RE: some replies aren't really replies

From: Tom von Alten <>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:38:01 -0600
Message-ID: <000f01bea0ad$8a38b0b0$>

Christina Williams Heikkila wrote:
> One problem with using the In-reply-to message ids to determine
> threading is that many people (including myself) keep a large mail
> inbox. When we want to send an email to a person, we just scroll up
> to one they sent to us, and just reply to it, changing the subject
> line. This creates threads where there shouldn't be.

I'm concerned about the other sort of failing also - not threading messages that should be threaded. Having done some of the coding to keep threads intact, I know it has its difficulties, but the ease of simply relying on In-Reply-To doesn't make it a good solution.

I guess what we need is a volunteer to code it in C....

The best solution will not require enforcing "proper" behavior on users, since that simply is not possible.

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Received on Mon 17 May 1999 11:38:23 PM GMT

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