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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: META - Thread Hijacking
Date Wed, 01 Sep 2010 22:06:26 GMT
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On 9/1/2010 5:39 PM, Wesley Acheson wrote:
> I've seen complaints about thread hijacking but I always see them as
> different threads in my mail client. (Gmail) should I be using
> different software to subscribe to the list I think I've replied to
> them (threadjacks) a few times :S

As Chuck points out, lots of mail readers have started using only the
message subject as the thread identifier. This isn't really a good idea
because sometimes the subject changes (because someone corrects a
spelling mistake, or the subject becomes "RE: [whatever]" or "AW:
[whatever]" or modified in some other way) and not all messages with the
same subject ("i needz teh helpzorz") are necessarily related.

My mail reader, Mozilla Thunderbird, (used to?) defaults to this
message-subject-is-thread-id behavior. I decided to disable it and have
tb follow the SMTP header that was designed to maintain message thread
identity. (It looks like the "right" way is now the default. I was sure
I had to change it. Oh well.)

In the end, it's mostly up to the user's own personal preference which
way things should go. Those of us whose mail clients respect the
thread-id in the SMTP headers can see immediately when someone hijacks a
thread. Those folks have nowhere to hide: the SMTP headers do not lie. :)

- -chris
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