Tagging email subject line with something like [fbsd-questions]

Jeff Mohler speedtoys.racing at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 20:51:55 UTC 2007

I dont think subject tagging is poor at all.

whats poor is overly long poorly organized subject lines..but hey..[FBSDQ]
aint all that long.

On 4/25/07, Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at dial.pipex.com> wrote:
> Amarendra Godbole wrote:
> > I subscribe to many fbsd lists through gmail, and am not able to
> > visually detect which email was sent to which fbsd list. Is it
> > possible to add a tag in the subject line, something like, [fbsd-q],
> > or [fbsd-questions], or similar so that emails can be visually
> > classified?
> >
> > Given that these lists have been around for a long time, was there a
> > discussion on this? If the idea of tagging was dropped, can someone
> > inform me about the rationale behind this decision? Thanks in advance!
> All messages are already tagged with a List-ID
> e.g.
> List-Id: User questions <freebsd-questions.freebsd.org>
> Can gmail not filter on that?
> Visual tagging of subject lines is a poor solution.  Either you tag at
> the front
>    "[fbsd-questions]  Really long subject line that gets truncated even
> earlier thanks to the tag"
> or at the end
>   "Really long subject line where the tag disappears in a haze of ...
> [fbsd-questions]"
> Neither of which is satisfactory, and for most people with sensible
> email environments that can filter of Header lines, an unnecessary
> inconvenience.
> Not to mention the question of how on earth you co-ordinate unique tags
> across mailing lists.  Since the List-ID isn't constrained by length it
> can contain the email address of the list, which is already unique.
> If you can't filter on the List-ID then filter on To and Cc lines which
> contain questions at freebsd.org or freebsd-questions at freebsd.org.  Not as
> good, but it would do.
> --Alex
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