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Re: Re: MathGroup /: Descriptive headings

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  • Subject: [mg52075] Re: Re: MathGroup /: Descriptive headings
  • From: "Peltio" <peltio at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 01:37:54 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

"DrBob" wrote

>Yikes, that's complicated!! It collapses of its own weight, I think.

Well, I was not given the gift of synthesis, that's true  : ))).
But the mechanism is not as complicated as it may at first seem.
Here's a sample of the mail to be sent to non complying users [1][2]:
    Dear Mathgroup User,
    Posting to the MathGroup requires the use of a tag.
    Please choose one among the following ten cathegories:
        [Frontend] [Kernel] [I/O] [Programming] [Symbolics]
        [Numerics] [Graphics] [Application] [Package] [Newbie]
    (to see how to identify a category for your problem please visit
        www.xxxxx.xx )
    If you are still uncertain as to which category assign your post,
    you could use the 'wildcard' tag:
    that allows other posters to add their own cathegorization.
    Posts without a tag will be automatically tagged with [].

The site www.xxxxx.xx will give details on how to make a problem fit into a
certain category, and will instruct the user on how to add subcathegories.
The fact that subcathegories are only 'suggested' and can be 'user-defined'
makes this scheme almost free from coercion.
Posters who don't care to add a tag can still keep up with their attitude:
the wildcard [] is claiming only two characters and can also be used as a
filter for generic spam, and as a placeholder to avoid multiples Re:'s. [3]

But, as I said, I've yet to see a NG where tagging is carried out
consistently. I wonder if the Mathgroup would be such a group. : ]

[1] THe moderator could set up a bot to send this letter only once for each
[2] The cathegories are only tentative, here.
[3] A post like "RE: Re: R: Fw: [] I can't get it done" can be easily
coerced to "Re: [] I can't get it done". The room for the wildcard tag
is no more hassle than a double Re:

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