[Mailman-Users] How to delete a thread or message.

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon Jul 26 01:33:15 CEST 2004

I just added the following caveat to the FAQ at

CAVEAT: If you delete entire messages from the archive two side effects

1) Threading may be broken - if C is In-Reply-To: B which is
In-Reply-To: A, and B is deleted, C will no longer be threaded with A.

2) Messages will be renumbered - this may be important if there are
saved links to archive messages. Since the message number is part of
the URI, the saved link will no longer work or will retrieve the wrong

To avoid these problems, instead of deleting the entire message, leave
the headers intact and replace the body with "Message deleted" or some
other meaningful text.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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