[R] How to reply to a thread if receiving R-help mails in digest form

Michael Dewey info at aghmed.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Aug 14 18:56:58 CEST 2006

At 14:21 13/08/2006, Dirk Enzmann wrote:
>I receive R-help messages in digest form that makes it difficult to 
>answer a post. I noticed that my answer is not added to the thread 
>(instead, a new thread is started) although I use the same subject 
>line (starting with "Re: ") as the original post. Is there a 
>solution (I prefer the digest to separate messages for several 
>reasons and don't want to change my email reader)?

Dirk, I asked some while ago for people to tell me how they read 
digests in their news reader so I could put together a list of 
helpful hints. Unfortunately I got nowhere. In the email client I use 
(Eudora) there is an option to receive digests as attachments (as Ted 
Harding has also outlined in another email. It is rather hidden so I 
suspect if you can do it in Thunderbird it will be similarly hidden. 
Try looking for such an option and let me know if you find it.

>The way I answer post up to now is:
>1) I press the reply button of my email program (Mozilla / 
>Thunderbird, Windows)
>2) I delete all contents of the digest except for the post 
>(including name and mail address of the posting person) I want to 
>answer so that the original question will be included (cited) in my answer.
>3) I add the email address to the individual sender to "cc:" to the 
>automatically generated address of the R-help list.
>4) I replace the automatically generated subject line (for example 
>"Re: R-help Digest, Vol 42, Issue 13" by "Re: " followed by a copy 
>of the original subject line of the post.
>5) I write my answer and send the mail to the mailing list.
>It's not that this is tedious - the problem is that the thread is 
>broken. Is there a better way even if I want to keep receiving 
>messages in digest form? The posting guide is silent about this.
>Dr. Dirk Enzmann
>Institute of Criminal Sciences
>Dept. of Criminology
>Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1
>D-20146 Hamburg
>phone: +49-(0)40-42838.7498 (office)
>        +49-(0)40-42838.4591 (Billon)
>fax:   +49-(0)40-42838.2344
>email: dirk.enzmann at uni-hamburg.de

Michael Dewey

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