I was horribly confused and dismayed to discover that everyone that wrote back to me got grouped into a single "conversation" in GMail. At first, I had thought that GMail's conversation feature was very cool and useful--and it is, when it works. In this case, though, it meant that thirteen different people were carrying on three completely divergent conversations with me simultaneously and all of the conversations were smooshed into one "conversation" that was a headache to sort out.
When it doesn't work, it vacuums badly.
I moaned my sad story to jcobleigh, who laughed and said, "Learning has occurred!" I ruefully agreed with him.
Then this afternoon, I did it again! I sent out one message to 50 people (of course with
the same subject line: "wedding pictures!") and now all of their responses (which are of
course about wildly differing things, like how they forgot to answer a lunch-invitation email two weeks ago, etc.) are being grouped in one giant
blob of a conversation!!
I guess learning STILL has not occurred...