Ill-considered complaints [was: RE: early networking (was Re: G4 cube (was Re: 68K Macs with MacOS 7.5 still in production use...))]

Rich Alderson RichA at
Wed Sep 14 18:28:14 CDT 2016

From: Dale H. Cook
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:52 AM

> Please do not change the subject line in a thread. The subject line of
> this thread has been changed twice since it began as "68K Macs with MacOS
> 7.5 still in production use..." When you change a subject line the header
> information concerning the subject is unchanged, and that is what the
> list archives and some email clients go by. There are now three threads
> concerning different subjects archived as one thread at
> If you want to change a subject please start a new thread, and if you
> wish you can give the new thread a subject line such as "New Subject (was
> Old Subject)" to reflect its origin.

Actually, Mr. Cook, the standard for the last 35 years or so has been to
change the subject line, with the old subject in SQUARE BRACKETS with the
characters "was: " prepended.  Any decent newsreader or threading mail
reader knows how to deal with that, and threading is unbroken.  What was
broken in the messages about which you complain is the substitution of
parentheses () for brackets [].

See the subject line on this message for an example.


Rich Alderson
Vintage Computing Sr. Systems Engineer
Living Computer Museum
2245 1st Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98134

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