From: "Bernie Cosell" <bernie @
>On 28 Jun 99, at 21:09, Charles Bruce, Stewart wrote:
>> Sorting is immensely simplified by the use of subject prefixes.
>UGH. I hate subject prefixes. Could you explain what is made
>better by using subject prefixes rather than just selecting on
Gee, this takes me back - about 2 years ago I used the free version
of Eudora which at that time didn't have filters. The sun-managers
list averaged (it seemed) about 250 messages a day, and the PHP
list was nearly as busy. PHP used subject prefix, sun-managers
didn't. I was fairly new on the sun-managers list, and I proposed
adopting prefixes. I was immediately and roundly flamed from all
parts of the globe. I've never again had such a vitriolic response
to anything I've ever posted anywhere!
Nowadays it does seem that every mail client has at least some form
of filters. The only exception I can think of is folks, some of
whom I know personally, whose email is pine on someone else's unix
machine who don't have a way to install procmail (which let's admin
ain't that much fun to set up the first time anyway). So I
sympathise, to an extent. However, it's true there's prefix-lists
and no-prefix lists, and both groups are pretty adamant about
staying that way.
CBS, you're probably going to have to either find a client that
does filters, or convince a friend (your ISP?) to run procmail and
filter the prefix into the headers for you before forwarding the
mail on to you.
Hmm, I might even consider building a procmail-based email-to-XML
gateway and really impress the girls.