[OS X TeX] OT: digests

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Jul 3 13:36:47 EDT 2005

Le 3 juil. 05 à 16:38, Gary L. Gray a écrit :

> On Jul 3, 2005, at 5:28 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> I am all in favour of forbidding digests. Most digest users forget  
>> to change the subject line and the in-reply-to headers are also  
>> incorrect. This plays havoc with mail programs and with other  
>> subscribers (majority) who do not use digests.
>> With the sorting capabilities of mail programs these days, digests  
>> have lost their function if you ask me.
> I agree. On the other hand, I suspect that if I were to eliminate  
> the digests I would have a revolt on my hands.
> What do digest users think -- can I eliminate the digests for this  
> list and move you all over to the "regular" list format? Is there a  
> compelling reason to keep the digests?

 From a non-digest user: I think the digests have a use. Every now  
and then I'm thinking about changing subscription. Filtering rules  
allow all list messages to be transferred to a mailbox upon  
reception, right. But it's difficult to resist the temptation to have  
a look what's there, when the message counter icon displays something  
like 10, say; and I rarely do (resist). At least with a digest you're  
sure to not know anything that's happening on the list for a few hours.

But that's a functionality that's interesting for people willing only  
to read the list messages, not post any. I agree that for somebody  
willing to post, a digest subscription isn't really appropriate.

Another suggestion, that could possibly replace digests for some  
people: it would be nice to have an OS X TeX Announce list, where  
announcements of new software versions would be posted. In that way  
people could be aware of what's happening in the OS X TeX world,  
without necessarily needing to be subscribed to the present OS X TeX  
list with its high traffic.

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