can someone point me to the list instructions please [NO ACTUAL GET_IPLAYER CONTENT]

David Woodhouse dwmw2 at
Sun Sep 1 14:12:55 EDT 2013

On Sun, 2013-09-01 at 13:33 +0100, TQ wrote:
> If possible, whilst banging on about the simplest of issues regarding
> the operation of mailing lists, would participants be so kind as to add
> "[NO ACTUAL GET_IPLAYER CONTENT]" to the subject line, in order that the
> posts might reach /dev/null with no human intervention?

I don't think that's necessary. You should have been able to tell from
the subject line, even before your addition to it, that this thread
wasn't likely to include any perl hacking. I'm surprised that anyone who
doesn't care is still reading this thread at all. This is one of the
reasons *why* we insist on correct threading, after all.

People occasionally asking for instructions on how to use email
'properly' is one of the prices we pay for actually enforcing some
semblance of netiquette. On most lists I run, the tradeoff of that
enforcement is a clear win for the signal:noise ratio; I'm not entirely
convinced about this particular list but I haven't yet been convinced to
let it go to the dogs. So Mable Syrup asking for help is fair enough,
and I was happy to provide an answer. The message had a clear and
correct subject line, which was perfectly sufficient for you to identify
whether you might have been interested in it.

And once the 'I was offended' emotional incontinence started, that crap
had to be shut down forcibly in case someone actually got the impression
that it was tolerable on this list. Or in adult society in general, for
that matter.


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