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Re: st: RE: Correct Way to Respond to Posts when Email is Turned Off

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Correct Way to Respond to Posts when Email is Turned Off
Date   Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:45:25 -0500

At 08:32 AM 7/29/2011, Nick Cox wrote:
I don't know how this arises, as Statalist posts are sent automatically to each member, and you can't post to Statalist without being a member. Only your local IT support can explain, I guess.

But a small issue certainly arises for digest subscribers who wish to reply to a particular posting, and the only method that they can, or more precisely should, use is to copy and paste from a digest post and/or archived post and send a new mail using that material under the same title.

Whether the archiving software, and/or various mailers, then gets the threading right is not something that bothers most people very much. Short of converting ourselves to a web forum, there is not much that can be done about it. Abolishing the digest is not something I would think of floating, as digest subscribers outnumber regular subscribers.


Personally, I have email filters set up that send all the statalist messages to a separate folder. I often ignore many/most messages, but then when I do want to reply to a specific message it is easy to do so. It is also easier to identify messages I might be interested in than going through the digest would be. I also use a different email address when using Statalist, so that even on my phone before filtering I don't get a lot of clutter. To me, this seems superior to getting the digest, but apparently I am in the minority here.

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