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Re: Re: [MathGroup]: Descriptive headings

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  • Subject: [mg52009] Re: [mg51985] Re: [mg51935] [MathGroup]: Descriptive headings
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2004 01:03:25 -0500 (EST)
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At the Google archive, at least, changing the subject disconnects a message from the thread, starting a new one. Often I go there to find things, and it's inconvenient when this kind of thing has occurred.


On Sat, 6 Nov 2004 02:07:59 -0500 (EST), David Park <djmp at> wrote:

> Paul,
> This is an idea that sounds nice in principle but is probably very difficult
> in practice. It just imposes another test that a submission has to go
> through before final posting. Whether the test is on the moderator or the
> poster, it is just going to be an annoyance. Yes, it would be nice if
> posters always used succinct perfectly descriptive headers but I would
> rather things be open and easy than trying to shoehorn every posting into
> some category.
> But this does raise the question: Does it help if repliers change the
> headings to make them more descriptive and if so, to what extent should they
> change them?
> David Park
> djmp at
> From: Paul Abbott [mailto:paul at]
To: mathgroup at
> To: mathgroup at
> [I will be commenting on this in a post shortly - moderator]
> Hi all, and especially Steve Christensen:
> At the recent Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, Luc Barthelet
> <lucb at>, a regular user of MathGroup suggested that it would be
> good if all postings to MathGroup included a categorisation in their
> header, e.g.
>   Newbies, Graphics, Functions, Programming, Statistics, Teaching,
>   Integration, Numerics, Symbolic Algebra, Special Functions, ...
> so a Subject line might take the form
>   [Statistics]: How to fit to an elliptical function?
> (not sure if the [ ] are required or useful). In this way, sorting by
> Subject would be easier. Of course, it's not always easy to do such a
> categorisation, and they may change with time (as a problem stated as a
> Numerics might end up being solved using Symbolic Algebra).
> Nevertheless, I think such a change would be very useful. It should also
> help when doing searches on MathGroup archives.
> Cheers,
> Paul
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