Clickable hyperlinks

Michael Torrie torriem at
Tue Jan 3 04:05:18 EST 2017

On 01/03/2017 08:46 PM, Deborah Swanson wrote:
> Actually it is, or at least it doesn't happen in all email readers.
> Mine, for instance, never breaks up threads.

Mine doesn't either, which illustrates the issue. This  message, for example 
appears under a long thread that started out life as "mentor training python 
Romania with certification" and then changed to "Cleaning up conditionals" and 
then changed to "Clickable hyperlinks." All in one thread. My client doesn't 
break them up because they all tie together via the message-id header.

And most of us would not like our client to break a thread just because the 
subject changes. Often in long conversations there are twists and turns in the 
discussion and sometimes side-paths are explored, and the subject often is 
changed to reflect this.  With a truly threaded email reader (one that shows a 
tree of messages, not just chronological order), this works out very well.  So 
if a discussion has a natural evolution into various other topics, it is often 
considered okay to just change the subject but continue the thread. Other 
times, it's better to start a new thread.  Where that line is is hard to say!

> I did say in the message you're replying to that I will try to remember
> to start new threads with brand new messages. (Even though I think
> pipermail's behavior is a bug, that's what many people read the list
> from.)

Sounds good.

I don't know of anyone that reads on the pipermail archive, except in response 
to web searches.  Most people use clients of some kind, NNTP or email.  And 
those that group messages according to message-id (most clients except for ones 
that try to be smart like Gmail web or Outlook) will show all the topics I 
mentioned before as one giant thread, which is by design (that's what 
message-id headers are for).

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