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Re: Subject lines

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Subject lines
  • From: meistrel@nwark.com (Kathleen Meistrell)
  • Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 15:19:04 -0600 (MDT)

AMEN!---Me too!

>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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