[fpc-pascal] CLI argument parsers

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 00:48:31 CET 2019

On Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:02:05 +0100, Martok
<listbox at martoks-place.de> wrote:

>Am 14.01.2019 um 18:05 schrieb Bo Berglund:
>> By changing the subject of an existing (very old thread) and post new
>> content you have screwed up the message handling of threads so this
>> conversation now gets stuffed into the "Resource compilation" thread
>> dating back a year and 3 months...
>> Please start new threads from scratch instead.
>I just changed the title for my reply to an already off-topic reply - but
>apparently people don't do that old newsgroup convention anymore.

I think the "old newsgroup convention" is to start a completely new
thread as a pristine message without embedded history.
I read all of my watched groups through a news reader....

>My original reply post was very much supposed to be in this thread. But as
>nobody seems to care about that post's content anyway and instead latches on to
>the smallest of notes... well. Whatever.

I have archived this mail list via GMANE News so I have *everything*
from about Sept 2003. Very handy for local searches of issues and

The original thread started at 2017-09-23 and discussions on it
continued a bit over 2 weeks until your last message on 2017-10-11.

Later the thread was resumed by you on 2018-08-04 and went on a few
days until 2018-09-09 (your last message then).

Then again the thread was resumed by you 2019-01-13 and now after a
few hours you renamed the subject to "CLI argument parser" and a fair
deal of activity ensued.

The problem with this for users interfacing to the discussion via news
readers is that these keep track of the posts not via the subject line
but through some identity marker in the headers of the messages and
this causes new messages to be inserted into the *original* thread
instead of appearing at the bottom of the thread list in the reader.
(Or top if you sort your threads that way)

I discovered that suddenly there were unread messages in my reader but
I could not see any among the new stuff. So I had to go hunting for
them and found this thread a long way up in the hierarchy...

This is what happens when one re-purposes old threads for new stuff.

I just wanted to make you aware of the readability issue, sorry if I
have upset you.

Bo Berglund
Developer in Sweden

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