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E-mail Netiquette: How to Start a New Thread

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You should not reply to an existing message in order to start a new thread, which will also involve changing the E-mail Subject: line and deleting the existing quoted body. That's because standard-compliant threaded mail user agents (MUAs) will respect the In-Reply-To: headers and display the message as a reply to the one to which you replied.

The proper way to start a new thread is to:

  1. Press the compose a new message button.

  2. Fill in the mailing list’s E-mail address (you should have auto-completion and/or an address book).

  3. Fill in the subject line and the body.