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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,675 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Sun 04 Mar 2001 03:32 PM (UTC)
Subscribing to a topic

After joining you browse the major topic headings (eg. Internet, Security, whatever). You then subscribe to the topic. This will then notify you by email of the first post, of a new thread, in that topic.

Straight away, from the email which tells you the subject heading, you can decide if you are interested. For instance, if you got an email saying "John Smith has posted a message about the Epson 2250 printer", then you can decide whether to take it further.

If not, then all further posts about that printer are not notified to you, thus saving your time.

Subscribing to a particular thread

After reading the first message in a thread (eg. how to compile the kernel under Red Hat), if the initial message sounds interesting, then you subscribe to the thread, which then notifies you of each subsequent reply.

Now you can read them in a timely fashion, with the messages appearing in context - ie. in an orderly thread, so you can immediately see each response in relation to the points raised earlier.

Dynamic filter

Basically you can use the forum as a sort of dynamic filter, which you control on a day-to-day basis. Since new topics are likely to appear comparatively infrequently, you hopefully won't be subscribing every ten minutes.

- Nick Gammon

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