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Re: On Subject drift [was: How long will this take?]


27 juin 2020 à 10:51 de tomas@tuxteam.de:

> I'll take your question face value. While there are big similarities
> between both, I still see at least two (small!) differences.
> 1) The subject "how long will this take" at least gives a hint
>  at something performance-related. The subject "have you seen
>  this inside..." doesn't give any hint.
> 2) In the current example, the subjet was (somewhat, see (1) for
>  the limitations) appropriate in the initial mail and slowly
>  lost relevance as the thread drifted away (it still has a bit
>  of relevance, since the speed of /dev/urandom is somewhere around
>  there).
People can try to find any justification they want, "How long will this take?" was not a "meaningful, specific subject header" either (see http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html#bespecific that has been recommended multiple times on this list).

> As to why they merit different treatment -- I don't know. I don't
> think so. Human behaviour is messy, more so in big groups.
I think this is definitely the real reason ;)

Best regards,

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