[sylpheed:36069] Re: (no subject)

cgw993 at aol.com cgw993 at aol.com
Thu Jun 5 04:05:02 JST 2014

My point was really to allow the user to decide if they want to see the
confirmation message or not.  For me the issue becomes should the user be
allowed to have as much control over the software as possible, or should
others decide for them.  

Regarding your conclusions

Usefulness - I do not appreciate subject lines or find them useful. I am
sure others do and I have not problem with that.

Spam - Not much of an issue for me with or without subject lines

Malware - Not an issue for me unless I click a link or open an attached
file.  There may be another form of malware that I am not aware of though. 

Courtesy - I don't consider them to be a courtesy but a waste of time and
possibly a breach of privacy.  I am sure others appreciate them though.  If
I am not mistaken, subject lines are not typically encrypted and are sent
plain text, even with PGP etc.  I have not confirmed that though, just that
I thought I read that somewhere.

Organization - I prefer to read the email and them manually move the email
to a folder rather than have this done automatically. I would never attempt
to automatically or even manually classify emails based only on the subject
line unless the emails were of no real importance. On the other hand I do
not receive 100+ emails per day as others I am sure do.

If I were to label others as "intelligent", "Old", "Not intelligent", or any
label at all, it would still have no bearing on whether the person I have
labeled has the right to set things the way they wish. If they wish to do
something a certain way, they should be allowed to do so if possible.  In
this case, turning off the confirmation message seems easily possible.

In summary - I find the confirmation box regarding the blank subject line to
be an annoyance and I wish there was a setting I could use the turn that


-----Original Message-----
From: sylpheed-bounces at sraoss.jp [mailto:sylpheed-bounces at sraoss.jp] On
Behalf Of Gene Goldenfeld
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 4:44 AM
To: sylpheed at sraoss.jp
Subject: [sylpheed:36068] Re: (no subject)

Wlecome to Sylpheed.  Many of us have thanked Hiro many times over the years
and continue to do so.  It only appears less so now since Sylpheed is so
well written and established that there has been much less exchange on the

Perhaps because you use an "enclosed" system such as AOL, you don't
appreciate about empty subject lines and their usefulness, including the
reminder (I've had to explain it to older relatives who use AOL too). First,
for many years empty subject lines were (and still occasionaly are) the
modus operandi of mass spammers and those sending malware.  Knowing that
helped intelligent users spot potential problems, while the attitude you
express about someone taking the time to write is one that helped facilitate
the spread of malware around the world.  Second, a subject line is a matter
of elementary courtesy toward others, one that lets the receiver(s) know
what the email is about, at least its general subject, so they can decide
whether or not they want to read it and when. And third, in the various
subject folders for email I keep, I'd be at a complete loss trying to find
what I need w/o subject lines. 


On Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:31:33 -0700
<cgw993 at aol.com> wrote:

> I just wanted to give some feedback for Sylpheed. I am still using ...
>  On this mailing list I do not see a lot of people giving a thanks or 
> positive feedback for this software.  So Hiroyuki, if you are the 
> creator of Sylpheed or largely responsible for it,  then "well done, 
> good work, Keep it up and thanks".
> The only change I would make to Sylpheed is to have the ability to 
> disable the confirmation box when  a user wants to sent an email with 
> an empty subject line.  I know I differ from a lot of users on this, 
> but I do not find subject lines to be useful or even a good idea.  If 
> someone takes the time to personally write me an email, I open it and 
> read it.  I agree that subject lines are great to help others organize 
> your sent emails (NSA, AOL, Google, Random Servers, Etc).

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