quotation of database entries, software etc.

Jarmo Saarikko saarikko at klaava.Helsinki.FI
Tue Jan 19 10:22:37 EST 1993


> "Forsdyke, D. R. (1993) Bnet.jrnl.note 118, 1211est"

> Except that on my machine your post is number 43, not 118. 
> However, UseNet news does supply a Message-ID field in the header (your 
> message was <93018.121123FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA>  But what about 
> mailing list propagation?  Does it supply the same ID?

Dear Don,
it seems that quite many of us (including me) do not
understand Forsdyke's reference type. I had to ask him
this about a month ago. I think he hasn't replied to you yet,
so I will do it publicly:
The year of writing is in the parentheses, 118 should perhaps
read 0118, which stands for January 18th and 1211est is 
the local time when he sent the message. If you read the
Message-ID header you find the same information there! 
I received the same header, Forsdyke has only spelled it out, 
leaving the sender's address out.

In my opinion the newsgroup name should be the original whole name
and should not be abbreviated. It then remains to be explained 
how a message on a mailing list (not linked to newsgroups) should 
be referred to?  There is probably a message-ID created by the 
sender's mailer-software, but it may have nothing to do with
the time of sending by the software/noed of the mailing-list,
which is to be preferred. Perhaps Don Forsdyke has a proposal?

Jarmo Saarikko

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