), consider doing so. In fact, if you're on the side that 
    knows about threading, you're really probably more of an expert so maybe the 
    onus should be on you to work around the realities of email. Finally, if 
    threading on the google message boards presents problems for you, then please 
    describe what I can change to give you the functionality of those boards at 
    fer3.com/arc. How do we wean you off those imperfect message boards??
    
    For the rest of you, I apologize for the administrative interruption. None of 
    this is important, and you don't need to pay any attention to it if it 
    doesn't affect you. Please no replies on the general state of email 
    technology unless you are really confident that it would address one of the 
    concerns expressed recently. Thanks! :-)
    
    -FER
    
    
    
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