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RE: [APD] focus in technical discussions

Replying to a message (individual, not digest) without changing the subject
line can assist grouping the message thread together when using those mail
clients that support it. Frivolous changing of the subject line defeats that
feature but I do enjoy some of the wordsmithing. I was happy to see the APD
archive handles threading fairly well so it's there as a fall back if a
certain thread is important enough to review. 

So I come down on the 'we've got to be free' side - to do what we have to

Gary Whitt
in Buffalo - the city of no illusions.

-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com] On Behalf Of Steve Pushak
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:55 AM
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: [APD] focus in technical discussions

Scott Hieber wrote:
> Steve Pushak wrote:
> >
> > Do you follow the convention that if you keep the same subject line, 
> > you're on the same topic but if you have a new subject line, you get 
> > to have a new thread? Netiquette should be the thread originator 
> > gets to clarify what "his" question or hypothesis was. D'accord?
> Personally, I think whoever is posting should and does make whatever 
> subject line they please, depending on what they intend to 
> communicate.

Hi Scott,

I agree; we should feel free to change the subject line especially if it
doesn't make it hard for everyone to follow a discussion. ;-)

Discussion shifts can be amusing, interesting, educational or problematic.

Sometimes a worthy discussion gets bogged down when there get to be too many
tangential questions. Its hard to figure out exactly what we're all talking

I like to see information seeker satisfied they've found out what they
wanted to know.

Do the majority agree that the originator should have the right to clarify
their question if they're not satisfied with the responses or if the
discussion seems to have become muddled?


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