Unfortunately, email systems have evolved in such a way that the standard
References' andIn-Reply-To’ are horribly [ab]used; the result
is that interfaces for navigating threads invariably mangle threading
(in my opinion, the main problem is caused by the fact that nobody cares
In-Reply-To' says and everybody makes naive assumptions about whatReferences’ supplies).
In any case, I dare you to go here:
and play around with
Thread Previous' andThread Next’, and then provide
an explanation for WTF is going on (note dates too).
Now, admittedly, this isn’t necessarily a problem with perlbug or
rt.perl.org’s software, but I would add that the request tracker
exacerbates this situation by flinging copies of emails all over the
place with various Message-Ids and semi-spoofed `From’ headers.
Surely something can be done to make working via email more seamless;
the request tracker should just be a third-party recording the
discussion (and only spoofing messages sent explicitly via its