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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2008 Dec 08, 00:09 -0500

    Your post was off-topic, to be charitable.

    For the group, there is a long-standing practice that members of NavList can change subjects, spawn new threads, etc. at their own discretion. Some people get considerable pleasure from spinning off new subject titles in the middle of a running thread. That said, there are also people who get upset when new threads are created, especially when they appear to be continuations of currently running threads. So it's a bit of a balancing act. Of course, none of this is important, and one should not waste too much time --or emotion-- over it.

    Incidentally, Scott, you're mistaken about AOL and email and all that. My guess would be that you heard bad things about AOL back in the mid to late 1990s or perhaps had a bad experience yourself back then. But those days are long gone. And as a matter of trivia, it may interest you to know that the email address established as the "owner" of NavList is an AOL email (the one I am sending from right now). Also, the recipient of messages for the archive at fer3.com/arc is an AOL email address.

    Finally, Jeremy's messages are obviously email "replies" in the technical sense, as is the one I am writing at this moment. But if you delve into the arcane mysteries of email headers (well, not that arcane), you will discover that replies in AOL messages do not usually carry the optional "References:" header. That header was actually something that arose in Usenet and it is not required in email. Your email software should be capable of threading properly even if some messages lack those "References:" tags. Try googling the name of your email software and "threading" and perhaps "References header".

    And FINALLY finally, I now have to apologize for continuing an off-topic topic. :-) 



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