On Sat, 25 May 2002, Jens Langner wrote: > > Excuse me, but what is the point of pre- and postfixing subjects > > with ".. "? > Hehe. sorry if this is kinda annoying to you, but this is indeed something > that I have invented ;-) Lets count it as my style of designing my emails, > because I always start my subjects like this, because I mainly use the > subject to kinda show some part of the stuff that I wrote within the email. Despite my personal aversion toward Jakob Nielsen then he actually wrote a good column about microcontent (i.e. subjects), here's the link: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/980906.html And here's a summary: Microcontent needs to be *pearls of clarity*: you get 40-60 characters to explain your macrocontent. Unless the title or subject make it absolutely clear what the page or email is about, users will never open it. [...] This is really a must read for anyone who haven't already reached the same conclusions and/or want me to read your letters when addressing me :-) I actually deleted my sisters status report from her trip to Australia, because she put "News from down-under" in the subject (that just had to be spam! ;-) ) > And as you also use that periods to indicate that there is coming more, I > also use that within a subject.. You're free to end with periods, if the subject is leaving out details that can be found in the body. You can also add [JLanger] or similar *behind* the subject -- my only request is, that the most value-holding word be put first, without strange prefixes, especially not prefixes that make me confuse it with other E-mails with which it has nothing in common. > ;-) But perhaps Iam the most weird in here.. Well, I have friends who send me mails like this: Subject: Do you wanna see the new Body: Star Wars movie. Not only does it render the subject useless (in my overview, when I look at the 10+ new mails to decide if anything important has arrived), but when I actually get to the letter in question, I tend to have forgotten the subject (from the overview, 5 letters ago) and just think "WTF is he talking about...", until I move my head up and read the headers. Worse is if they include some question that generates a reply, then the next letter will be "Re: Do you wanna see", but may actually contain important information for later use (like an address), which is impossible to find some weeks/months later, when I look through my archived mail, searching for the letter that bares a subject that may reveal its content. Yes, that's my life -- I know this may all seem hypocritical that I waste the time of the entire mailinglist, telling about how I'd prefer to browse effeciently through new mail... ;-) -- http://www.diku.dk/students/duff/ _______________________________________________________________________ YAMOS developers mailing list - http://www.freelists.org/list/yamos-dev Listserver help......: yamos-dev-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, subject "HELP" Unsubscribe....: yamos-dev-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, subject "UNSUBSCRIBE"