Re: List suggestion

From: Chris Jones (clj@panix.com)
Date: Sun Feb 08 2009 - 00:09:59 UTC

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    Patrick Wiggins wrote:
    > Here's a suggestion for the list.
    > 
    > I'm on many lists and sort them by the list they come from before 
    > reading.  That's easy to do for the other lists because they all include 
    > some sort of identifier in the subject line.  Examples being:
    > 
    > Subject: [Utah-astronomy] Search for Comit Kushida
    > Subject: [CCD-astrometry-photometry] Photometry During DST
    > Subject: [LCROSS_OBS: 278] Re: Added Page
    > Subject: [Aavso-photometry] vsnet-alert 11010
    > Subject: [SoftBisqUser] Re: Alignment Aids
    > Subject: [paramount] Science Meets Art
    > 
    > Whereas a typical Seesat message shows up like this one that arrived today:
    > 
    > Subject: I am a video observer!
    > 
    > With a subject like that it could fit in virtually any of the 
    > astronomical lists I'm on.
    > 
    > Without an identifier Seesat messages tend to end up in the non-sorted 
    > section and sometimes get overlooked.
    > 
    > Could the prefix [Seesat] be added to the subject line on all messages 
    > the list sends out?
    > 
    > Thanks for your consideration.
    
    I admit many lists do this, but I'm (mildly) against the practice, and here's
    why:  there are already headers that identify that mail is coming from the
    Seesat mailing list, and almost any mail reader can use these to group
    messages together (I use the Resent-From header to split Seesat messages into
    their own folder, but Gmail offers labels to group mail, and other mail
    readers I'm sure offer similar features).  When I'm looking at a mailbox 
    (folder), the information I have is the name of the mailbox, the name of the
    sender, and the subject, and using part of the subject to convey the same
    information as I've already extracted as the name of the mailbox often
    truncates the subject to something less informative.
    
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