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Re: [semweb-lifesci]

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 22:05:36 -0600
Message-Id: <p06230902c35ece9c1876@[]>
To: "Ralph R. Swick" <swick@w3.org>
Cc: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

>At 05:53 PM 11/12/2007 +0100, Wacek Kusnierczyk wrote:
>>To the maintainers of this list:  consider configuring the list so 
>>that messages sent to it have a prefix like [semweb-lifesci] 
>>automatically added to the subject line, as it is often the 
>>practice with other lists.  It helps filtering, sorting, and 
>>maintaining the inbox.
>Our Systems Team has fielded this request many times.

Its about time it bloody well listened, then.

>Please see "Subject tagging for W3C lists" [1].
>    [1] http://www.w3.org/Mail/subject-tagging
>Note, in particular,
>    "All messages distributed by our mailing lists are sent with a
>    List-Id header identifying the list, e.g. for www-html:
>       List-Id: <www-html.w3.org>
>    This is the standard way to identify a mailing list, per RFC 2919."

RFC 2919 does not help me sort my email, whereas the requested 
subject-line prefix does. (I use Eudora, which is very old software 
but still way better than anything else on offer.) Nobody is asking 
W3C to not be conformant, but to refuse to be cooperative as well as 
conformant is just being arrogant. RFC 2919 does not prohibit or 
deprecate the suggested usage.

By the way, the tone of the document [1] is extremely annoying. If 
the W3C were a company taking this attitude, it would have lost its 
customer base years ago. Of course, the W3C isn't a company: but 
y'all might give some thought to the fact the great bulk of the W3C's 
work is done by volunteers, who are the people getting screwed over 
by the Systems Team's almost palpable arrogance.


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