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Subject lines

We returned from a very successful Region 4 Spring Show Sunday afternoon
(Thank you Francis Scott Key Iris Society of Baltimore and vicinity) and I
had almost 400 messages in my in-box, the vast majority of them from the
iris list and another horticultural list to which I subscribe.  Under these
circumstances, I normally scan the index for originators and subject lines,
and delete most, pulling up only those I think I should read. (When in
doubt, I assume you have something worth while and of general interest to
say, and I read the post.)

There were either five or six messages with "Region 4 Spring Show" as a
subject line.  I read the first, and it had to do with who might be
attending the show, a perfectly legitimate subject for the list in my view.
But the others all dealt with another show or a totally different subject.
Again, I guess they all were legitimate messages to post to the list, but I
pulled them up and read them only because they had misleading subject lines.
This was a waste of time when I was tired and possibly even a little bit
grouchy.  (Who, me?)

It would be a kindness to other subscribers to the list if all who post
messages as a response to or because of a previous posting would ensure that
the subject line of the new message reflects the content of the new message.
Please don't just hit the response button and automatically accept the old
subject line as the title of your message if the subject has changed and the
old title is no longer appropriate.  And, of course, it would be an even
greater kindness if -- when the new message is of interest only to one or
two members of the list -- it were sent by direct e-mail instead of to the
whole list.  

Thanks for your consideration.


Edmund L. Castillo in Loudoun Co., VA

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