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Re: Suggestion to group

From: Troy Bull <troy.bull_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:20:42 -0600

On Jan 22, 2008 12:26 PM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Troy Bull wrote:
> >
> > I couldn't disagree more. When I subscribe to a list, when an email
> > arrives in my inbox, I click it, select filter messages like these,
> > add a colored label and have it skip my inbox.
> If it isn't in your inbox, don't you then have to make an extra effort
> every time a message arrives to go to its now hidden location?

No, in fact the extra effort would be if it were left in my inbox. I
have a list of labels each having a count of unread messages. If I
want to read about subversion I click on "Subversion" and I am off and
running. I have many mailing lists coming in to this account, it
would be unwieldy to have them all munged together in one box. If I
see something in my inbox it is to ME, from someone of importance (not
that subversion mail isnt important). I can quickly see exactly what
I am looking for this way.

It allows me to prefilter messages via computer. Before I manually
filter them with my mind picking out good ones. If I know "this group
is all svn" then it is easier for me to apply my mental heuristics
about willingness to spend my time reading.

> > Takes about 2 seconds,
> > and doesn't waste 1/3rd of the subject line with worthless
> > information.
> But now you need to waste the screen space for folder navigation - and
No space is wasted.

> you are tied to some particular mail client in some particular location
> where you made these tweaks. I read from several different

No i am not.

> locations/platforms/clients and although they all see the same imap
> folders it would be painful to keep any client-side filtering rules in sync.

I filter server side, not client side. You can do this too, with
either gmail or procmail.

> >> another annoyance is the fact that when replying, the message is set
> >> up to go to the poster instead of the list.
> >
> > I agree with this one.
> Yes, this is another one where I see complaints on the lists that don't
> add the reply-to:, either about getting duplicate messages in a
> 'private' mailbox because people are forced to 'reply-all' just to get a
> message back to the list, or because conversations drift off-list
> accidentally when someone doesn't reply-all. And I've never seen a
> complaint about the lists that force the default back to the list
> address. I could see that might be a problem if the list topic were
> about personal issues, but for technical lists it makes sense to
> encourage public replies.
> --
> Les Mikesell
> lesmikesell_at_gmail.com

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