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WlThread is a WikiLearnMarker. It is used to indicate that I would have liked to provide a link to a thread on a mailing list, newsgroup, or something similar, but, for some reason, could not. After WlThread, you will find information to help you search the archive(s) for that particular thread. The reason I didn't provide a link is usually because the post was not yet in the archive or not yet indexed in the archive at the time I added the reference to the WikiLearn page in question.

The problem is that I often read threads, see something useful, and want to reference them on a WikiLearn page before they get into (or are indexed in) the archives. Hopefully, I will have quoted enough information after the WlThread marker for you to recognize which archive(s) to search and have enough material to execute a fairly precise search in that archive.


Please Help!

If you take the time to search for a thread, please consider modifying the WikiLearn page by replacing the WlThread marker with a "real" link to the thread in the archives.

Of course, the link will really be to a particular post in the archives -- if you recognize one post as being more helpful than some others, make the link to that, if there are several particularly useful posts, consider adding several links, or give some hints -- like "the posts by Carl Sandburg (sp?) are especially poetic".

I am uncertain whether we should delete the information that allowed you to search for the thread -- presumably it could still be useful under some circumstances -- like if the archives move, or if one archive goes "out of business" and we now need to search in an alternative archive.

Lists of Archives


RFE for Mail List Software

I have made suggestions (in a few fairly obscure places, I guess) to modify mail list manager software so that posts are entered in the archives before being sent from the mail list manager to the subscribers. The modification would entail the addition of a link (to the post in the archives) in the post itself to make what I'm doing easier.

In other words, if my suggestion was implemented, when you receive a post it would include a link to itself in the archives. You could use that link to post on a web page for future access to that post.

If you think this suggestion has merit, please do anything you can (within reason) to proselytize the suggestion.

Recommendation to Use www.mail-archive.com and Hints

The mail archives maintained by http://www.mail-archive.com are among the best, and often better than the archives maintained by the "owners" of a particular mail list -- here are a couple of reasons why and some hints for using www.mail-archive.com:

  • The one drawback of www.mail-archive.com is that even though posts are added to the archive within a day, the index is only updated about once a week. (But, most "owner operated" mail archives take as long or longer to be added or indexed or don't provide an indexed search capability at all.)

  • Search is excellent -- if you have the subject of the thread (like "Subject: Re: [newbie] Thunderstorms/Powersurges/Powerfailures") you can do a search on it (like "Thunderstorms/Powersurges/Powerfailures") and ususally get to the thread you're looking for very quickly. (I have to double check some of this -- not sure how much punctuation it can handle -- I didn't test this particular thread as it's not indexed yet.)

  • http://www.mail-archive.com is currently a free service and willing to index additional mailing lists, and it is simple to add a mail list -- basically you just subscribe a particular address to the list -- look for more precise instructions here.


  • () RandyKramer - 02 Aug 2002
  • <If you edit this page: add your name here; move this to the next line; and include your comment marker (initials), if you have created one, in parenthesis before your WikiName.>

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