On Friday 04 April 2008 09:59, Bob Lee wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM, Randall R Schulz <rschulz@soni...>
> > ...
> > ... Threading according to subject is _wrong_.
> Look, I'm no expert, but it seems to me that I should be able to
> reply to another email and start a new thread. If the standard
> doesn't allow for that, it's broken.
The standard isn't the issue. The standard is fine. It's the mail client
software that's broken.
> The sending email client could
> just drop the message ID when you change the subject, or the
> receiving client could use a combination of message IDs and subject
> lines to handle threads.
If MUA software stripped the In-Reply-To header when you changed the
subject, it would be impossible to change the subject _without_
creating a new thread, but doing that _is_ legitimate.
> I guess I can't relate--Gmail handles threads beautifully.
Not if it caters to this practice.
I cannot really condone the mindless use of email that is so prevalent.
Thread Hijacking (the practice you suggested) is just one aspect of
this mental sloth.