ADMIN: Subject Line Descriptors
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 02:08:23 -0500
We've a had a bit of discussion on how to use the subject line to help
readers zero in on information of interest to them. I agree with Mike
Walton that we don't want to get to the point of splitting up or losing
the sense of family we have here. On the other hand, if it helps
communication, why not? There always times when you want to find out
something in a hurry and it may help.
Some thoughts compiled from postings I've seen on this subject:
1. Don't use "Re:" in a subject - its redundant, wastes bandwidth.
2. Use SCOUTS-L Listserver Topics - I think this may be too difficult
and doesn't address the concerns folks have raised; e.g. which
country is information about or type of information - Nathan you
may want to look at this as a matrix.
3. Don't use any topics - would inhibit information flow.
4. Use topics that key information (David Jansen from Leiden suggested
using internet abbreviations, Mike Walton suggested a few more
alternatives, others have added to the list or corrected errors;
e.g. Commonwealth instead of Dominion).
5. Several wanted separate BSA and GSUSA leads instead of US or USA.
For what its worth, I've tried to form a listing based on those comments
with a little editorial leeway. These abbreviations could be used to
begin subject lines:
ADMIN Administrative Issues
BSA Boy Scouts of America (US)
CMW Commonwealth Countries
COL Collections and Trading - Badges, Patches, Books, etc.
CZ Czech Republic
EUR European Interest Items; e.g. Eurofax
GEN General Interest; e.g. Scoutcraft, Camping, Stories, Songs,
Skits, Stunts, Games, Activities, Humor, etc. (This would
also include program ideas)
GSUSA Girl Scouts U.S.
HK Hong Kong
INT International; e.g. Jamboreees, JOTA, WOSM, WAGGGS, World
Friendship Fund, Travel from one country to another, Pen Pals requests,
Baden-Powell, Comparing Badges, etc.
NET Network, Internet, WWW, Mosaic, FTPs, Pluto, List-Server, and other
NEW New Subscriber - Welcomes and Information
NZ New Zealand
UK United Kingdom
ZA South Afric
Like Mike Walton, I try to read every posting every day. I enjoy the rich
variety and love to hear how Scouting is done around the globe. For those
who would be helped by these lead-ins, I'm willing to give it a try.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F Bowman
Used to be a Beaver, National Capital Area Council, B.S.A.
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