[amsat-bb] Why do people start new threads when replying to a post on amsat-bb?

Burns Fisher burns at fisher.cc
Mon Jan 25 20:44:01 UTC 2016

So let's give this a try.  I did a reply to all from gmail and it is
sending both to you directly and also to the bb.

I seldom have this problem, but I suspect 2 or three variants of reasons:

1) The mail client you use employs something other than the subject to
group conversations.

2) The mail client someone else uses does not keep the thread number

3) The most likely may be that they get a digest and start a new mail
message rather than making the other common mistake of quoting the entire

My ideas anyway.  See if mine comes in the same conversation for you...


On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:34 PM, John Brier <johnbrier at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have never seen this on any other mailing list.
> Is it because the mailing list configuration sets "reply" to be the
> user who sent the email and not the list, and then it is easier to
> send an email to the list by starting a new thread as opposed to
> "reply all" and then having to edit out all the email addresses except
> amsat-bb?
> If the information in the emails to this list is helpful to others who
> search google and find it in the archives, it will be harder to find
> if it's across multiple threads.
> Additionally, not keeping things in thread makes it harder to follow a
> conversation and more difficult to manage email. If I am not
> interested in a particular thread I can just mark the whole thread
> read as opposed to two or three other threads.
> If a reply to an original thread is truly a different subject then it
> is common practice to change the subject like so:
> How do I search the archives? (was: Why do people start new threads
> when replying to a post on amsat-bb?)
> 73,
> John, KG4AKV
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