A though on how to deal with OT threads...

Dennis devel at muhlesteins.com
Thu Sep 22 14:18:57 MDT 2005

Grant Robinson wrote:

> With the off-topic threads recently (and the complaints about them), I
> have come up with what I think is possibly the best solution (and also
> one of the more complicated ones).
> The challenge is this (and someone else will need to spearhead this as
> I have neither the time to do it, nor the inclination, as a little
> off-topicness now and then does not bother me):  Write a filter that
> emails going to members of PLUG will be run through.  It would check
> to make sure the email is on-topic (this would of course not be 100%
> fool proof, and would probably need to either be a) trained, b) use
> Bayesian filtering or c) both), and if the email is not on-topic, and
> does not already have [OT] in the subject line, it would add it
> auto-magically.  The people who like [OT] threads go on about their
> business as usual.  Those who dislike them, or just want to skim them
> at times, can set up filters (procmail, thunderbird, etc) to put the
> [OT] threads in a different folder.
> Of course the ideal situation would be to have everyone voluntarily
> mark off-topic posts with [OT] in the subject line, but things which
> require changes to human behavior have non-deterministic success
> rates. :)
> Grant

I propose just putting a "[OT]" for "On Topic" in the subject of any
thread dealing with linux issues.  Then you could just set your email
reader/filter/procmail whatever to filter out anything that didn't have
that OT in it.


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