I guess the world being what it is today a discussion on threads (very tantric I might add) made for a great diversion. Or was it that Rahu was channeling through the group members as it transits my sixth house? While we're at it let's call it "threadiquette."
new.morning wrote: >No comment. > >Just making this a proper thread. I break outin hives when there is >such disorderliness. :) > > >Re: Being Condescending ... > >--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Bhairitu <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > >>authfriend wrote: >> >> ><snip> > > >>>I'm not a programmer, but I've been participating >>>in electronic forums, via BBSs, email, newsgroups, >>>and on the Web for over 20 years, and I've never >>>heard the term "thread hijacking" except from >>>you. I have no idea what it's supposed to mean. >>> >>> >>> >>Probably because it may not be possible much of anywhere else >>except Yahoo Groups. >> >> > >But Vaj says it's a common phrase from "the earlier >days on the net," and Yahoo Groups is quite recent. > >It may not be apparent unless you are using an email > > >>client. What it means is trying to start a new thread by taking an >>existing message and just changing the subject line. >> >> > >An entirely new thead, or a tangent of the original >one, where the discussion has changed course and the >heading no longer applies? > >Folks used to do this on Usenet all the time, putting >the original thread title in parens preceded by "Was:" >and nobody ever objected. It still happens now on >Google Groups' Usenet newsgroups, and Google keeps >all the subthreads together with the original (or >Usenet does, and Google doesn't change that). > >When it's a *tangent* to the original, sometimes it's >useful to be able to go back and see where it branched >off. > >I don't understand why anybody would start a brand-new >thread by replying to an old one, when it's so easy to >start a new one, and you don't have to delete the text >of the post you're replying to, since you're not >replying to anything. > > > >>I've mentioned this before here particularly last year and got >>mocked for bringing it up (anywhere else you may get mocked for >>doing it). >> >> > >Starting a brand-new thread by replying to a post in >an old thread and deleting the text of the post, perhaps. >I've never seen anyone but you get exercised when a >thread is retitled when it takes off in a new direction. >Often the old part continues in parallel. And there can >be quite a few branches off the old thread, all related >on some level, but dealing with different aspects of the >original topic. > > > >>But the person whom >>I was responding to was asking why the subject changed and that >>would be considered a thread hijacking. >> >> > >No, not when it's a branch off the old thread. That >just doesn't make any sense. You *should* leave in >the old title in parens, though. > >I think that doing that should actually > > >>create a new thread in the database but apparently the Yahoo >>database system can't handle that. >> >> > >Neither can Google's (or Usenet's, whichever one it >is that handles the threads--I've never been sure). >And personally, I don't think it should. Google >calls a thread with subthreads a "tree," because >the subthreads branch off. > >Yahoo apparently uses their message numbers > > >>to keep the thread order. I'm sure there were many CF's in the >> >> >Yahoo > > >>boardroom over this. :) >> >> >> > > > > > > > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Something is new at Yahoo! Groups. Check out the enhanced email design. http://us.click.yahoo.com/SISQkA/gOaOAA/yQLSAA/UlWolB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/