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Alex Fink, On 11/06/2010 18:48:
> In the first instance, this is a friendly reiteration of the reminder
> to be more careful about tags.  Tags are only recognised if a colon
> immediately follows them -- "OT:" is correct; "OT :" isn't.  Give the
> folk who're trying to filter this stuff a hand.
> 
> But my primary purpose is this.  There's a hoary old line in the list
> FAQ, added by Henrik back in July 2006 when it was first assembled,
> that says
>   * OT: should not be used, use CHAT instead as some software had
> problems with 'OT'
> Does anyone remember which software this was, and -- more to the point
> -- is it still a relevant problem?
> In practice "OT:" is still used more a lot than "CHAT:".  And if it
> doesn't now cause anyone trouble, it would be nice to have "OT:"
> reenshrined as a tag filtrable by the list software.

There's a slight risk of inadvertently filtering out discussions of Optimality Theory, of course. But I expect few would regret that risk.

--And.