Re: Email archiving [was Re: Stop the "John in Alaska" thread title!]

From: Jacques Du Pasquier (
Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 04:18:34 MST

Robert J. Bradbury wrote (24.1.2002/16:53) :
> On Thu, 24 Jan 2002, Simon McClenahan wrote:
> > I have saved about 10 years worth of email (various formats) in the dream
> > that one day someone, maybe me, will create software to match whole email
> > messages together and identify quotes as links to other messages. [snip]
> >
> > Has anyone done any work on this?
> (...)
> (see:
> and

Note that forward (replies to this message) and back links (this
message replies to) are constructed based on "Reference"/"In-Reply-To"
header fields, not by looking at quotes.

Looking at quotes is tricky, as the quote may be a bit different from
the original quoted text, so you need heuristics to do that -- I know
of no project that tries to achieve anything that smart.

By the way, regarding the changing of the thread title, it may help to
bear in mind that proper inclusion of your message in the thread
context within the archive only depends on you "replying to" (using
your email program "reply to" mechanism) a thread message, and doesn't
depend at all on the subject line, that you may change at will to
better reflect the content of your message.


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