Paul Makepeace paulm at
Sun Jul 24 23:00:35 BST 2011

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On Jul 24, 2011 10:46 PM, "Nicholas Clark" <nick at> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 11:23:08PM +0200, Joel Bernstein wrote:
> > On 24 July 2011 23:14, Mallory van Achterberg <stommepoes at>
> > > So what is this # key for mutt?
> >
> > Breaks the thread and creates a new one from the message. A
> > client-side fix for incorrect References: headers.
> A client side fix fixes that client. (Which is useful, don't get me wrong)
> But online mail archives preserve the sender's faux pas in perpetuity.
> [Although I *also* think that the mail software's authors aren't innocent
> here. This happens often enough that the software ought to be able to spot
> "you replied to this message, but changed the subject completely and
> all quoted text" and then ask "is this actually a new message?", and scrub
> the References: and In-Reply-To: if you tell it that it's not a reply.
> Software still hateful.]

Gmail DTRT IMO by treating a subject line change as a new thread.

Incidentally, an OCD mail admin can fire up mutt on mailman's list mbox and
do the # trick, then reindex the HTML archives. Not that I've ever done


> Nicholas Clark

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