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Use "OT" in the Subject to Indicate Off-Topic Messages

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Quite often, not all messages on a mailing list are strictly relevant to the mailing list's topic. This is true especially for mailing lists comprising people sharing not only the list's topic as a common interest.

It is a good idea to mark messages that are a bit (or more) off-topic in the Subject: header already, so that people not interested can filter them to low-priority folders or ignore them altogether.

Use "OT" in the Subject to Indicate Off-Topic Messages

Usually, the keyword or acronym "OT" is used to indicate such messages:

  • Put "OT: " (without quotes) in front of your message's subject.

For example, a message might come with the subject: "OT: My cat loves spinach!"

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