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Re: [opensuse] Title hijacking
  • From: Ottavio Caruso <ottavio2006-usenet2012@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:55:00 +0100
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On 3 August 2015 at 15:45, Carlos E. R. <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There are two variants.

In one, when what is being talked about changes from the original
intent, the writer may change the subject, like:

Subject: bla bla bla [Was: so and so]

which we say is branching the thread, and is accepted. We may say that
it is the proper thing to do when the thread diverges, so that readers
know it. Some try to create a new thread, but often this is not
noticed and the discussion goes on two distinct threads.

Another one happens when someone tries to create a new post, but does
so by hitting reply on an old one, changing the subject line and
content. This is called thread hijack, it is frowned upon, and
typically happens with newcomers, till they are told :-)

I've seen a thread title changed from "systemd" to "cystemd" to
"system", just to mention a recent one. What I'm talking about is
something different.

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