[MacPorts-Dev] About email subjects

Brian Forte bforte at adelaide.on.net
Wed Jan 6 15:49:42 PST 2010


>I think it could be a great thing if the mailing list could be setup
>to prefix subject of the email with something like this one:
>Eitherwise it is nearly impossible to distinguish between list
>messages and personal ones.

Look in the headers of any message from the list. You'll find a bunch 
of 'List-*' headers including List-Id as follows:

     List-Id: MacPorts Project developers list

Most modern mailing lists populate these headers with list-specific 
information and most modern e-mail clients can filter on any header, 
so you can use the contents of List-Id to filter mailing list traffic 
out from e-mail sent directly to you.

FWIW, I prefer List-Id fields to adding a string to the Subject field 
for the same reason as I prefer Type codes or UTIs to file-name 
extensions. Overloading a single field with multiple information 
types is the very definition of bad database design.

Hope this helps.


Brian Forte.
words, edits, type, layout, code
<mailto:bforte at betweenborders.com>

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