mails with no Subject: line

David Woolley forums at
Fri Nov 27 02:58:56 EST 2009

John Bailey wrote:
> It could be partially the crappy webmail interfaces to blame, but a lot of this
> falls squarely on the shoulders of people who don't know how to use e-mail properly.

It basically reflects the market for Pidgin, and particularly that 
segment of the market that can't solve problems, or determine that a 
request is unreasonable, by themselves.

> It's been threatened before to make all our mailing lists forcibly reject mail
> without proper subject lines, but nothing has come of that yet.  For the record,
> I'm fully in favor of rejecting blank subjects.

To do a good job, you would need some good heuristics.  One or two word 
subjects or the use of the word "help", should get poor scores, but I 
don't know how you do good AI to recognize all subjects that properly 
summarise a problem or question.

I did try fixing up the subjects of articles to which I replied, but got 
complaints from people using subject only threading.

David Woolley
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.

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