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    Re: Starting new threads
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Jul 1, 11:24 +0100

    Frank provided timely and useful guidance, on starting new threads.
    
    He wrote- "4) Be aware that people who follow NavList by email usually
    experience none of these threading and subject-changing issues that you're
    talking about, and they will be scratching their heads over this whole
    discussion. .... but most just display them in order received."
    
    That applies to me, and those words helped.
    
    The only point on which I would differ is where Frank writes-
    
    "4) Since most NavList messages sent by email and posted online include
    threading reference info, it is not necessary to include a "was" tag in the
    subject line. So if you're replying to, e.g., a message with subject "Re:
    Plath sextants" and you've decided to start talking about SNO-T sextants,
    change the subject to "SNO-T sextants" rather than "SNO-T sextants; was Re:
    Plath sextants". ["was" tags were useful a few years back but less so now]"
    
    As one who receives by email, I find it difficult, when looking at old
    messages, where a thread has been spawned from a preceding one, to follow
    the discussion back to its origins. That's the reason, when introducing a
    new threadname, why I usually chuck in a "was: xxxx" , to allow a link
    backwards along the chain, for others inquiring later, as it's not otherwise
    obvious. Then, for further iterations, I'll usually drop that "was....".
    Does that make sense? If it doesn't help, I won't do it.
    
    George.
    
    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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