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how many levels of 'RE:' do we need :-)

by princepawn (Parson)
on May 17, 2000 at 20:12 UTC ( #12152=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I noticed in the Newest nodes posts with 2 or 3 REs Such addition of RE will soon obscure the title of what is being replied to.
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RE: how many levels of 'RE:' do we need :-)
by muppetBoy (Pilgrim) on May 17, 2000 at 21:29 UTC
    IMHO: Replies to replies should probably have Re: prepended to them. It would be clearer to give the Original replies a different title, but this would make scanning the newest nodes confusing. I think the way things stand at the minute the Re:Re:'s are necessary to avoid a 'flat' discussion which would not always make sense.
      as someone somewhere already suggested, Re(3): or similar would look much better than Re:Re:Re:
        Or you could do a RE(username): subject where the user name is the author of the comment you are replying to.
Re: how many levels of 'RE:' do we need :-)
by blazar (Canon) on Nov 02, 2005 at 10:46 UTC

    I completely second that. Indeed it's extremely annoying.

    OTOH I wonder where they come from, since PM's reply mechanism provides the IMHO very clear automatic "Re^2:", "Re^3:" prefixes...

    do people edit them manually? Only rarely do I (feel the need to) change the node title, and when doing so I include an indication of the previous one, after having been -rightly- bashed for not doing so.

    Update: Oops, I had mistaken this for a recent post and hadn't realized it was back from 2000... I already forsee a cascade of downvotes falling on me... :-(

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