[MlMt] note or subject modification

Henry Seiden info at techworkspro.com
Sun Feb 5 15:39:09 EST 2023

How about this: modify the subject on the reply instead of modifying the 
sender’s email subject or other.

For goofy subjects in the email on reply I add an additional item 
enclosed in brackets ([])> So I can sort by the original 
(“Question:” or otherwise) so it makes sense to me.

Chances are further replay from the same person will incorporate the new 
subject. If I was desperate on my file copy, guess I could add the 
notation discussed but haven’t seen the need so far.


Henry Seiden
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Techworks Pro Co.
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On 5 Feb 2023, at 15:27, John Doherty via mailmate wrote:

> On Sun 2023-02-05 12:42 PM MST -0700, <mailinglist at freron.com> wrote:
>> Yup, I never even noticed before that this option existed and can't 
>> really think of why I would want to do it. But different strokes, 
>> etc. Maybe someone has a reason that I haven't thought of.
>> I believe the typical use case is something like this: Whenever 
>> receiving an email with a non-descriptive subject header such as 
>> “Help” or “Bug” (it happens a lot) then the recipient might 
>> want to rewrite the subject to something which makes it easier to 
>> identify later on.
> Having now thought a little more, I have one long-term and pretty 
> regular correspondent who nearly always uses terrible subjects (e.g., 
> "question") and has other sort of horrible email habits, like 
> responding to existing threads with new messages with new subjects.
> I might try this feature after all but would have to experiment some. 
> I wonder how things would work out if the chain of messages goes like 
> this, where B is me:
> A: Subject: question
> B: change subject to something helpful, reply
> A: replies, does not change subject
> B: replies, does not change subject
> A: "replies" but really sends a new message with some other unhelpful 
> subject
> B: change subject back to same as second message, reply
> A: replies, does not change subject
> And so on. Might be more trouble than it's worth, but this is a 
> correspondent whose messages I sometimes want to find and refer to 
> much later, like months or more. That's when the bad email habits are 
> even worse than in the moment. Stuff can be pretty hard to find.
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