By the way, does anyone use a MLM which 'threads' in a digest? ie
sequencing by virtue of subject title. This would make following a
thread easier but of course still excessively cluttered.
I used to be one ... not use one, be one. It was 1990-1991, and I'd cut
digest issues manually when enough posts had accumulated or enough time
had passed. And that literally involved cutting manually: I'd print out
the digest queue, chop up the printout into individual messages with
scissors, arrange them (in nice weather, sometimes outdoors on a picnic
table) by threads, mark their position numbers with a pen, return to the
computer, resequence the queued messages in my chosen procession, and
feed the resulting mbox to my digestification script.