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Wayne Mery
2003-12-30, 16:01
To: All readers

It's no biggie, but I've seen about a dozen so far so it seems quite
prevalent on this mailing list and there may be people new to the world
of mailing lists ... If you post a question on a new topic, it's
generally better to create a *totally* new message from scratch, and not
simply reply/respond via an existing "[slim]" message - *even if you
change the subject line*.

If you do the later, for example, reply to "Squeezebox doesn't see
wireless network", then your message is permanently associated and
buried into the "Squeezebox ..." thread. Mail software that shows
messages in their threaded format presented it as one thread, instead of
starting a new one, for example, on "Broken Slim". People who don't
care about the wireless thread may ignore it/delete it and never even
see the "Broken Slim" thread.

The reason is when you reply to a message, a message header line of
In-Reply-To: XXXX
in your new message associates it with the old message you in effect
"replied to" - creating a chain of messages, i.e. a thread.

A simple diagram illustrates how messages might be displayed on 3
different subjects, but Subject-2 was created by replying to a message
of Subject-1:

Subject-1
Subject-1
Subject-1
Subject-2
Subject-2
Subject-2
Subject-1
Subject-1
Subject-3
Subject-3

Just trying to be neighborly.
Hope this helps.
Wayne