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Re: CHAT: So, do I really have to use subject codes like that?

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 29, 2004, 12:12
Ben Poplawski scripsit:

> It says "CHAT:" I believe. > > Because the only prefixes I see are "Re:" and "OT:".
"Re:" isn't a prefix in the relevant sense; it's part of the machinery of email. The official prefixes (which are recognized when at the beginning of a subject line, just after the "Re:" if there is one) are: OT: and CHAT:, which are synonymous and mean anything off-topic; USAGE:, which labels posts about natural-language usage, especially pronunciation; THEORY:, which labels posts that are heavy with linguistic theory. People can set their subscriptions to eliminate posts with any or all of these four prefixes. Other prefixes are unofficial and not magic.
> But I haven't been here long, obviously.
Welcome! John Cowan, Lord of the Instrumentality of Conlang -- John Cowan [T]here is a Darwinian explanation for the refusal to accept Darwin. Given the very pessimistic conclusions about moral purpose to which his theory drives us, and given the importance of a sense of moral purpose in helping us cope with life, a refusal to believe Darwin's theory may have important survival value. --Ian Johnston