Re: Directed messages

Flor Lynch

Rajmund and all:

This is not disputing any of the foregoing in this thread.

There are many people who don't know what a 'conversation' or 'thread' means in email terms. I've come across a few people who simply thought that, by changing the subject line in an existing message thread as they contribute their own message, they were writing a new - even original - message. And neither did they know (until I told them) that their message would come out in an existing thread for other subscribers who appreaciate and know the value of organizing emails by conversation view. Alsom, there appear to be some differences between how conversations/threads are defined by different receiving email clients.

So it's best, if you're writing on a completely unrelated subject, of course to begin a *completely* separte new message: or, as was said already by Carlos and others, if your message is different (but still related at least somewhat to the original) - to indicate or mark this in the subject field in a noticeable way.

-----Original Message-----
From: rajmund
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 9:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Directed messages

If let's say, I speak about IPhone, and you then ask about the differences between apple and android, yes, that is related. But I often see someone asking something about gmail, and there's something totally unrelated below. Literally, all that needs to be done, is a select all, and delete.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos <carlos1106@...>
Date: Friday, 4 September 2015 9:32 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Directed messages

I agree that you should start with a new message/subject if the topic is
completely unrelated to the original one, but I believe that modifying the
subject with a reference to the original topic is acceptable if it is at
least related.
----- Original Message -----
From: "rajmund" <brajmund2000@...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Directed messages

Can I add 2 things, please?
Keep the original message, and if possible, please, when you start a new
subject, and if a new thread, please, start a new message. I never liked
when the subject says microwaves, but turns out that the microwaves
message became a new thread from used laptops, let's say.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos <carlos1106@...>
Date: Friday, 4 September 2015 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Directed messages

I agree with this and I would also like to emphasize keeping subject
lines consistent in general. I.E. If you would like to begin a different
discussion, simply start with a new message. Or if what you have to say
is at least related to the thread to which you are responding, but may
significantly side track the conversation, at least change the subject to
reflect this. I will have to work to follow this rule myself since I
have not always been careful enough in this respect.
----- Original Message -----
From: Donald L. Roberts
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 2:58 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Directed messages

Believe me, it is not my desire to cause a problem. But I am starting to
see a problem on this list that frustrated me on the other list,
specifically Blindtech. I am talking about the practice of directing
messages to a specific individual in the subject line. I respectfully
suggest that if anyone wants to direct his message to an individual that
he do so via private email. I say that because it screws up the sorting
of threads badly when the actual subject is preceeded by the name of an

Don Roberts

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