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From: Braden McDaniel (braden_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-01-11 23:30:31

On Thu, 11 Jan 2007 12:58:46 -0800, Thomas Witt wrote:

> Braden,
> Braden McDaniel wrote:
>> Thomas Witt wrote:
>>> Doug,
>>> can you make it so that these posts all start separate threads?
>> This *is* a separate thread. (Note the lack of References and
>> In-Reply-To in Doug's posting.)
>> The problem may be that your mail reader is organizing e-mail by subject.
> Yep I know, imprecise wording on my side. Make this popular mail readers
> don't thread them.

I thought Outlook Express threaded correctly. I know Evolution does. So
does Thunderbird, when configured properly.

I see you're using Thunderbird. You can configure it to thread properly by
setting these options in user.js:

  user_pref("mail.thread_without_re", false);
  user_pref("mail.strict_threading", true);

You will need to delete your *.msf files so that Thunderbird can
regenerate them.

> PS: I know this should be fixed on the client side, but unfortunately we
> are still restricted to living in the real world. Oh well!

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that, by and large, this behavior is
deliberate. Apparently the perception on the part of the developers of
mail clients that group unrelated messages with matching subjects is that
their users demand this functionality.

The solution, then, is for users who find this functionality objectionable
either to change it or to use a different mail reader that functions as
desired. The solution is not for persons to start adding arbitrary noise
to the subjects of their e-mail.

Braden McDaniel                           e-mail: <braden_at_[hidden]>
<>                    Jabber: <braden_at_[hidden]>

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