Herman Jurjus wrote: > David Bernier wrote: > >> There could be a common tag-word system, a generalization of >> "OT" for off-topic. So for anti-crank, a tag something like >> NTCRNK . Those who do not wish to read anti-crank posts, >> if those are labeled NTCRNK in the "Subject:" header, >> could create a filter to kill-file any message with >> NTCRNK in the subject: header. >> >> Sensible people who want to respond to W. Muekenheim might >> well be willing to add an NTCRNK tag. Or, the anti-Muck. >> tag specifically for Mueckenheim could be NTMNHEIM. >> >> Those who debate with anti-cantorians could add >> a nCANT tag to a reply to an anti-cantorian. >> >> If the tags are well-designed and adhered to, at least >> to some extent, they could serve as keywords for >> filtering on Subject: . > > A very good idea! > Could we make it 'AC' instead of 'NTCRNK'?
Yes, AC is shorter. Sometimes, it denotes the Axiom of Choice in the math. literature.
But short tags are nice. Also, I read Usenet using a news-reader rather than at Google, so if there's a new newsgroup, I'll still use a newsreader to read it, for the foreseeable future, so there's no reason to give my eventual preferences more weight than the preference of someone who will benefit a lot from a new, robo-moderated group, who will benefit because they use Google or maybe MathForum quite frequently.
> Shorter, easier to remember, more in line with the already widely known > [OT] tag, etc. > > Also: for the purpose of filters, wouldn't it be better to stick to one > tag, rather than inventing a new tag for every person or subject? >
Yes, I think anti-crank or the AC tag covers both those who reply to Mueckenheim and those who reply to the anti-[insert_name_of_theory]+ians.