[thelist] [Off-Topic] How about labeling things as "off topic", instead of decreasing the amount of the signal (was: Re: Hello Everybody!)

Chris Dorer cdorer at gmail.com
Mon May 9 07:14:14 CDT 2016

And if things were off-topic we would cover it back over with a Great Tip
of the Day in the same email.

- Chris

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 7:05 AM, Volkan Özçelik <volkan.ozcelik at gmail.com>

> See the subject.
> regarding:
> >  it can become an even
> more pointed issue if subscribers suddenly see random chat appearing
> in their inboxes which has nothing to do with the list topic.
> Back in old days, we used to do that too.
> Changing the subject will create a new thread in almost all mail clients
> (when you configure them correctly.
> Format:
> * $NewSubject (was: $OldSubject) => for non-off-topic posts.
> * [Off-Topic] $NewSubject (was: $OldSubject) => for kinda sorta
> to-the-point posts.
> Examples:
> * [Off topic] What a game (Real Madrid - Barcelona!) (Was: Re: 5-1
> Barcelona did some pretty cool $#!% here)
> * Opinions on Transpilers and Build Tools (was: I cannot understand why we
> need grunt at all)
> And we also used to delete any unnecessary text from the body (as in this
> email) to keep things concise.
> (many email clients attach the rest of the thread to the bottom of the mail
> body, which makes things harder to follow)
> I believe there’s too little flame on the wood, and splitting it to further
> channels will kill the fire.
> That’s just 2c from a fellow engineer with an MBA whose (human-readable
> form of) thesis subject was Social Media and Marketing ;)
> Cheers,
> Volkan.
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