[conspire] Announcement postings
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Mar 30 12:10:41 PDT 2009
Quoting Eric De Mund (ead-conspire at ixian.com):
> Your suggestion of "group regulars only" is one solution that provides
> in-band "-announce" list functionality while not risking the pH of
> conspire too much.
> Another in-band "-announce" solution might be for posters to include an
> "[announce]" string in the subject line. I, for one, would welcome that.
This is a popular suggestion for postings of borderline topicality for a
mailing list. People suggest "[announce]", "[job]" or "[jobs]", "[OT]"
or "[off-topic]" or "[offtopic]" or "[Off-Topic]", etc.
You're probably spotting one of the snakes inhabiting this notional
filtering paradise: Inevitably, some announcements posters will start
using "[Announce]" instead of "[announce]", with the result that the 99%
of subscribers who didn't build case-insensitivity into their MUA
filters will see the message pass through.
And the bigger, fatter snake is that you're expecting people to learn
and wield the regex-fu (or equivalent) of their respective MUAs to
filter and file mail, which rather few posters ever do. It would tend
to turn into an all-purpose way of excusing anything that can be called
an "announcement", e.g., "Well, people who don't want to see these don't
_need_ to: They can just filter the postings out." Unfortunately, the
world doesn't work that way.
Also, the announcement posts thus marked still tend to clog the mailing
In my experience, "[OT]" and its companions really function more as a
social apology, as a way of implicitly saying "Yes, I know I'm a bit out
of line in this; please indulge me in the knowledge that I won't be
doing this often or at great length." Which is usually good enough, and
is an independent reason why they're often a good thing, in my view.
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