On Thursday 19 July 2007 20:21, David Lucena wrote:
> I just reply the last received message from the mailing list and
> changed the subject and contents. I do this always in other mailing
> lists and works.
In your own interest, you should NEVER, EVER do this!
> Maybe this is a little different and keeps track of
> other data although I cannot understand how. I think that the
> recipient was not changed, so the list must have kept track of the
> latest recipient post or something.
No, there is nothing different. I explained this two or three times
before; maybe one day, the message will sink in.
EVERY message you send is assigned an ID. When you reply to a message,
your reply also contains a reference, by ID, to the message to which
you reply; threading mail clients, and web archives use the chain of
backward references, to collect messages into threads. When you hijack
an existing thread, your message is hidden in the depths of the thread
you hijacked. This happens, on EVERY list in which you engage in this
It's mildly annoying, when following a thread, to find an unrelated
message encroaching, but it's not to difficult to simply skip, and
ignore the diversion; the real problem, which you should worry about,
is that, because you've chosen to hide your enquiry in an unrelated
thread, it's less visible to the very people you are hoping might
answer it, and they are much more likely to ignore you. To give
yourself the best possible chance of getting an effective answer, you
should ALWAYS start a completely new thread for each new topic.