[OS X TeX] "Hijacking" a thread

Juergen Fenn juergen.fenn at GMX.DE
Wed Nov 5 01:10:08 CET 2008

Maarten Sneep schrieb:

> It sorts into the thread you replied to in Mail.app, so it apparently
> uses two items: the in reply to header, and the title (to help with
> broken mail clients I guess).
> On the other hand, I can miss threads that change the subject, because
> they end up in a thread I decided I was no longer interested in, and
> mark as read without further checking. If such a thread is a genuine
> help request that I know the answer to, then someone seeking help may
> miss out on a valid answer.

Maarten, Apple Mail is not a standard. I will never understand that even
developers use this consumer application for it is just crap. No decent
mail client will change the subject line in a thread collapsed if some
poster did. In fact the standard behaviour is the other way round. If a
poster changes the subject the usual behaviour in an email client is to
hide his new subject line under the old major subject. So the poster who
changes the subject usually has a disadvantage because his new subject
line does not appear in those clients that display the thread collapsed.
Most users who do not watch the thread will not see that a new thread
has been introduced at all.


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