>Harkening back to the earliest days of the web (Usenet news groups) and mailing lists since, the standard protocol/etiquette when a post in a discussion thread diverges from the original title is to retitle it.
Another old style netiquette consideration that I only occasionally take action on is pruning away excess messages in the replies that are sent to the list. This week I edited down two or three messages to avoid having 8 or 9 levels of previous messages from the thread in that e-mail. One reason I did this is that if the daily DIGEST for the list gets too long, a "Special Edition" gets issued, which can make it very confusing to readers of the DIGEST.
Unfortunately, many e-mail clients can make it difficult to identify everything that you're sending to the list (for example, many people have hidden graphic attachments in their e-mail signatures which can block message distribution to the list as well).
I appreciate everyone's contributions to the list, but if you can find a way to make them more reader-friendly, everyone will benefit.
As always, Thanks for your interest in Chemical Health and Safety!
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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