Subject line etiquette

From:Linda Jenkins

         You may be new to the HistoNet but you are one "sharp cookie" when 
it comes to discovering a serious problem with the HistoNet users.  It 
would appear the archives are practically useless if one doesn't have a 
photographic memory.  Just out of curiosity, I went to the archives and put 
in the word "RE:" (i.e.,  as in RE: to a message) and found 919 
entries!!!  If Marvin Hanna is  listening, it would be nice to have a 
mini-tutorial on subject lines.  Does the archive pick up key words or just 
the first few letters of the subject line? Should we remove the "RE:" from 
the subject line?  I have been exceedingly frustrated by putting in a 
specific search topic and being told there are zero entries when I KNOW 
this subject was discussed ad nauseam on the HistoNet.
         Thanks for bringing up this "Subject" (pun intended)!

Linda Jenkins, HT
Clemson University
Dept. of Bioengineering
Clemson, SC 29634-0905

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