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Date:      Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:39:10 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <>
Subject:   Re: Infinite stupid threads ...
Message-ID:  <20200618093910.44fa9ead@archlinux>
In-Reply-To: <alpine.BSF.2.22.419.2006180652160.909@fbsd.local>
References:  <alpine.BSF.2.22.419.2006171931420.1447@fbsd.local> <> <alpine.BSF.2.22.419.2006180652160.909@fbsd.local>

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On Thu, 18 Jun 2020 07:07:05 +0000 (UTC), Roderick wrote:
>Normaly, one takes emails seriously, at least more seriously than
>small talk forums, one reads every email, or is aware of every
>incomming mail. That is why I read emails in the order they arrive,
>I do not use threading with email.

Full ACK. Btw. I sort by date, too and only sort by thread on demand.

>Makes the mailing list less serious, people take emails less serious,
>concentrate less on what is being written, at the end filter them to
>trash or dev/null without even reading them.

Yesno. I dislike plain technical mailing lists without any small talk.

Under normal circumstances it's reasonable to read the body of an email
with a subject like "Will FreeBSD migrate away from BSD-style init?" and
to reply. At the moment it's safe to redirect emails with similar
subjects to /dev/null , without even considering to read the emails'

When there's room for small talk, it temporarily could become a
problem, even without provocateurs, so for a short time it's necessary
to take measures, at least if provocateurs are involved.

Btw. a nice measure for a seldom happening emergency case is to shut
down a mailing list for 3 days. Usually nobody needs to get banned and
after 3 days everything is ok again.

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