[LISTNAME] in subject line

Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at alvestrand.no
Tue Mar 6 18:26:26 CET 2007

--On 2. mars 2007 17:16 +0000 Marion Gunn <mgunn at egt.ie> wrote:

> I have configured all the lists I run so that the mail exploder will, at
> the left of the subject line, insert the name of the list in brackets
> thus: [LISTNAME] .
> This is very useful on busy lists, specialist lists and lists with
> multiple threads and varying subject lines, as well as being a protection
> against the human error of answering public mail as if it were private,
> which is how IETF mail (lacking, as it does, a subject tag) currently
> surfaces in our mailers.

Only if you don't pre-sort your mail using automatic filters.
The [listname] tagging is only useful if you look at the mail from multiple 
lists in a single folder.

> For example, I have just received 2 identical msgs from Debbie Garside,
> one obviously listmail (identified as such by the [LTRU] lead-in on its
> subject line) the other apparently private mail (until an examination of
> its internal routing headers revealed it to be listmail.
> I note that LTRU's admin people already do this, and wonder if IETF's
> admin would similarly oblige?

The IETF-languages list's admin person does not agree with you.
I prefer to preserve the 40 or so characters of the subject line my folders 
display for the actual subject.


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