[MlMt] How does Mute work?

Benny Kjær Nielsen mailinglist at freron.com
Tue Jan 17 09:59:13 UTC 2012

On 16 Jan 2012, at 23:47, James Pearson wrote:

> I'm not clear on how "Mute" is suppose to work?

I'm glad you ask since it's not really documented. I'll put something 
similar to the following description in the manual. Since I'm not 
currently using the feature myself then I may have forgotten some of the 
details (it may even be buggy):

It is a mailing list oriented feature. When a message is muted it 
affects all replies for the message arriving in the future. Two actions 
are taken:

* Replies to muted messages are automatically muted themselves and 
marked as read.
* If the muted parent is in a different mailbox (for example, because it 
has been archived or deleted) then the replies are moved to the same 

The result of this is that a muted message triggers future messages 
received in the same thread to be handled automatically. The purpose is 
to more easily follow a high traffic list by letting you decide that you 
no longer want to see messages in a given thread.

There is an exception though. If a message in the subthread is addressed 
directly to one of your known identities then the muting is 
automatically disabled. I can see in the code that I do not stop the 
muting if the subject changes. I should probably do that as well.

The feature is implemented by setting an IMAP keyword named `$Muted` on 
muted messages. When a new message arrives, MailMate looks for this 
keyword in the parent message.

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